3 Top Causes of Summer Back Injuries

With summer in full swing, it’s only natural to spend a lot of time outdoors. Furthermore, you may find yourself taking on a variety of home improvement projects.

While this can be a lot of fun, don’t overlook the fact that your health and well being should always come first.

Every summer, thousands of people suffer a back injury that puts them on bed rest for an extended period of time. Here are three of the top causes of summer back injuries, all of which can be avoided with the right approach:

1. Lifting Heavy Items

From bags of soil to furniture, you should never lift an item that will put too much strain on your back. This can cause a serious lower and/or upper back injury that requires pain management and rest, as well as the potential for other types of treatment.

2. Continual Bending

This is common among people who spend a lot of time working in their yard. You bend down to pick weeds. You bend down to plant flowers. This may not sound harmful, but continually doing so can lead to back pain among other injuries.

3. Long Distance Travel

The more time you spend behind the wheel the greater chance there is that you will experience some type of back pain. This is common during the summer months as millions of people jump in their car and head on vacation.

Pay close attention to every move you make this summer. If you have any reason to believe that you are putting too much strain on your back, it’s time to change your ways.