ROSEMONT, Ill., Sept. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- It's that time of year again and the fall season has begun. As each changing season brings its own set of activities and chores, families start thinking about outdoor yardwork. From raking leaves, to mowing lawns and using ladders, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) offers outdoor safety advice to make sure your autumn clean-up is as safe and injury-free as possible.
"Many people work vigorously in the yard during the autumn season and it often takes a toll on your body," stated Laurence Laudicina, MD, an orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in sports medicine and spokesperson for the AAOS. "Raking leaves and cleaning out the gutters are popular seasonal chores and can lead to falls or strain to your back and upper body," he added.
Rakes and Pains
Orthopaedic surgeons and the AAOS recommend:
Homeowners often take time to clean the leaves out of gutters, check roof integrity and wash windows before the winter begins. However, injuries from ladder use are very common. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, in 2008, about 539,000 people went to the doctor, emergency room or hospital due to a ladder injury.
To stay safe on a ladder and avoid injuries:
For more information on autumn yard and ladder safety and other injury prevention tips, visit orthoinfo.org
|SOURCE American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons|
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