Common back complaints and ways in which you can try to prevent them

Back complaints are one of the most common reasons for people to take time away from their jobs. It is an issue that can occur to anyone and there are usually caused by one of the four reasons below.

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  • Lifting – this is one of the most common ways in which people injury their backs, by lifting items that are either too heavy for them to handle or using an incorrect lifting method. Many people will bend from their hips in order to pick up and item and this places immense pressure on the lower back. You should instead always ensure that you bend your knees to pick up an item and that you ask for help if it is too heavy for you to safely handle by yourself.

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  • Sports – taking part in weekend sports such as football and netball is another way in which people injure their backs. This may be from over exercising or straining a muscle or could be as a result of an impact with another player or the ground. It is important that when taking part in sports that you warm up and cool down effectively as these are mechanisms that can help to prevent muscle strains and injuries from occurring.

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