Now that the summer season is in full swing, people are taking advantage of the sunshine and blue skies and becoming more active than they were in the colder months. Although this increased activity is wonderful, it also comes with an increased risk of injury. Let’s dive deeper into some of the most common summer injuries we see here at EmergeOrtho: Foothills Region.
Gardening and Yard Work Injuries
In the summer, many people like to spend their time maintaining their garden and/or yard. If you are one of these people, you likely find yourself twisting and lifting heavy bags and may experience back pain as a result.
In order to avoid the back pain that often stems from gardening and yard work, you should try to maintain good posture and avoid bending at the waist. In the event that you have to bend forward while gardening or working on your yard, stretch backward to prevent pain.
Injuries From Mowing the Lawn
Believe it or not, using the lawn mower can lead to serious back pain. Both starting the lawn mower and leaning forward as you push the lawn mower can cause strain. In order to avoid lawn mowing back pain and injuries, practice good posture and take frequent breaks instead of trying to mow your entire lawn all at once.
If you are an avid golfer in the summer, you may want to be extra cautious because golfing may cause back injuries as well as lower back pain. Warming up prior to playing a game of golf, practicing a smooth swing, and carrying your golf bag safely are all ways you can avoid back issues that are triggered by golf.
Injuries From Waterskiing
Waterskiing is a thrilling water sport that many people look forward to in the summer. If you like to waterski, you should know that falls that result from water skiing can lead to serious back injuries if they happen at an awkward angle. Therefore, you should avoid advanced maneuvers until you have become more of an expert waterskier.
Many people look forward to the summer so that they can ride their bike outdoors. If you ride your bike often, you should take certain safety precautions to avoid the back pain that biking may cause. These safety precautions include practicing good posture and staying away from rough terrain which increases jarring and spine compression and may lead to back pain and injuries.
Contact EmergeOrtho: Foothills Region Today
If a summer activity has left you with a back pain or injury, we encourage you to contact EmergeOrtho: Foothills Region today. Our doctors will investigate your pain or injury and design a treatment plan that will help you get the relief that you deserve.