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Back Injury Resulting from Yard Work

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With summer coming into season, many people begin to take on those last summer yard projects or start their annual gardening renovations. But, after the whole winter season without participating in any strenuous outdoor activities, it’s not uncommon for people to experience back pain and other symptoms from yard work.

For people who maintain good physical conditioning throughout the year, gardening or yard maintenance is generally an activity that can aggravate a previous injury or underlying condition in the spine. Contrary to exercising at a gym, the physical exertion required from working in the yard is far less predictable. For example, when pulling out weeds or even something as large as a tree root, the body is unable to determine how much force it will take to accomplish the task. Other outdoor tasks, such as digging holes, can also involve the use of unexpected resistance, both which can cause back strains. 

Yard projects usually tend to last longer than your regular exercise routine and rushing through these chores without taking any breaks to stretch may ultimately cause damage or injury to the spine and other parts of the body.

In order to avoid experiencing future back pain from yard work, it’s recommended to divide the work by taking breaks after every hour of physical activity. Although many people may become impatient from resting at hour intervals, this pattern of activity can prevent unnecessary stress on the spine while allowing the body to recover stamina. When taking a break from yard work, it’s suggested to drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration and to stretch the muscles before returning to the previous activities. Always keep in check how your body feels before continuing outdoor labor. After all, six continuous hours of repetitive labor without rest can hurt anyone.


By Dr. Alex Jimenez

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