Moving is not a fun process, but it’s always something we begrudgingly do for whatever reason, getting a new job, upgrading the apartment, changing cities. Or moving could just be your full-time occupation (shudder). Even worse than the process of moving itself is ending up with an injury, especially when it comes to the heavier stuff. We don’t always realize how much we have to move, and how heavy that sofa is until it comes time to drag it into our new residence.
Here Are Some Common Injuries a Lot of People Experience and How to Avoid Getting Them.
What we all really dread when it comes to moving is stairs. If everything was going right out the front door it would sure be convenient, but those pesky stairs get in the way. Unfortunately, they’re not only a hassle, but they can also be downright dangerous. Trying to move furniture backward up the stairs while getting help can especially be risky when it comes to getting a sprained ankle.
In order to prevent a sprained ankle, it’s important to pace yourself. Take your time moving, wear proper footwear. If there’s snow on the ground from the outside make sure you’re cleaning up potentially wet and slippery spots. Sometimes this injury is really hard to avoid, if you’re a mover or a resident and you do end up hurting yourself contact The Champion Firm, P.C. Personal injury and liability can be important, and it’s not something you want to put off for the long term.
Pulling Your Back
If you’re anything like me and you’re noticing the aches and pains that come into play as you slowly get older your back is definitely the area most prone to injury when it comes to moving heavy objects. Lifting a stubborn couch, or larger appliances can really lead to a heavy amount of strain, and when you’re cranky from the length of your to-do list you probably don’t have body mechanics in mind.
In order to avoid this injury – form is key. If you’ve ever worked in a warehouse you were probably bombarded with the company policy “lift with your legs”. As annoying as this may be to hear, it rings true. Personal pride shouldn’t take precedence over safety, and lifting with your legs is going to save you from feeling that pulled back the next morning or a few hours later.
Banging your knee off of hard objects can be incredibly painful, but it can also result in harm to your body. Even if it sounds a bit overprotective, if you’re really concerned about this injury, it doesn’t hurt to wear protective knee pads. This will prevent you from banging or having furniture fall back on your knees hard if you’re dealing with stairs. It’s better to be safe than to be sorry.
Moving is a pain, but it doesn’t have to be a physical one! Keep in mind to lift with your legs, your back is a lot more important than your ego. Watching your footing, and wearing protective gear is always a good call while moving. Take lots of breaks, and don’t overexert yourself.
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