Yard Work Can Equal Pain
CHARLOTTE, N.C.- Not only does it feel like fall, it's looking like it too. A lot of people have already started raking leaves. Keep in mind, even the easiest yard work can cause pain and strain to your body.
It's simple yard work chores like filling up trash bags with leaves, and twigs and carrying it down the street that can have you in pain for days.
Drew Williams has his fair share of yard duties. He just cut down a cherry tree, "I actually use like a tarp. I just lay the tarp down and blow the leaves onto the tarp and then you can drag the tarp to the street. That way you're not lugging bags over your shoulder."
Sports Medicine Specialist Anthony Martin says he sees a fair amount of injury this time of the year due to yard work, "We do see some shoulder injuries especially when people throw things over their back and try to carry things for long distances."
Martin also sees lower back injuries and muscle pulls. He says work in moderation and ask for help if it's too heavy, "Try to switch sides if you do notice that you only rake or do things with your right and give yourself frequent breaks. Change things up a little bit."
Martin warns of other seasonal specific injuries especially as winter approaches, "Muscle strains and pulls come from yard work. I see a lot of falls around the Winter time with ice."
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that approximately 42 million people go to the emergency room every year for yard work related injuries.