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Most people lift things of varying size and weight throughout the day without concern for back injury. It is usually after a back attack or spine injury that a patient becomes aware of the importance of proper posture and body mechanics when lifting.

At our practice, we’d like to help you prevent back injury from occurring when lifting. Whether you’ve always had a healthy back, or you’ve had spine injuries in the past, the four easy lessons below will help you prevent future injury due to lifting.

Lesson 1: Good Posture and Body Mechanics

Posture and body mechanics involves the way your body moves through space. Good posture means the natural curves of the spine are not stressed or strained, but in a neutral position ready to absorb and distribute loads (e.g. weight) encountered during daily activities. Proper body mechanics incorporates good posture while the body is at rest or in motion. When good posture and body mechanics are working in harmony, spine injury may be prevented.

Lesson 2: Don’t Lift Yet – Evaluate the Situation

Before you begin to lift something, assess the item’s size and weight. Test the weight by pushing it with your foot or by lifting a corner. If the item doesn’t easily move, get help. The job may require two people, splitting up the load, a hand-truck, dolly or lifting equipment.

Plan a safe route to the final destination. Map out a mental picture to the destination and plan for places to stop and rest. Before beginning to lift and move the item, clear away floor clutter (e.g. throw rugs, electrical cords), open closed doors, and be aware of stairs.

Lesson 3: Safe Lifting Tips

The following tips apply in most lifting situations.

  1. Position your body directly in front of and close to the item.
  2. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart to give the body a solid foundation.
  3. Tighten your stomach muscles to help support the back.
  4. Bend at the knees and squat close to the item.
  5. Take hold of the item and bring it close to your body.
  6. The way the item is held depends on its size and shape.
    For example: A small box can be held close to the body by gripping the box at the bottom with the elbows bent. Bending the arms will help to distribute the weight and lessen stress to the neck and shoulders. Work gloves may help to improve grip and protect the hands.
  7. Before lifting, remember:Keep your stomach muscles tightLook straight aheadDo not twist or turn your body while liftingLift using the leg musclesTake your time, smoothly lift the item; avoid jerking movements
  8. Do not lift (or carry) items above the waist.
  9. When carrying the item, keep your knees slightly bent, take small steps, and use your feet to change direction (e.g. pivot).
  10. To set the item down: Keep the load close to the bodyLook straight aheadDo not twist the bodyBend at the knees (squat down)Release the itemStand up straight using the leg muscles

Lesson 4: Don’t Stoop

Consider the guidelines in Lesson 3 even if picking a piece of paper up off the floor. One of the worst body movements is stooping or bending over at the waist to lift anything. Stooping over places harmful stress on the lower back and can cause back injury.

Prevention at Hand

The next time you are faced with a simple lifting task or challenge, remember to be aware of how your body moves through space. Make sure you include proper posture and good body mechanics in your lifting plan to help prevent back injury.


Source: http://www.atlantabrainandspine.com/subject.php?pn=correct-lifting-056

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients:

Our patients, employees and family are our top priority at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

We ask you to not visit any of our locations if you have symptoms such as fever, sneezing, coughing and possible shortness of breath.

Please cancel your appointment and re-schedule once you are feeling better and are no longer suffering with symptoms.

Only non-symptomatic patients will be seen. No exceptions.

Accompanying family members – including children – are asked to remain in the waiting area and will not be allowed to enter the exam rooms.

During this time of high concern regarding the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we are taking extra precautions to maintain the highest possible standards of safety and cleanliness. Please be advised that we are carefully following recommendations from both the CDC and WHO and are here to help guide you through this time if needed.

Some steps we are taking to keeping safe:

  1. We know how important cleanliness is and always maintain the highest standards of cleanliness. To further offer you peace of mind, we have increased the frequency of the cleaning of our office.
  2. Rest assured that hand washing is strictly followed. Hand sanitizer is available to all staff and patients.
  3. Additionally, if you have recently traveled to a country with high rates of the coronavirus or have been on a cruise, please reschedule your visit for at least 14 days from your return date. We will gladly accommodate your needs to reschedule. At that time, a telehealth interface can be arranged if necessary.

Find up-to-date and accurate information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website and feel free to reach out with questions.

- Your team at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

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