DON?T Bend at the Knees?Bend at the HIPS!!

Reference:Watching my children pick up things from the ground ?that?s my reference.

The well-known phrase that many Physical Therapists teach is, “bend at the knees, not at the back”.

However, in many cases bending at the knees may not be the best advice.

Studies show that although many people know the “rule” in a clinical setting, very few actually comply with the advice outside of the clinical setting.

Bending the knees to squat all the way down to pick up something has been described as “impractical”…and may potentially be harmful to the knees.

Solution: Bend at the hips, not at the back may be a more effective advice.

Clinical Relevance: Flexing at the hips while maintaining a neutral lumbar lordosis is the “natural” way we were meant to lift

Posted on: January 25, 2002

Categories: Lumbar Spine

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