Proper lifting

By on February 25th, 2018

Another quick reminder of proper posture. It is best if you can bend your knees and keep your back straight when you lift. This is not always possible, soeven if you need to bend at the hips to lift, here is a tip for decreasing strain on your back:


It’s important to maintain lumbar lordosis and pelvic anteversion (in the left-hand graphic above, the arrow depicts the proper counterclockwise rotation of pelvis) when bending or lifting. Even if you bend forward at the hip, as long as you bend thru the hips and maintain at least a flat spine or slight lumbar lordosis, this protects the back. Note that you will need to have limber hamstrings to be able to bend this way. Alternatively, you can squat when bending or lifting; however, be careful to continue to maintain the lumbar lordosis and not try to lift too much on one side (i.e., it’s best to lift equal amounts in both hand to balance the forces on the spine). If you allow the “C” curve to develop while bending (whether squatting or not), it markedly increases the stress on your spine.



Kamshad Raiszadeh, M.D.

Dr. Raiszadeh's completed medical school at UC San Francisco, orthopedic surgery residency at UC Davis and his Pediatric and Adult Spine Fellowship at the Hospital for Joint Diseases/NYU in New York City. He has 20 years of experience with the broad range of spine surgery including minimally invasive surgery, complex spinal disorders such as scoliosis and kyphosis, and cervical spine disorders. During this 20 years he has noticed a dramatic increase in patients turning to surgery for treatment of neck and low back pain, but many of them not getting their desired long-term result. He therefore became increasingly interested in improvement and standardization of non-operative treatment. By developing the best aspects of non-operative treatment in an atmosphere of empowerment to maximize the body’s own healing capacity, he noticed that many fewer patients required surgery, and the ones who underwent surgery had much better long term results.

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