There are many factors that can contribute to back injuries, which are among the most common of medical complaints. Often, individuals suffer back injuries due to repetitive motions at work or because of improper lifting. Leading a sedentary lifestyle can also contribute to back problems. A physical therapist at your community hospital can help you learn how to improve your movements to reduce your risk of suffering back pain. The following tips will also help reduce your risk of suffering a back injury.
Lift Objects Safely
Lifting objects improperly can easily strain the muscles in your back. Before lifting any object, nudge it gently to assess how heavy it is. If you’re planning to lift a box, ensure the load inside the box is evenly balanced and will not shift around while being moved. It’s always best to have someone else help you lift a heavy object. If this is not possible, squat down and get a firm grip on the object. Lift with your legs, rather than with your back, and hold the object close to your body as you move it. Avoid twisting your back, as this movement can cause a back injury.
Modify Your Work Routine
Even if your job does not require you to lift heavy objects, you can easily suffer back injuries if you sit, stand, or perform repetitive movements for long periods of time. Periodically, move around your workstation and stretch. Arrange your workstation so that it is ergonomically correct and limits strain on your back.
Improve Your Lifestyle Habits
Individuals who lead sedentary lifestyles are more likely to suffer back injuries because they are more likely to be overweight. Being overweight or obese exerts additional stress on your back. Aim for about 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity each week. Consider working with a physical therapist to learn how to strengthen your back and abdominal muscles.
If you do suffer a back injury, Englewood Community Hospital provides a full range of diagnostic and therapeutic services, including orthopedic surgery and rehabilitation programs. Since 1985, our community hospital has been proud to provide compassionate healthcare services to families in Englewood, Venice, and Northport, FL. To learn more about our emergency care, cardiac care, wound care, or other services, call our Consult-A-Nurse referral line at (888) 658-1598.