Physical injuries can occur at any time, and each season throws up its own problems, none more so than spring!

Amateur horticulturists around the country are getting restless. They are counting down the days and checking their weather apps. Winter may yet have a sting in its tale, but spring will prevail. The days are becoming longer the heat of the sun warmer, the problem is we haven’t been out there for months and the task is overwhelming!

Traditionally at froc we see a surge of gardening related injuries during March and April, especially that first good weekend. We are all out there keen to make amends.

At this time of year our bodies are like an uncoiled spring, lacking fitness from the hibernation of winter, starved of sunlight, deficient in vitamin D, at our most hungry, yet most vulnerable.

If you are like me, you look out the window and don’t know where to start. So we try a bit of everything, clear out the shed, prune the roses, mow the lawn and dig over the veg patch, but there’s too much in the shed, the secateurs are blunt, the mower needs a service, so we dig, dig, dig!

Almost all body parts seem to get injured in the garden but these are some of the most common things to come through the doors of froc:


  1. Low back pain and sciatica
  2. Neck pain
  3. Rotator cuff injuries of the shoulder
  4. Tennis / Golfers elbow
  5. Knee injuries
  6. Wrist and hand pain
  7. Muscular aches and pains


Here are some tips to help prevent injuries in the garden:

  • Warm up first. Early in the morning your disc pressure is high, muscles tight and joints stiff. This is your most vulnerable time. Go for a brisk walk or do some light exercise so that when you get into the garden your body is able to work more efficiently.
  • When planting or weeding, squat down or kneel on a pad instead of bending at the waist.
  • Take plenty of breaks, remember you haven’t done this for months and it takes time to get match fit.
  • If your digging, don’t fill the spade with too much earth, shovel little and often.
  • If your using a rake or a hoe bend you knees and work using your legs, protecting your back and upper body
  • Use a ladder if your pruning above shoulder height. This will reduce pressure on your neck and shoulders.
  • There’s so much to do in the spring garden that it can often seem like a mountain to climb. Little and often is the key.

We hope that you are able to enjoy the spring but if your first foray into the garden causes you any problems, please give us a call. There are four osteopaths at froc, we are open six days a week and offer evening appointments.

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