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From Sharp Health News, a publication of Sharp HealthCare

If you have back pain, you’re not alone. Roughly 80% of adults have experienced low back pain at some point in their lives.

While certain risk factors such as age, occupation, fitness level and weight can play a role in back pain, poor lifting techniques increase the risk of injury for everyone, regardless of age or physical condition.

Try these tips to reduce your risk:

  • Do not lift more weight than you are able. 
  • Keep the object you are lifting close to your body. 
  • Avoid stooping with the low back — keep your back upright and lift with your knees. 
  • Avoid twisting and turning while lifting. 
  • Avoid extensive repetitive lifting. 
  • Wear appropriate non-slip shoes to avoid slips and falls while lifting.

Everyone — young or old — is wise to pay careful attention to their body mechanics whenever they are lifting.

VEBA offers a virtual Low Back Care and Pain Prevention class Tuesdays at 7:30 pm and Thursdays at 12:00 pm. This class will focus on exercises that are designed to strengthen your core, improve your posture and help you stay pain free. Perfect for all levels. Register here.