Working in the Yard? Beware of These Causes of Back Injuries
As enjoyable as this may be for you, here’s something to remember: an injury will take all the fun out of the experience.
There are many things you can do in your yard that increase the likelihood of a back injury. Here are some activities to approach with great caution:
· Lifting heavy items. From that flower pot to a bag of soil, if you can’t comfortably lift an item you should wait for help to arrive.
· Shoveling. Are you shoveling mulch into your bed? Are you digging a hole to plant your favorite flowers? This sounds harmless enough, until you cause an injury.
· Mowing your lawn. You can put a lot of strain on your back and neck when moving your lawn, especially if you’re using a push power. Be careful of how far you push yourself, as you don’t want this activity to put you on the shelf.
· Gardening. For example, if you spend a lot of time bending over in your garden, it can eventually lead to a back strain (or a more serious injury).
You shouldn’t avoid working in your yard this spring and summer, but you definitely need to take the necessary steps to prevent an injury.