Navigation Links
Spring Cleaning Lands Many Americans in Hot Water

SUNDAY, May 15 (HealthDay News) -- As Americans head toward attics, roofs and yards to freshen things up after the long winter, experts warn that spring cleaning can lead to a spring visit to the hospital.

In 2010, more than 35,500 people injured themselves on a stepladder, and more than 41,000 suffered injuries while gardening or using gardening equipment, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. In addition, over 127,000 were injured while using a lawnmower.

"Spring cleaning can bring on many injuries for a variety of reasons. Specifically, people tend to do too much too soon," orthopedic surgeon Dr. Michael A. Flippin, a spokesperson for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, said in a news release from the academy.

"Many common injuries -- including tendonitis, sprains, strains or breaks -- can be prevented with proper technique, like bending at the knees when lifting instead of from the back, or securing and stabilizing a ladder before climbing. These are simple precautions that are overlooked too often," he added.

For those ready to start their annual clean-up, the academy offers the following advice:

  • When lifting, separate your feet and bend at the knees. Lift with your leg muscles.
  • Avoid prolonged repetitive motions -- for example, doing the same thing over and over again while gardening -- by varying your activities and resting in between.
  • Wear protective gloves and clothing when gardening and cleaning.
  • Invest in a sturdy step stool instead of standing on a chair or couch when cleaning hard-to-reach areas.
  • Make sure a spotter is with you when you're on a ladder and don't lean over too far in either direction: your belly button should never go beyond the ladder's sides.
  • Kids under 12 years of age shouldn't use a lawnmower, and they shouldn't use a ride-on mower until they're 16. People of all ages should wear proper footwear when mowing the lawn.
  • Take breaks, drink water and keep a cell phone with you so you can call for help if you're injured.

More information

For more about ladder safety, visit the American Ladder Institute.

-- Randy Dotinga

SOURCE: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, news release, April 28, 2011

Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Successful depression treatment of mothers has long-term effects on offspring
2. Pregnant and Stressed May Mean Offspring Who Misbehave
3. In time for spring, biologist illuminates how seedlings regulate growth
4. Spring-cleaning the mind?
5. Springer launches new journal, Translational Behavioral Medicine: Practice, Policy, Research
6. New link between mothers pregnancy diet and offsprings chances of obesity found
7. Expert Shares Spring Break Safety Tips
8. Adolescent offspring of women who drank alcohol during first trimester
9. Poor Diet in Pregnancy Tied to Disease in Offspring: Rat Study
10. Get Into Shape Before Spring Activities, Doctor Advises
11. Spring break
Post Your Comments:
Related Image:
Spring Cleaning Lands Many Americans in Hot Water
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... "With 30 hand-drawn hand gesture animations, FCPX users ... - CEO of Pixel Film Studios. , ProHand Cartoon’s package transforms over 1,300 ... Pro X . Simply select a ProHand generator and drag it above media or ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... , ... June 25, 2016 , ... Conventional wisdom preaches ... success. In terms of the latter, setting the bar too high can result in ... than just slow progress toward their goal. , Research from ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... Scientific Sessions in Dallas that it will receive two significant new grants to ... came as PHA marked its 25th anniversary by recognizing patients, medical professionals and ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... People across the U.S. are sharpening their ... Award, an essay contest in which patients and their families pay tribute to a ... the 2016 National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) Annual Education Conference (AEC) this September. ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... National recruitment firm Slone Partners is ... sequencing and genomics experience, as Vice President of North American Capital Sales at ... for leading the sales team in the commercialization of the HTG EdgeSeq system and ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/26/2016)... Ontario , June 27, 2016  VMS Rehab ... Company,s Board will take whatever measures required to build ... Company,s stock which is currently listed on the OTC ... Wexler, Company Chairman and CEO, "We are seeing an ... difficult to understand, not only by the Company, but ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... OAKLAND, N.J. , June 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/ ... in the design, development and manufacturing of collagen ... and regeneration announced today that Bill Messer ... Sales and Marketing to further leverage the growing ... surgery medical devices. Bill joins the ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... Dublin - ... " Global Markets for Spectroscopy Equipment" report ... This report focuses on the global market of ... applications in various applications. The report deals with spectroscopy ... industries: pharmaceutical and biotechnology, food and beverage, and environmental ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: