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Health Tip: Preventing Back Injury

- Lifting objects -- sometimes even light ones -- is a common cause of back strain and injury.

To help prevent injury when lifting things, follow these techniques suggested by the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons:

  • Don't try to lift or move heavy objects in a hurry. Take your time and plan what you need to do.
  • Bend at the knees right in front of the object. Don't stand too far from it.
  • Make sure your feet are positioned shoulder-width apart.
  • With your stomach muscles tightened, lift with your leg muscles instead of with your back as you stand up.
  • If the object seems too heavy, ask for help.
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Posted: January 2008