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Health Tip: Use Proper Lifting Technique

To prevent straining your back

(HealthDay News) -- 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.

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