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Lifting Injuries

When the duties of a person's job require lifting, those movements are likely to create wear and tear on the employee's neck and back. Painful neck and back conditions are an occupational hazard for construction and hospital workers. These conditions are often referred to as musculoskeletal disorders. They are often the result of poor work ergonomics that cause neck stress and lower back pain. At The Healing Touch Chiropractic in Sacramento, we treat patients for musculoskeletal disorders without the potential dangers of medication or surgery.

Types of Musculoskeletal Injuries from Lifting

There are a variety of types of musculoskeletal conditions that a person may suffer from due to lifting and repetitive motions. Those conditions include the following:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Displaced spinal vertebrae in the neck and lower back
  • Muscle and ligament strains involving microscopic tears
  • Tendinitis
  • Osteoarthritis

Lifting Ergonomics

Ergonomics involves the study of people when they are on the job. It studies their ability to do their jobs along with their performance limitations. It also studies the biomechanics of lifting. Proper lifting techniques can substantially reduce the chances of suffering musculoskeletal wear and tear or injuries at work. We have all likely heard these four-step recommendations before, but they should always be kept in mind:

  1. Stand close to the object that you intend to lift while facing it with your feet at shoulder-length apart.
  2. Keep your back straight and bend your knees while looking straight ahead.
  3. Use your legs to lift the object.
  4. Hold the object at waist height close to your body.

Visit Our Clinic in Sacramento for Lower Back Pain and Neck Pain

Maintaining an awareness of proper work ergonomics will substantially reduce your chances of injuries while lifting. If you suspect that you have suffered a lifting injury, contact our clinic right away for an examination. Call our team at The Healing Touch Chiropractic today at (916) 447-3344 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.

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