-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas
THURSDAY, May 19 (HealthDay News) -- If you're planning on
digging up your garden or taking to the playing fields this summer,
make sure you start slow, take breaks and stretch.
Experts caution that jumping into new activities too quickly
after a long winter's rest can lead to back pain.
"When it comes to gardening and back pain, your body may need a few weeks after the long winter to become accustomed again to the physical stresses of gardening, such as squatting, twisting, lifting and digging," said Dr. David Wang, a specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation at The Kaplan Center for Integrative Medicine in McLean, Va., in a news release.
More than 80 percent of people will experience lower back pain
at some point during their lives, according to Wang. Fortunately,
he added, preventative measures can lower the risk of back pain,
Several weeks before a new sports season begins, Wang added that
athletes can also work with a physical therapist or personal
trainer to condition their bodies and prevent back strain.
Although most cases of back pain resolve on their own, Wang
warned there are certain situations where people should consult a
doctor, including situations in which:
The U.S. National Institutes of Health offers additional tips on
prevent back pain.
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.
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