21 Feb

Bend. Twist. Lift. Back Pain?

“You can bend. You can twist. You can lift. But you can’t do all three at once.” (Back Pain!) – Drew Magary

Drew writes a compelling story about back pain from a normal person’s perspective. We happen to agree with most of it, even if we don’t use the same language.

You can probably get away with any one of the three, but when you start combining these motions, you are putting your back in real jeopardy. And even if you do too much of one, you can still be at risk of some serious back pain. So, sit up while reading this. Don’t stay in a slouched (bent forward) position for too long. And if you drop your pen, turn your hips and shoulders to both face the pen before bending down to get it.

And regarding lifting, please note that as far as your low back is concerned, when you bend over to pick up that pen, your back is still “lifting” half your body weight, plus the pen. So bend at your hip joints and knees, and try to keep your back as straight as you can. Because all those iffy movements add up and can take their toll so that one day when you wake up, your back really does hurt and make you miserable.

We’re here when you need us, but that doesn’t mean we want people getting hurt. We’d prefer you didn’t need us, but we’ve come to realize that bad things happen to good people and they get hurt sometimes. It’s our job to work together to get them back to their lives as efficiently and safely as possible.