Without Proper Technique, Spine Injuries Loom For Movers


(Story By: Nick Chadbourne)

The dwindling weeks of summer signals moving season for many renters. Tenants preparing to leave their old living space and move into a new one dread having to move couches, televisions, beds and more. Without proper lifting technique, individuals are at risk to hurt their back, executive director of Rebound Physical Therapy Candy Bonner said.

“You can get sprains and strains of joints and muscles in your body,” she said. “You can rupture a disc in your back. Herniate a disc that way, causing injury to back structures,” she said.

Proper technique involves lifting with your legs, locking the lower back, keeping your shoulders square and not rounding your back, she said.

If you’ve already started moving and hurt your back with improper technique, Bonner suggests icing the area for 28 to 48 hours.

Even professionals are prone to lifting injuries. According to the US Dept. of Labor, in 2011 there were 11.4 back or spinal chord injuries from overexertion per 10,000 workers in the state of Kansas.

For more information, Bonner suggests watching instructional YouTube videos on proper technique before lifting.