While arthritis is a frequent cause of low back pain and can be treated medically, most low back pain comes from simple daily activities such as lifting. In this case, prevention is the best treatment.
Lifting things the wrong way can cause severe low back problems including sprain, strain, and disc herniation.
Here are nine tips to help you prevent a problem:
- Plan ahead. Avoid sudden movements by clearing the path and ensuring you have a plan in mind.
- Stand with your feet shoulder width apart.
- Bend from your hips and knees, keeping your back straight.
- Use your core. Focus on trying to make your belly button meet your spine.
- Bring what you’re lifting as close to your body as possible both before and during lifting.
- Lift using your legs. Push up from the heels.
- Ask for assistance if the object is heavy.
- Avoid twisting at the waist. Keep the nose aligned with the toes. Move the feet.
- If pain does follow lifting and continues for more than 24 hours, see a physician.
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