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How to Lift

Stretch slowly, and stop if you experience sharp pain.

 
lifting

Put one knee on the ground, and use your arms and legs to move the object up onto the opposite thigh. Stand up. Never bend at the waist while lifting.

When lifting, maneuver the object close to your body, and use the strength in your legs to get the object off the ground, rather than your low back.

Have you ever heard of anyone straining a thigh muscle while lifting? Probably not. That is because the muscles in the legs are longer, stronger and more resistant to strain. The muscles and ligaments in the back are shorter and prone to muscle spasm.

Start with one knee on the floor, use the strength of your arms to raise the object up onto your mid-thigh, then use the power of your legs to stand up. An alternate method is to bend both knees in a squatting position, grasp the object keeping fingers underneath it, keep your back erect and stand up. In both examples, use your leg muscles, not your back, to generate the lifting force.

HOME REMEDY BOOK

Home Remedy Book

Our educational Internet site is an online encyclopedia on spine care. Patients visiting our spine center in Ann Arbor receive a free 36-page Home Remedy Book that has symptom charts and customized stretches that relieve pain.

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Minimally Invasive Surgery

Ann Arbor Spine Care surgeons use state of the art minimally invasive techniques and instrumentation to help patients recover in a shorter period of time and allow for a quicker return home.

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