We have all been told over and over that we should always bend at the knees and keep a straight back when lifting. What happens if you don’t do this? CASE STUDY:
20 year old male patient, that began experiencing lower back pain and morning stiffness, which has steadily worsened to the point where he is now in constant pain and finds it difficult to work.
At the base of the spine, it was identified that the last vertebral disc had become greatly reduced compared to the other disc spaces in his spine.
This is a degenerative process that greatly accelerates if the back joints are readily subjected to high levels of strain during lifting.
Bending at the knees and keeping a straight back when we lift keeps this strain to a minimum. This is otherwise known as keeping a natural spine!
Although Osteopathic treatment may help relieve the pain and stiffness that occurs in a case like this, the real cure is to make sure that you look after your lower back in the first place