It is important to know what kinds of stress place additional load on your low back, and how you can use good lifting and carrying techniques to reduce the chance of injury.
Most low back complaints result from simple strains that can heal within one to six weeks. What you do about back pain is very important. Rest for more than a day or two does not usually help and may actually delay recovery.
This booklet has been prepared to help you understand how the back works, to provide tips on what you can do to avoid injury and to show you how to care for your back during recovery.