Lifting heavy things without the proper technique is an easy way to hurt your back.
To help prevent back injury and pain, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons advises:
- Plan before you lift, and don’t rush.
- Standing near the object, place your feet shoulder-width apart.
- Bend at the knees. As you stand, use your leg muscles to lift.
- Ask someone for help if the object is too heavy or awkward.