Proper Lifting Techniques 

 October 12, 2010

By  Dr. John Vilkelis


I must be asked the proper lifting techniques to protect your back at least half a dozen times per week.  For those of you that are not sure of the proper methods read on and for those of you that are sure you know what you’re doing, read on because you may have forgotten something.

  1. The first thing to think about is, “can I lift this and carry it?”  Some objects may just be too heavy to move without help.
  2. Next, plan ahead.  Know where you’re going and what you’re going to do with the object you are lifting.
  3. Lift close to your body.  You are stronger and more stable if you keep weight close to you.
  4. Bend your knees with your feet shoulder width apart.  Then lift with your legs. All your power is in your legs.
  5. Keep your back straight not just while you lift either.  Keep your back straight when you are putting the object down.  Do not twist your body while carrying heavy objects even to place them on a higher surface.  This is the number one way people get hurt when lifting something.
  6. Finally, you may want to consider wearing a brace or a belt.  There are many inexpensive lumbar supports available and they can help to protect you.

Remember that it is possible to get hurt even if you employ all the techniques discussed here so a brace may be a good choice.

Please let me know what you think of this post.  I would love to share your experience.

Dr. John Vilkelis

Dr. Vilkelis has been in private practice for over 27 years. He has a reputation for truly caring for his patients and goes the extra mile to make sure people get the help they need. He accepts patients of all ages and is eager to help you get well and stay healthy. Give him a call today at (914) 618-4330.

Dr. John G. Vilkelis

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