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Proper Lifting Techniques Protect Your Spine

Preventative measures may not be able to ward off back pain completely, but knowing proper lifting techniques can certainly protect you from an avoidable back injury. We’ve got tips to keep your back injury-free the next time heavy lifting is on your agenda.

Start with prevention

Back pain is going to affect almost everyone at some point, and lifting is a significant cause of back injury and pain. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that more than one million workers suffer back injuries every year, and lifting is the principal cause of compensated work injuries. The good news is that many lifting injuries can be prevented with proper lifting techniques.

The best way to avoid an injury is to prevent it, and that means education. Most people know that it’s important to bend your knees when you lift, but bent knees alone won’t necessarily protect your back. However, bent knees in combination with the following tips will go a long way toward helping you finish lifting projects safely.

Tips and Lifting Techniques

With a little preparation and proper lifting form, you can complete your lifting tasks without putting your back at risk.

Summit Orthopedics offers comprehensive spine expertise

Our back specialists diagnose spine problems and design custom treatment plans built on a conservative, nonsurgical approach. Most patients find relief through treatments including guided injections, specialized physical therapy, biofeedback, exercise, activity modification, and medication. When conservative care does not relieve symptoms, our highly skilled surgeons offer proven, evidence-based surgical options. Together with you, we will determine the right course of action.

Start your journey to a healthy spine. Find your spine expert, request an appointment online, or call us at (651) 968–5201 to schedule a spine consultation.

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