January 4, 2012
Lifting a heavy load or merely turning wrong to pick up a pencil can both cause severe neck and back injuries. Sometimes we forget the old adage "lift with your legs, not with your knees." It's also important to not aggravate an already injured area.
To avoid serious harm, follow these simple steps:
- Place your feet a shoulder's width apart. If your feet are too close together, you will have no balance; too far apart and you lose strength and leverage. As you bend, bend at the knees, not at the back. The movement is similar to doing a squat, keeping your back straight as you lower yourself.
- Once you have bent to pick up the object, use your leg muscles and stomach muscles to lift. Your stomach muscles help to protect your back—in fact, a lot of back problems can be avoided or helped by strengthening your abdominals. The muscles in your legs are incredibly strong, and much more capable of carrying weight than your back is. Remember to keep that back straight as you rise, and keep the object close to your body, which will give you more stability.
- Do not overly strain yourself, as this can run the risk of serious damage. You might also consider wearing a belt that can lend your back support as you lift, the sort of belt used by many movers who spend their days lifting and carrying heavy objects.
If you have suffered an injury from lifting a heavy object and need to seek compensation, contact the Law Offices of O'Mara and Padilla, located in San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Imperial, California. It's important to find out how an experience personal injury attorney can help you get the compensation you deserve.
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