Navigation follows, skip to content? New England Baptist Hospital Logo Utility navigation follows, skip to content? Primary navigation follows, skip to content?

Life in Motion

6 Tips for Injury-Free Gardening

Joint Health

With the temperatures finally warming up, many of us are looking forward to getting outside and planting vegetable and flower gardens. Gardening is a great activity that can provide exercise and enjoyment as well as ease stress. Like any activity, when not done properly, injuries can occur. New England Baptist Hospital orthopedic surgeon, Carl Talmo, MD offers the following tips to help prevent injury.

  • Make sure to lift heavy objects properly. To do this: Separate your feet so they are shoulder width apart. Bend at the knees, tighten your stomach muscles and lift with your leg muscles, not your back, as you stand up.
  • To help avoid knee and back injuries from repetitive bending and kneeling in the garden, consider using a garden stool, which can help relieve pressure on your spine and knees.
  • If you prefer to kneel in the garden, knee pads can be very helpful for preventing injury and can make kneeling much more comfortable and safe, if you have a history of knee surgery.
  • Try to get up and stretch periodically to avoid cramping.
  • Make sure you have the proper equipment. Gloves, appropriate footwear and long pants help protect against insect bites and injuries such as stepping on sharp objects or cuts from handling sharp tools. Don’t forget the sunscreen.
  • Make sure to stay hydrated.

If you have any type of persistent pain, you should consult an orthopedic expert.

Read More

Footer navigation follows, return to top?

Our Cookie Policy

Your privacy is important to us. We use cookies and other tracking technologies to ensure the performance and security of our website and to monitor website use for business and website optimization purposes. This may include disclosures about your use of the website to third parties. By using our website, you agree to its use of these technologies. To learn more, please read our Terms of Use.