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Can proper lifting technique save you back pain?

On behalf of Mitchell Law Corporation
April 10, 2020

The Importance of Proper Lifting

Workers in California like you lift heavy things day in and out. For many people, this repetitive stress is enough to trigger back problems. But is there any way to prevent these problems from happening? 

Today we will look at lifting techniques. We will also look at ways to avoid damage from repetitive stress. Together, these tools can alleviate back pain, strain and injury. 

What is proper lifting technique? 

Spine-health examines the techniques that help save people from back pain. One of the first things they mention is using proper lifting techniques. To protect your back, you must use your center of gravity and weight to your advantage. Bend at the knees and lift from the waist. Do not bend from the waist and lift with your back. 

Using improper lifting techniques puts strain on the lower back. It causes micro tears in the muscle fiber. This is muscle strain. It causes victims great amounts of pain. It can even make movement hard. Some people struggle with breathing. Needless to say, one back injury can interfere in a worker’s productivity. 

Disc damage from lifting 

Disc injury may also occur due to improper lifting. Bulging and ruptured discs cause victim great amounts of pain. In some cases, they are even rendered immobile. Disc injuries are less common than soft tissue damage. But it is still possible. 

To cut down on these risks, it is important to follow appropriate lifting protocol. This means lifting things by hand in a safe and sustainable way. It also means relying on appropriate equipment if a load is too heavy to handle on its own. 

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