Understanding Heavy Lifting Injuries

The spine supports and moves the body and lifting too much weight puts stress on the spine that can lead to injuries. Knowing how to recognize the symptoms of a heavy lifting injury are important and can also help you decide when to seek medical care.

At Rapid Orthopaedic Care in Olympia and Lacey, our Orthopaedic trained specialists are experts in diagnosing back injuries and creating a unique treatment plan. Best of all, no appointment is needed and you can just walk into one of our ROC facilities. We can diagnose your injury and develop a treatment plan in about an hour!

Below are some of the most common causes and symptoms of heavy lifting injuries.

What are Heavy Lifting Injuries?

Heavy lifting injuries occur when a person lifts more weight than their body can handle or they lift with improper form. Leaning over at the waist and picking a heavy object up off the floor can cause a lower back injury. In most cases, the muscles and ligaments of the spine become overloaded and injury to the muscles, ligaments or discs can occur as you attempt to lift.

These injuries are commonly seen in manual laborers and weightlifters.

What are Common Heavy Lifting Injuries?

Sprains and strains are the most common heavy lifting injuries.

  • A sprain is the stretching or tearing of ligaments
  • A strain is the stretching or tearing of muscle fibers or tendons

Sprains and strains occur in the lower back and neck when ligaments, muscles, and tendons are overstretched while lifting.

Symptoms include:

  • Pain in the back or neck
  • Bruising in the back or neck
  • Swelling in the back or neck
  • Weakness or pain in the extremities

A herniated disc is a more severe heavy lifting injury that can occur suddenly or as the result of repetitive strain to the lower back. A herniated disc can begin to protrude into the spinal canal and compress the spinal cord or nerve roots. Symptoms include:

  • Pain in the neck or back
  • Pain that radiates into the extremities
  • Numbness in the extremities
  • Weakness in the extremities

Treating a Heavy Lifting Injury at Rapid Orthopaedic Care

Please do not delay a diagnosis if you sustain a lower back or neck injury. At Rapid Orthopaedic Care in Olympia and Lacey, we have an on-site x-ray, as well as extended evening and weekend hours, for treatment no matter when the injury occurs.

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3901 Capital Mall Drive SW Olympia, WA 98502
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We understand that your time is valuable. That's why we've setup our Orthopaedic Urgent Care facility with on-site X-Ray imaging so that you if your injury requires a further look, the technology is available to you immediately. 

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