Twisting and Back Pain, Joint Pain

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Twisting one of your joints in an awkward way is an easy recipe for injury, especially in the low back, shoulder, knee and ankle.

How To Avoid Twisting Your Back:
Turn your entire body by turning your legs.
Change positions in order to reach the object with ease.
Turn toward the object, then squat down.
Don’t be afraid to get down onto your hands and knees to reach for something.
How To Avoid Twisting Your Shoulder:
Don’t reach for objects in the backseat of the car.
Don’t reach for an object behind you when you are sitting; simply turn around.
Don’t close heavy doors carelessly.
Turn your body toward the object you are reaching for.
Keep your arms as close to your body as possible when reaching.
How To Avoid Twisting Your Knee:
Be cautious when playing sports.
Use a knee brace when playing sports if you have had a past knee injury.
Take time when turning around.
Don’t turn your body if your knees are locked.
How To Avoid Twisting Your Ankle:
Use an ankle brace for your sport if you have twisted or sprained your ankle in the past.
Be extra cautious when walking, hiking or jogging on uneven terrain.
Try to avoid walking on ice. If it is icy, stay indoors (especially if you live in the South).
Watch where you are walking. Prevent falls by not doing 5 things at once.

Published by lizbnavarr@gmail.com

I am a Physical Therapist and Ergonomics Consultant, based out of Columbia, SC. My passion is to write about and speak about pain/injury prevention. I started Pain Talks as a consulting business in 2018.

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