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Back Safety: Bending


 

Welcome to our health education library. The information shared below is provided to you as an educational and informational source only and is not intended to replace a medical examination or consultation, or medical advice given to you by a physician or medical professional.

Bending can strain or even injure your back. Follow the tips below to move safely and protect your back as you perform everyday activities.

Always face the object you're bending in front of.

Bending Over

 Keep your feet shoulder-width apart.

 Move your whole body as one unit.

 Bend at your hips and knees, not at your waist.

 Flatten your stomach and tighten your leg muscles.

 To keep your spine straight, let your buttocks move out behind you. Don't try to tuck them under.

 If you need to, place one hand on a sturdy object for support.

Bend at your hips and knees instead of at your waist.

Bending to the Floor

 Lower yourself to one knee. If you can, rest one hand on a sturdy object to help lower yourself.

 Rest one arm on your raised knee.

 Don't bend at the waist.

 Do not hunch your back or neck to reach to the floor. Instead, bend more at your hips and knees to get closer.

Contact Wisconsin River Orthopaedic Institute at 715.201.3624 for your orthopaedic needs. For your convenience, you can fill out our online Request an Appointment form to book your consultation.

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Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494
Phone: 715-201-3624
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