Avoid Back Injury During Spring Gardening

Spring is here and many of us will be getting outdoors to start a garden, plant some new plants or flowers or to weed and trim bushes and trees we already have.

Here are a few reminders to help you avoid injury and pain:

1. Use a gardening stool or kneeling pad when working at a low level to prevent extreme bending positions which put us at risk for muscle strains and disc injuries.

2. Change positions frequently to avoid excessive reaching or twisting.

3. Get up and stretch frequently (every 15 minutes).

4. Try to avoid work above shoulder level, use a step stool or ladder to decrease risk of neck and shoulder strains.

5. For heavy lifting a lumbosacral support can be helpful.   Lift items such as mulch, flower pots and other heavy objects by bending your knees and lifting with your legs rather than your back. Keep items close to your body and use both hands.
6. Pull weeds with your legs and abdominal muscles tightened .