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Fall Activities That Can Increase Back Pain

Now that the fall season is in full swing, you are likely spending your days participating in a wide variety of fall activities. Although you may not be thinking about your back while engaging in them, you may notice an increase in back pain after the fact. Let’s take a closer look at some fall activities that can increase back pain.

4 Fall Activities That Can Increase Back Pain:

  1. Hiking

One of the best ways to enjoy the brisk fall weather and colorful leaves is to go for a hike. If you are going for a hike this fall, you should warm-up and stretch in advance. Your backpack should also be light and feature two thick shoulder straps that you wear at all times. In the event you struggle with posture, you may want to bring hiking poles with you as they can help you maintain good posture throughout the entire hike.

  1. Pumpkin and Apple Picking

Fall Activities That Can Increase Back Pain

Two of the most festive fall activities include pumpkin and apple picking. There is no better way to spend a fall day than out in the orchard or in the pumpkin patch with family and friends. Prior to participating in one or both of these activities, you should be mindful of your back. When lifting a pumpkin, bend your knees, keep your back straight, and refrain from twisting your body while the pumpkin is in your hand. Lastly, make it a priority stretch before you haul a pumpkin or pick apples as stretching will increase your flexibility and decrease your risk of back injury.

  1. Yard Work

On the top of the list of fall activities that can increase back pain is yard work, such as raking leaves. Raking leaves is a time-consuming, strenuous task that requires you to bend over and place a great deal of stress on your back. In order to get leaves off the ground while still keeping your back in good shape, you should perform gentle stretches and take regular breaks. If you experience any sharp pain in your back while raking, put an end to this task for the day. In addition, be sure to only lift small bags of leaves that you can easily manage.

  1. Household Chores

Last on the list of fall activities that can increase back pain is housework. In addition to bringing out your coats, sweaters, and blankets, you will likely spend the fall season preparing for winter and holiday house guests by performing various house chores. Whether you’re cleaning the gutters, bringing your patio or deck furniture indoors, or sealing cracks around your doors and windows, you should always stretch before, try to maintain proper posture, and avoid completing too many chores in one day.

Contact Pacific Spine Specialists

If you’d like more information on how to reduce fall back pain or if you experience a back injury this season, you should contact Pacific Spine Specialists. Dr. Timothy Keenen is an expert at diagnosing and treating conditions of the back and spine. Call us at 503-885-9391 today.