Avoiding Injury This Fall

Couple With FirewoodIt’s that time of year, when you pull out your rakes and get to work cleaning up your front lawn and back yards.

If you’re like me, now that the weather has cooled off, you may enjoy getting out and doing some physical work on the evenings and weekends.  But it’s probably been a year since you have done any heavy raking or carried bags of wet leaves.

You may not realize it, but these activities put you at risk for a variety of injuries such as strained backs, shoulder irritation, and much more.

Todd Albert, MD, chair of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery and head of the Rothman Institute at Jefferson, warns against jumping right in to these the fall chores without warming up first.

Prepare yourself with some stretching, walking around the house, or doing jumping jacks. Warming up your muscles will help reduce the risk of injury.

Remember chilly temperatures reduced blood flow to our arms and legs so our muscles do not perform at their best. Adding extra layers of clothing helps reduce the chance of pain and injury.

Learn more tips to help you avoid injury this fall in the article, “Warming Up When It’s Cooling Down” from the October issue of our e-newsletter Keep in Touch with Jefferson.

Each issue contains patient stories and articles about innovative programs available at Jefferson as well as health tips, recipes and timely notifications of events and free health screenings available to you.

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