Don't Let Your Garden Get You Down
Yard work relieves stress but can wreak havoc on muscles and joints unless you protect yourself
SATURDAY, May 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Gardening season is here, but it doesn't have to bring a fresh crop of aches, pains and muscle strains.
"While gardening helps to relieve mental stress, many people underestimate the physical stress your body can endure during this activity," orthopedic spine surgeon Dr. Raj Rao said in an American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) news release.
"The constant bending, reaching and squatting involved could result in injuries to the lower back and knees, therefore it's important to be mindful of your body's position while gardening to avoid aches and strains," Rao said.
The AAOS offers a number of safety tips:
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more on gardening health and safety.
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