-- Randy Dotinga
SUNDAY, May 15 (HealthDay News) -- As Americans head toward
attics, roofs and yards to freshen things up after the long winter,
experts warn that spring cleaning can lead to a spring visit to the
In 2010, more than 35,500 people injured themselves on a
stepladder, and more than 41,000 suffered injuries while gardening
or using gardening equipment, according to the U.S. Consumer
Product Safety Commission. In addition, over 127,000 were injured
while using a lawnmower.
"Spring cleaning can bring on many injuries for a variety of reasons. Specifically, people tend to do too much too soon," orthopedic surgeon Dr. Michael A. Flippin, a spokesperson for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, said in a news release from the academy.
"Many common injuries -- including tendonitis, sprains, strains or breaks -- can be prevented with proper technique, like bending at the knees when lifting instead of from the back, or securing and stabilizing a ladder before climbing. These are simple precautions that are overlooked too often," he added.
For those ready to start their annual clean-up, the academy
offers the following advice:
For more about ladder safety, visit the
American Ladder Institute.
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