It’s gardening season! Is your back pain stopping you from gardening? In this clip Dr. Jeff sits down with Jeanne Sparrow and Melissa Forman to discuss what you can do to avoid back pain while gardening this summer.
Gardening consists of a lot of bending and twisting which can really put a lot of stress on your back. The key is to make sure you are bending the correct way. As we discuss in a pass blog entry it’s important to bend with your hips not your spine. For more on how to bend with your hips and not your back click here.
Bending for long periods of time can cause a lot of damage on your discs so it’s important to warm up first. Something you can do to warm up is walk around the garden. While your walking around look at the garden and see what needs to be done. When your all warmed up then you can go to those spots and get started.
Make sure when your gardening that you are in a comfortable position that won’t force you to do a lot of bending. We suggest that you purchase a pad for your knees. If you don’t have a pad then use a pillow or a folding up towel to protect your knees.
Make sure to be as close as you can to the area where you are gardening. The closer you are the less stress you are putting on your back from bending, twisting and movement.
If you still have pain after gardening the best thing you can do is ice the problem area. Ice is used when are doing something and the pain increases. Only use heat when the pain is constant. For more information about when to use ice vs. heat click here.
For more of Dr. Jeff’s gardening tips click here!