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TOP TIPS for PREVENTING a BACK INJURY WHEN LIFTING HEAVY ITEMS at WORK…

Lifting heavy items is one of the most common workplace hazards. It is extremely easy to injure yourself while lifting something heavy, even when you think you are capable of the weight. Unfortunately, if you injure your back, it can take you out of action, and even out of work for more than a week, as well as experiencing pain and discomfort. The most common reason why people seek physiotherapy is that they have not implied the proper techniques when lifting something heavy. To avoid injuring yourself next time you are required to lift something heavy, here are some top tips for you to follow. 

#1 EVALUATE THE ITEM 

Before lifting anything, it is important to evaluate the item and consider the weight of the load. It may be something that you can carry, but the size or shape of the item makes it awkward to handle. Consider whether you need to enlist the help of someone else, or the use of equipment such as a forklift. Spending a little extra time can go a long way to avoiding an injury. 

#2 WARM UP 

If the item is extremely heavy, or you have a lot of items to carry, you may wish to perform a warm-up beforehand. This will help you to significantly reduce the risk of injury, while making you more flexible, and therefore, easier to perform the lift. It will also help your muscles recover quickly afterwards so you are not aching for days.

#3 KEEP THE SPACE CLEAR OF CLUTTER

When you are lifting something heavy, it will be more challenging to navigate the space you are in. Make sure you clear the space before you lift anything. This will ensure you do not injure yourself by tripping up, which can be fatal while carrying something heavy, and make it much easier to get to your final destination.

#4 BEND YOUR HIPS 

When you have assessed the item and the space, and have warmed up sufficiently, you should first take a strong stance and bend down at your hips, as opposed to your back. Keep your back facing forward, and as upright as possible. Squat down and engage the muscles in your legs. The leg and hip focus will take the pressure off your back.

#5 FACE FORWARD AND KEEP THE LOAD CLOSE TO YOUR BODY.

It is easy to want to look down or around the room when picking something up, but you must keep your gaze forward. This will reduce the risk of injury as you are not twisting in different directions and putting pressure on your back. Keep the load close to your body so that you have more control, and help with your balance, as it is closer to your centre of gravity. This will also use less energy to manoeuvre. Make sure you have a tight grip on the item and keep it as close to your hips as possible.

Taking steps to ensure you lift a heavy item correctly can go a long way in avoiding injuries. Although it may take a little extra time to complete, it will be worthwhile. 

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THE FUNDAMENTALS OF RECOVERING FROM AN ACCIDENT…

Have you ever been in a car accident? If so, then you know that it can be terrifying and confusing. In addition, you might have questions about your legal rights or how to recover from the physical injuries. This blog post will give some tips on what to do when recovering from an accident. We’ll also talk about getting back on track with your life following the traumatic event of being involved in a car crash.

Consider Your Health Care Professional’s Advice…

When you’re recovering from an accident, listening to your health care professional’s advice is important. They will tell you what exercises you should and shouldn’t do, and they might also prescribe medication. Be sure to take any medication as prescribed and follow all of the doctor’s instructions. Additionally, your doctor could refer you to a specialist, such as an orthopedic surgeon, if you have any broken bones or other injuries related to your back, neck or spine.

Be Patient With Your Recovery…

Recovering from an accident can take a long time. Some people might not feel like themselves again for several months, and some even require years of recovery before they are back to normal. Therefore, you should give yourself plenty of patience with your healing process after the car crash or other type of traumatic event that caused you injuries in the first place.

Be sure to set realistic goals for yourself as you go through the recovery period, and reward yourself when you reach those milestones. It would be best to try not to compare your progress with other people involved in accidents or car crashes. Everyone heals at a different rate, so it’s essential to be patient and allow time for the healing to take place.

Mitigate Your Financial Losses…

In addition to recovering from your physical injuries, you might also have financial losses that affect the amount of compensation you receive. For example, if your car was totaled in an accident or needs to be replaced because it is no longer safe for driving. Then the insurance company will pay what they determine is reasonable given its current market value. Over and above actual damages, your injuries might affect your ability to work while recovering, so ensure that you reach out to a car accident or pedestrian accident lawyer for hire who is experienced and qualified to assess your case.

Consider Physical Therapy

Even if you have been released from the hospital after your accident, it is still a good idea to consider physical therapy. If your injuries affect more than just a small part of your body, then you might benefit from going to see a professional who can help you recover and regain strength in those areas.

If you are having back pain or other issues due to the accident, then physical therapy can help resolve those issues. It is often recommended that people attend at least eight sessions following an accident.

In conclusion, if you have been in an accident, then it is good to be aware of what you should do after the event. There are several steps that everyone should follow if they want to recover as quickly and efficiently as possible from their injuries.