Gardening tips from the offices of Dr. William Capicotto

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We’re finally hitting that 80 degree weather, which means it’s time to do a little yard work. However,¬†weeding and gardening can put unnecessary stain and pressure on your neck and back. To avoid back pain, we’ve put together some gardening tips:

  • When weeding, sit or stand so that you avoid putting pressure your back. Sitting on a bucket while you’re working can relieve some of that pressure on your back. Keeping your spine long as you’re working on your hands and knees will also help minimize back strain.
  • One way to eliminate back strain from weeding is to eliminate the amount of weeding you’ll have to do. One way of doing that is mulching, which will shade the dirt and prevent some potential weeds from growing. It will take a lot of heavy lifting to get the mulch where you want it, so be sure to ask for help.
  • When you’re lifting anything (whether it’s a heavy bag of soil or a bag of mulch), it’s very important to bend your knees. This will allow your hips to support some of the weight you’re carrying and it might prevent you from hurting your back. Make sure you keep your spine straight.
  • Another gardening trick is to prop an elbow against the knee you’re bending over. Your arm will act like a brace or tripod, which supports you as you’re bending over and weeding.
  • When you’re digging dirt, be mindful to stay in alignment. You don’t want to twist your spine, but rather move your whole body when moving dirt. Twisting your body can seriously injure your spine.

As always, if you’re experiencing any back or neck pain, consult the professionals at the offices of William Capicotto MD. Our staff will work with you to help determine the best course of treatment to relieve your back and/or neck pain.