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Injury prevention services

Lift Right program

Each year, lower-back injuries are the number one treated body part. And that has a big impact on business.
  • About 80 percent of all adults experience a back injury in their lifetime, and about 10 percent will suffer a re-injury.
  • The total cost of low back pain runs into the billions of dollars per year, with most of the cost directed toward treatment, not prevention.
  • It is estimated that in the U.S., 97 percent of money spent for medical care is directed toward treatment of illness, injury and disability and only three percent is spent on prevention. Sanford Health Occupational Medicine Clinic is taking a fresh look at back injury prevention with the Lift Right Program, an interactive, one-on-one educational approach. The program is available at the Occupational Medicine Clinic or on site at your company’s location.

Lift Right Basic

This is an interactive, 15-minute, one-on-one instruction in proper posture and body mechanics. Each participant will be instructed in the neutral spine position, known as the power position, and how to maintain it while sitting and lifting to avoid injury. This program may be completed as a stand-alone service or in addition to pre-placement physicals.

Lift Right Plus

This program includes the Lift Right Basic program components, in addition to demonstrations of the power position in a number of common lift scenarios. This includes lifts from the floor to the waist, lifts overhead and lifts used in everyday life. Based on job demands, the program may include pushing, pulling and carrying. Actual job specific lifts will be incorporated with this program. Total time: 20—30 minutes per worker

Lift Right Complete

This program includes the Lift Right Basic and Lift Right Plus program components. The Lift Right Complete program also includes a one-on-one evaluation with a member of our rehabilitation team. The therapist will assess each participant’s back health, including general posture, overall flexibility and strength. Concerns and weaknesses will be addressed through an individualized exercise program to reduce risk of a back injury. The assessment will be followed by instruction and demonstration on proper lifting. Total time: 45—60 minutes

Lift Right supervisor training

A complementary Lift Right supervisor program is available for business that have completed Sanford Health Occupational Medicine Clinic’s Lift Right program. Lift Right supervisor training program objectives Upon completion of this training program, supervisors will be able to:
  • Identify risk-related lifting behavior, as well as techniques to correct it
  • Utilize the tools learned in the Lift Right program on a daily basis
  • Understand the anatomy of the spine and the power position
  • Incorporate an employee incentive program recognizing proper lifting.

Group discounts may apply.

Groups of more than 15 will receive lifting technique posters for the worksite and a group presentation, which will address:

  • Anatomy and physiology of the spine
  • Causes of back pain
  • Back injuries related to improper lifting
  • Proper posture and body mechanics
  • Prevention of back injuries
  • Exercise benefits