No one is immune to having a back injury. Whether you have a strong back or have hurt your back before, it is well worth it to:
Stop yourself before casually picking up a light or heavy load.
Plan in your mind for the best way to lift what's in front of you. This could include enlisting help from one or more people.
Lift and move slowly and carefully.
The time you take to use the right lifting mechanics is far less than the days, weeks, or months it can take to heal from a back injury.
HOW CAN I LIFT WITHOUT HURTING MY BACK?
Follow these basic rules to protect your back while lifting:
Keep a wide base of support. Your feet should be shoulder-width apart, with one foot slightly ahead of the other (karate stance).
Squat down, bending at the hips and knees only. If needed, put one knee to the floor and your other knee in front of you, bent at a right angle (half kneeling).
Maintain good posture. Look straight ahead, and keep your back straight, your chest out, and your shoulders back. This ...
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