Yes indeed. If you have any form of Osteoarthritis in your back, you have to be very careful in all of your activities. Just a few simple tips can give your back a break and help you on your way in dealing with it.
To minimize the risk of injury when lifting objects, you always need to bend your knees. And, keep the object you are lifting close to your body. The further away it is, the greater the chance that you will cause an injury. A good rule of thumb is that if you hold a 10 lb. object completely at arm’s length, you have increased that weight by about ten times. You are now lifting a 100 lb. object. And, that 100 lbs. is directly putting pressure on your spine.
If you have a serious back problem, activities like golf, bowling, baseball and tennis can be a big problem. These activities all require sudden twisting movements that increase the risk of injury. In fact, absent a doctor telling you that these activities are OK for you, it is likely best if you skip them altogether. Or, you will have to greatly modify how you move your body when engaging in these activities.
Reducing the risk of further injury to your back if you have OA-related problems is really a question of being smart about how you handle your body. After all, why do things that are going to cause greater harm.
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