Reaching while lifting is common when loading/unloading pickup trucks. Trucks can be equipped with small mechanical lifts or powered gates. Sometimes conveyors are used to transport supplies or other items, and reaching and twisting while lifting is often involved. Mechanical lifts can also be positioned over conveyors that are used for this purpose.
Other factors can come into play as well, including athletic or home improvement activity, tension and stress, falls, and auto accidents.
Although stress is part of everyone’s life, and a certain amount of stress is normal, excessive stress causes backache. The best solution is a balanced life style with time to relax.
If you are overweight, and especially if you have developed a pot belly, the chances for chronic back pain are greater. The extra weight throws your body out of alignment and increases the burden on your back. Infrequent exercise is a major factor, too. A sudden strain on generally unused back muscles often leads to trouble. Proper diet and exercise are sensible ways to help avoid back problems.
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