Gardening this spring? Here’s what you need to know to avoid pains and strains

Gardening this spring? Here’s what you need to know to avoid pains and strains

Rosemont, Ill. (May 9, 2017) —There are more benefits to gardening than blossoming flowers and fresh produce. It’s also an opportunity to stay active while enjoying the outdoors.

With thousands of people getting treated in emergency rooms for gardening-related injuries, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) wants to ensure that outdoor gardeners are practicing safety first.  
Research from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS) shows the following results for individuals treated in hospital emergency rooms in 2015: Although equipment contributes to a significant number of injuries, they aren’t the sole cause of gardening injuries. Poor posture and body positions while gardening can lead to muscle and tendon injuries.

Expert advice
“While gardening helps to relieve mental stress, many people underestimate the physical stress your body can endure during this activity,” said orthopaedic spine surgeon Raj Rao, MD. 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.”

The AAOS recommends the following gardening safety tips, and urges gardeners to share them with family and friends.
 

More Information about the AAOS

With more than 39,000 members, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons is the world’s largest medical association of musculoskeletal specialists. The AAOS provides educational programs for orthopaedic surgeons and allied health professionals, champions and advances the highest quality musculoskeletal care for patients, and is the authoritative source of information on bone and joint conditions, treatments and related issues. 

Visit AAOS, at:
Newsroom.aaos.org for bone and joint health news, stats, facts, images and interview requests.
ANationinMotion.org for inspirational patient stories, and orthopaedic surgeon tips on maintaining bone and joint health, avoiding injuries, treating musculoskeletal conditions and navigating recovery.
Orthoinfo.org for patient information on hundreds of orthopaedic diseases and conditions.
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Twitter.com/AAOS1

Contact(s):
Sheryl Cash
phone: 847-384-4032
email: scash@aaos.org

Kelly King Johnson
phone: 847-384-4033
email: king@aaos.org