Yard clean up can pose risk

Seattle Hill Physical Therapy Owner/Director Rick Jusko, PT sees lots of injuries caused by yard work. “People are cold, they’re stiff and they don’t want to kneel down so they bend at the waist and yank on plants and hurt their backs. They prune with their arms way above the head, which can cause neck joint and shoulder pain,” he said.

In less than an hour Rick can teach you the muscle mechanics to prevent shoulder injuries and other injuries common to yard work.

“The American Physical Therapy Association dreams that people will get a little physical therapy BEFORE they attack the fall clean-up instead of coming to us with injuries that could easily have been prevented,” says Rick.

So, before you spread that mulch, prune those trees or pull up weeds and plants stop by for some instruction. You’ll be glad you did.

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