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Lifting 5-Gallon water bottles is back-breaking

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According to research published in the journal for biotechnology information, a study conducted on domestic water carrying of five – gallon water bottle in Limpopo province in Africa showed 69 percent of spinal injuries and 38 percent of neck injuries.

Dr Arun Kumar Sharma consultant neurologist and head of neurology at the Emirates 24/7 Hospital told Gulf News that such an injury was not only possible but common all over the world.

“A five- gallon water bottle roughly weighs about 20 kg and avoiding an injury depends on the physical fitness of the individual hauling it.If someone has a bad back and has had done no back extension ,stretches or push-up exercise to keep the muscles strong he is likely to sustain injury picking up that weight.”
Said Dr.Sharma .