I recently had something go snap in my back, and am looking for ideas on how to make things a little easier to pick things up. I am struggling to pick up the cat bowls, and a few other things if they end up on the floor, and was hoping that someone who may (and I wish you did not) suffer the same sort of pain/ restriction of movement can suggest ways to get things off the floor without bending, LIKE a cat food bowl.

(I AM NOT after medical advice, I am receiving treatment for my injury)

Posted by catgrrl3, 27th May 2014

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  • I saw the headline and thought maybe you could help me, or the suggestions might gave anyway. But no, we have different back pain. For the record, I find mine is worse when I spend too much time sitting. So I move as much as possible throughout the day. It seems to help a little


  • Oh that sounds terrible… I hope you have fully recovered.


  • this story is good


  • heat packs alleviate my back pain also one of those helping hands you can get from ebay and amazon should help with picking stuff up.


  • Sounds like you need one of those claw thingys. No other suggestions sorry.


  • You can use Folding Pick Up Tool. It available at Bunnings.Hope it can help you.


  • I will have to see if I can find these pick up sticks, they sound like a great way to get things off the floor and minimise pain


  • I got a pick up stick (long handled stick with a claw type end) but I don’t think it would work on the cat food bowl (although I did try mine on pretty much everything). Thinking about it if I had two of the pick up sticks I could have gotten one on each end to pick it up.

    • That sounds like a great idea! I’ll have to see if I can get some as well. Thanks : )


  • you can get a tong like thing with rubber bit on the ends and I hope you start to feel a bit better soon


  • I feel so sorry for you. I used long handled BBQ tongs to pick up some things but had to position myself near something to hold on to while bending my knees to get down enough. It was very awkward, not suitable for everything but I couldn’t think of anything else at the time. If it ever happens to me again I think I’ll see a physio and see if they have advice on how to best manage. I’ll be interested to see what other MoMs come up with. All the best with your treatment.


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