Summer Yard Work … A Source of Back or Neck Pain?

Summer is here and it’s a time for mowing the lawn, working in the garden or on other outside projects which may involve motions that can put strain on your neck and back.  

But beware … the use of weed trimmers, leaf blowers, hedge clippers and tillers can be a reason why your back hurts. Using this type of equipment improperly can result in repetitive motion which can result in neck and back pain, as well as more serious muscular strains and tears.

Here are some tips on how to use outdoor equipment in a safe way. 

  • Make sure the yard equipment you are using has a shoulder strap.  Place the strap over your head on the shoulder opposite the side of your body from the equipment.  This placement will help to balance your center of gravity.
  • Be sure to switch sides from time to time to balance the muscles being used. Change your stance and motion frequently.
  • Take frequent breaks.
  • When purchasing new yard gear, consider ones that are powered by electricity. They tend to be lighter than engine-powered equipment.
  • When picking up or putting down equipment, be sure to bend from the knees, and not from the back. Keep the device close to your body as you lift.
  • If you do experience pain or discomfort after yard work, don’t hesitate to call our office.