Staying Safe While Gardening

Uprooting Bad Gardening Habits: How to Avoid Injuries this Spring

Spring means warmer weather, sunshine, and returning to outdoor activities but to a physical therapist it means something slightly different. In my world, April activities usually bring May referrals. During spring months, it is common to see an increase of patients with shoulder and back issues from repetitive injuries sustained while gardening. Let me share a few quick tips with you to keep you happy and injury free this season.

Harness Your Pain

Fall is here! Which brings with it a season of harvest, perennial planting, and lawn and garden cleanup before the colder weather hits.

These Autumn activities can be physically demanding—or even hazardous—when done in repetition or with poor technique. This may lead to pain or discomfort in your shoulder, wrist or hand.

Common mistakes of Fall gardening:

  1. Forgeting to take breaks
  2. Remaining in one position for too long causing sore muscles and joints
  3. Holding a firm grip with a bent wrist
  4. Carrying/lifting too heavy a load

Safe gardening tips:


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