As we head into fall across the Raleigh region, it’s time for Triangle residents to start preparing for the winter ahead. When it comes to doing fall chores, the last thing anyone needs is a new injury. To avoid a trip to the doctor, it’s crucial to prepare against shoulder injuries. It’s important to slow down during hard physical efforts and do chores carefully as we “winterize.” When we rush to get things done in the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, we are far more likely to suffer an unplanned strain or tear in the shoulder. Doctor Joe Wilson, Raleigh’s Shoulder Specialist, knows that a strain, trip, or fall can happen unexpectedly, and severely compromise the shoulder. It’s imperative to take precautions to avoid such accidents.
Dr. Joe Wilson of EmergeOrtho in the Triangle advises three ways to prevent shoulder injuries during the autumn season:
- Yard work: Take time getting all items into storage. Start with the tools used less frequently. Don’t do it all in one day. Plan ahead and do it gradually, to reduce stress on the shoulders. Be particularly careful when coiling up the garden hoses. These tend to cause many trips and falls during fall clean up.
- Painting: There can be lots of things around the house that need another coat of paint. However, also do this in small doses. Painting can be stressful on the shoulders and it’s best to do it in small spurts. Refrain from trying to knock it all out in one day.
- Lifting overhead: When storing anything light or heavy, try not to lift too many items overhead in one day. Make sure to stretch before hand to loosen up. Like any other winterizing activity, take it in stride and ask for help. When lifting overhead, be careful to bend at the knees and use the lower body as much as possible. This will help to prevent shoulder strains or tears.
Remember to take every precaution possible when raking leaves, cleaning the garage, washing the car or painting outdoors. As we prepare for winter in the Triangle, it’s important to go slow and do everything carefully, in order to avoid an unwanted shoulder injury. However, if shoulder pain should occur, don’t hesitate to call Dr. Wilson, Raleigh and the Triangle’s Shoulder Specialist, at an office listed below.
Schedule a consultation immediately.
This post offering three ways to prevent shoulder injury with fall chores is brought to you, by Doctor Joe Wilson, Raleigh’s Shoulder Specialist in the Triangle.
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Durham 919 220 5255
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Please note that the information contained in this blog article is intended solely for informational purposes only and is not intended in any way to be offered as medical advice. Please see a doctor for any medical issue or concern.
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