|Safe Lifting |
Lifting injuries are a
common cause of back pain. You can protect yourself against damage
with good lifting habits, both at home and in the workplace.
|How Lifting Can
Injure Your Back
When you lift, your back is put under stress.
||Twisting or jerking while lifting and carrying can
injure the small facet joints which guide movement of the
discs which separate the vertebrae (bones) and the ligaments
which hold them together are also at risk. Discs are composed
of a jelly-like core, surrounded by a strong fibrous ring.
With repeated unsafe lifting, the fibrous ring or its
supporting ligaments may tear or rupture.
||Lifting while bent forward will increase the stress
on your spine. Contributing to this stress are factors like
the weight of the load, how far it is held from your body, how
often and how fast you lift and how long you hold the load. ||Why Fitness
Your physical condition is important. For example, stiff
joints and muscles can reduce your ability to keep your back in a
safe position as you lift. If your leg muscles are not very strong,
you may find it hard to crouch down. Poor fitness will cause your
muscles to tire, placing more stress on your spine.
injuries are most likely when the spine is bent forward and twisted
at the same time. |
|Make Your Work
||Always check the weight of the load and get help if
||Wherever possible, lift and carry heavy items with
a crane, hoist or forklift. Instead of carrying parcels, use a
||Repackage heavy articles to reduce the size and
weight of individual loads.
||Wear comfortable clothing and flat, non-slip shoes.
||Store loads that you move regularly at waist height
so that you don't have to bend your spine or lift overhead.
||Make sure that the pathway is clear. ||Physiotherapists Can
Physiotherapists are experts in human movement. They
understand how your muscles, bones, joints and ligaments work and
how injuries happen. They can:
||show you how to prevent injury in your home or
||teach you how to handle loads safely
||assess your muscle strength and fitness to design
an appropriate fitness program
||treat muscle, joint and ligament injuries to ensure
a speedy recovery |
Avoid twisting. Turn by
moving your feet.
A doctor's referral is not required.
Physiotherapists in private practice are listed in the Yellow Pages.
Contact the Australian Physiotherapy Association in your state for a
list of physiotherapists working in the occupational health
||Lifting in Confined
|By courtesy of the Australian Physiotherapy Association