Preventing a Back Injury

Many people who care for others physical needs are at risk of back strain, twisting or other back, neck or shoulder injuries to themselves.

By following some simple rules when doing everyday tasks and when helping someone else to move, injury risks can be reduced by:

  • Maintaining a good posture at all times;
  • Don't lift, unless you have to; Outweigh the risk before lifting;
  • When lifting, make sure your knees are bent, back is straight and the object you are lifting is held close to your body;
  • Make sure your environment is not cluttered and it is safe for you to do moving and handling;
  • Keep your back and core muscles fit and toned to prevent neck and back problems;
  • Plan any moving and handling you have to do, don't rush, and take your time.

Arthritis Related Back & Musculoskeletal Problems

You or the person you care for, may have been diagnosed with an arthritis disorder or oesteoporis.
It's important to consult with a health professional to learn how you can maintain joint mobility, flexibility and reduce pain.

Consulting with a physiotherapist, podiatrist, chiropractor or exercise physiologist on how you can manage mobility & flexibility is also an option.
Consulting a GP or endocrinologist for chronic disorders is important for long-term care.
The Arthritis Australia Association website has some useful information regarding various arthritic disorders and fact sheet that can assist you with practical and evidence-based strategies for self-care.

Caring for a physically disabled child or adult

When you're looking after a physically disabled child or adult its important to think about your own physical health & avoid sprains and other injuries when lifting the person, pushing beds, wheelchairs and other equipment.

Caring for your back and obtaining ideas for moving and lifting from physiotherapy and occupational therapy staff is essential.
Download 'Back Care - Looking After Your Back' a useful resource with tips on how to care for your back.

 Do you or someone you know struggles with chronic pain?

Chronic pain does not discriminate, it can have an impact on any person of any age. Pain is considered chronic if it is ongoing and lasts at least three months.

The Pain Management Network website has useful information and resources specifically for adults and youth, covering topics suchs as sleep; physical activity; getting help and staying on track    

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Last Updated: 31 October, 2018
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