Majority of people suffer persistent back pains from lifting heavy objects wrongly, and hospitals record a huge amount of complaints of back pains regularly. It’s also a trend for individuals whose daily routine jobs revolve around heavy liftings consuming incredible amounts of pain killers most common of which are diclofenac and ibuprofen which are highly addictive. These cases of back pain can be reduced through people learning proper lifting procedures.

The two most common kinds of back injury related to lifting heavy objects wrongly include:
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Joint Injury which could happen as a result of lifting unusually heavy objects, even the lightest, wrongly, or twisting and turning wrongly. This could cause the joints where bones meet around the back to get locked. This kind of injury usually requires the attention of a Chiropractor.

A Chiropractor is a “doctor” who is specialized in treating joints.

Muscle Strain/Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) could occur when demand is too much on the muscles around the back or the back is positioned wrongly during lifting. This kind of injury could take months to heal as the muscles around the back could get stiff, thereby taking a very long time to get back to its original condition. Musculoskeletal Disorders are medical conditions that arise out of consistent mispositioning of the body, or regular lifting of objects. It is rampant among people who do manual jobs.

Most people do not realize the presence of this disorder in their bodies and thereby consume pain killers constantly, resulting in addiction.

The following tips should be considered when attempting to lift heavy objects off the ground, in order to keep the back and spines safe:

  • Keep one foot slightly ahead of the other;
  • Always be sure to bend your hips and knees, while keeping the back as straight as possible when attempting to lift objects. Most people have a belief that bending the knees alone will keep their backs from being hurt, but that is not the case. You are highly prone to a back injury if you do not bend your hips;
  • Slowly lift while straightening your hips and knees, keep your back straight (!);
  • Keep your chest and face pointing forward, and shoulders back;
  • Avoid twisting parts of your body. When attempting to change direction, move the hips first so that the shoulders will follow;
  • Keep the weight of the load as close to the body as possible. The farther the load is from the body, the more physical effort will be required to carry it;
  • Move carefully as you lead with your hips, and keep your shoulders in line with your hips.

However, if you do get hurt or feel some type of pain from lifting, the best way to recuperate is through rest, applying ice to the surface of the area, and/or paying a visit to the hospital for proper evaluation if this is required.
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