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Lifting and Object Handling Techniques to Prevent Rotator Cuff Injuries: Tips on Properly Lifting Heavy Objects and Avoiding Overloading the Shoulders

Técnicas de levantamiento y manejo de objetos para prevenir lesiones en el manguito rotador
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    The rotator cuff is a crucial structure of the shoulder composed of muscles and tendons that facilitate movement and stability of the joint. Injuries to the rotator cuff are common and can be debilitating, affecting the ability to lift objects and perform daily activities. In this article, we will explore lifting and object handling techniques to prevent rotator cuff injuries, providing practical and evidence-based advice to protect this important shoulder structure.

    Safe Lifting Techniques:

    Bend the knees, not the back:

    When lifting heavy objects from the floor, bend your knees and use leg muscles to lift the load instead of relying solely on arm and shoulder strength. Keeping the back straight reduces strain on the rotator cuff and prevents injuries.

    Keep the load close to the body:

    Avoid lifting heavy objects with arms extended, as this increases strain on the shoulder muscles and rotator cuff. Keep the load close to the body while lifting to reduce stress on the shoulder joint.

    Distribute weight evenly:

    If you need to carry a heavy load, try to distribute weight evenly between both sides of the body. Use a backpack or a bag with straps to distribute weight more evenly and avoid overloading one shoulder.

    Avoid lifting objects overhead:

    Lifting heavy objects overhead can put significant strain on the rotator cuff and increase the risk of injuries. If possible, avoid lifting objects overhead and seek assistance if you need to lift heavy objects to a high height.

    Use proper technique:

    Learn and practice safe lifting techniques, such as the squat lifting method, to reduce the risk of rotator cuff injuries. Consult with a healthcare professional or a physical therapist for guidance on proper lifting technique.

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    Load Management and Injury Prevention:

    Limit the amount of weight you lift:

    Avoid lifting objects that are too heavy to handle safely. If you need to lift heavy objects, seek assistance or use proper lifting equipment to reduce the load on the shoulders and rotator cuff.

    Rest when necessary:

    Take frequent breaks during activities involving lifting heavy objects to allow the shoulder muscles to recover. Do not ignore shoulder pain or fatigue, as this can increase the risk of injuries.

    Use appropriate protective equipment:

    If you work in an environment where you need to lift heavy objects regularly, use appropriate protective equipment such as lifting straps or shoulder supports to reduce the risk of rotator cuff injuries.


    Preventing rotator cuff injuries requires adopting safe lifting techniques and proper load management. If you experience persistent shoulder pain or have concerns about the health of your rotator cuff, do not hesitate to seek medical help. I am here to provide the care you need. Feel free to schedule an appointment with me for an accurate diagnosis and personalized treatment plan.

    Scientific Bibliography:

    1. Hébert, L. J., Moffet, H., McFadyen, B. J., & Dionne, C. E. (2002). Scapular behavior in shoulder impingement syndrome. Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation, 83(1), 60-69.

    2. Struyf, F., Nijs, J., Mollekens, S., Jeurissen, I., Truijen, S., Mottram, S., & Meeusen, R. (2014). Scapular-focused treatment in patients with shoulder impingement syndrome: a randomized clinical trial. Clinical rheumatology, 33(5), 575-583.

    3. Kukkonen, J., Joukainen, A., Lehtinen, J., Mattila, K. T., Tuominen, E. K., Kauko, T., … & Lehtimäki, K. (2015). Treatment of non-traumatic rotator cuff tears: a randomised controlled trial with one-year clinical results. Bone & Joint Journal, 97(1), 75-81.

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