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Helpful Tips For Avoiding Spinal Cord Injuries

October 10, 2014 Hastings and Hastings

Helpful Tips For Avoiding Spinal Cord Injuries

Maintaining a healthy back and reducing spinal cord injuries sometimes simply requires following a few helpful tips. For example, because spinal cord injuries can be life altering and can be costly it is important to avoid overdoing excessive physical activity that has been known to cause various types of spinal cord injuries. From contact sports to doing heavy-duty chores around the house, spinal cord injuries happen every day across the country.

Large Cumbersome Heavy Objects

Especially important with regard to participating in a wide range of sports and exercise is to always warm up and stretch adequately. This can serve to greatly reduce the chances of experiencing some type of spinal cord injury or accident. The heavy lifting of large and awkward items is notorious for producing spinal cord related injuries. One of the biggest mistakes people make when lifting is using the back. Bending over to pick up large cumbersome and heavy objects is one of the fastest way to produce spinal cord related accidents.

Keep The Back Relaxed

The appropriate way to lift heavy items is to lift with the legs. Simply squat into what is known as a baseball catchers position over the object to be lifted. Next, grab the object firmly and use the knees to push the back in an upward direction. It is important to keep the back relaxed and balanced when performing this motion. This simple strategy can greatly reduce the chances of back-related injuries. Finally, there are many common household activities that can actually cause back and spine injuries. From doing the laundry to taking the trash out, many common activities can result in injury.

Frequent Breaks To Stand Up

One of the ways to avoid this is to simply stay focused and be aware of the position of the back and the spine when doing something even as simple as lifting a laundry basket. As an added note, those who work for long hours on a computer or that sit while watching television should know frequent breaks to stand up and walk can greatly reduce strain and stress on the spinal cord. Frequent breaks should occur about every 20 minutes when sitting for long periods of time. This combined with using an orthopedic or ergonomic chair can also benefit the spinal cord and back. Contact Hastings & Hastings for Phoenix personal injury attorney assistance when you or someone you love has been injured through no fault of their own.