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How to Bend and save your Discs

I just read a great article on NPR this morning on bending correctly.  May cultures bend this way, and they are spared the of back pain and conditions that we have. I wish that we had been taught to bend this way.



  • L4_L5LL4_L5 Posts: 1,478
    edited 02/26/2018 - 1:52 PM

    Thanks for the heads up. I found it by googling “NPR Bending.”

    Unfortunately I think the demonstration is only good for picking up light objects. 

  • L4_L5:

    I still think re-learning a safer way to bend over will be helpful in the long run. I KNOW I have the habit of bending over incorrectly, and I'm sure that hasn't helped all my various back problems. 

    I'm trying to take this recovery time (following major surgery) to re-train myself :)

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  • Was doing some reading back on old posts...it seems to me the subject of proper posture is so important in retraining your body to do the right thing muscularily (is that a word) and to do it subconsciously, post fusion/surgery, but it doesn’t get enough emphasis as it should , at least during my post op experience...

    Especially in the hospital pre discharge, but also during during in in Home post op rehab, then finally at physical therapy.  (at least the second PT I’ve visited has been better in this area).  I was fortunate to have met an athlete on a recent business commute (right before my surgery) who had recently undergone cervical fusion and who also stressed the importance of posture and being positive as two of the most important ways to approach post op PT.    re-visiting of a healthy lifestyle and being conscious of the power of the mind over the body and how important it is to understand in the context of taking care of your spine (a challenge to many) throughout ones life.  It’s why we’re here, we need help right?

    Posture and positivity  ;)

    L3-S1 ALIF Feb 2018 and 

    L3-S1 PLIF Laminectomy and Fusion March 2018

  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,582

    So many of todays spinal issues can be brought down to our postures and the way we lift objects.   I would bet if you had 20 people in a room and had them pick up various objects from light ones to medium heavy, there would be so many different ways they would do that.   And probably a good number of them would be doing it wrong.

    I know, I still after all these years of spinal problems, am thick and stubborn and lift things the wrong way.   I have to re-think each time, or easier, my wife will yell over to me, "You are doing it wrong"

    It just always seemed easier and quicker to bend down and pick up the object.   Bending at the knees, keeping your back straight, arms close together just seemed like too much to do.   Then again, at what cost is doing it the incorrect way!

    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
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  • Yes, the cost of moving incorrectly.....worth it to try and retrain ourselves!

    NPR posted a related piece in the last week or so:   "To Fix That Pain in Your Back You Might Have to Change the Way You Sit:

     Some cultures sit a lot, but are not plagued with back and muscular pain the way we are.  It showed a man who spent hours a day weaving with gorgeous posture.

    Worthwhile read.

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  • Using your knees to bend and keeping your back straight like a catcher in most situations does seem a very catcherlike position.   Unfortunately my knees decided to stop bending at my last PT...it’s like everything else for the last 7 months, always something...one step forward...

    L3-S1 ALIF Feb 2018 and 

    L3-S1 PLIF Laminectomy and Fusion March 2018

  • PT today was P.t.pooP so I ask pain dr for cortisone shot. Back up, two weeks ago when I posted this I called pain dr office left two messages for dr, talked to PA explained what I needed - blew her mind she just was so confused. I asked ‘what is the process for getting a cortisone shot in your office’. My last cortisone shot was given by meniscus repair x2 Orthopaedic surgeon, and I realize more than a handful over time is not wise, but I have another bump in my recovery and I need help getting over this. The PA just exploded and asked that I talk to PM dr today- who said get an X-ray to confirm you have osteoarthritis in your knees, then we’ll schedule injections. Osteo whaaaa?  Oh no not me....

    Signed old in SoCal 

    L3-S1 ALIF Feb 2018 and 

    L3-S1 PLIF Laminectomy and Fusion March 2018

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