Proper Lifting Techniques

Whether you're lifting a small child or pet or lifting a heavy box, always use proper lifting techniques to prevent injuries!


  • Before you lift, make sure there is a clear path to your destination.  Move anything in your path out of the way first.
  • If the object is heavy, get help!
  • Spread your feet shoulder width apart to maintain your balance.
  • Bend the knees.  This allows your back to maintain the normal lordotic curve, to allow for maximum flexibility and strength.  Never lift with the legs straight! If something is in the way, preventing you from bending both knees like the bumper to a car, put one foot onto the bumper so that one knee is bent to lift objects out of the trunk.
  • Tighten up your stomach muscles, which helps protect the back.
  • Keep the load close, which gives you more control with less effort.
  • Lift with the legs to take the stress off your back.
  • Take frequent breaks. If you try to do too much at once, you’re likely to injure yourself, as the risk of injury increases when you are tired.
  • It’s always best to make more trips with lighter loads than fewer trips with heavy loads.
  • If you are lifting above your head, such as to put a stack of dishes into a high cupboard, bring yourself closer to the cupboard by standing on a step stool.
  • Never bend forward at the waist without bending your knees! Even if it is to pick up something lightweight, always use proper lifting techniques.

If you do have the misfortune of injuring yourself while lifting, we are here to help!  Dr. Carradine has been treating lifting injuries for over 25 years. Call our office at 330-758-4446 to schedule an appointment!