Updated 14 April 2015

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To pick up heavy items safely, go down on one knee, and then tighten your stomach muscles. This will place the strain on your legs rather than your back.

To place the item back on the floor, bend your knees slightly. This will ease the strain on your lower back.

For more info on managing this condition, visit the Arthritis Centre.


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