Leaf raking is part of an autumn ritual for Alaskan folks. Love it or hate it, the task has to be done. Despite being mundane, raking leaves is not without risk of injury, so be sure to practice proper raking techniques before, during, and after your work. Melissa Conrad Stoppler, MD, offers ten tips on how to make your raking duties more efficient:
- Avoid twisting your body while raking.
- Use a properly-sized rake for your height and strength.
- Wear gloves to help prevent blisters on the hands.
- Bend at the knees, rather than the waist, to pick up items.
- Do some form of light exercise for ten minutes to warm up the muscles prior to raking.
- Try to vary your movements as much as you can to avoid overuse of muscle groups.
- Wear shoes with skid-resistant soles to minimize the risk of falling.
- You may need to take frequent breaks or slow your pace if you are an infrequent exerciser.
- Be sure to drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration.
- When you’re done, gentle muscle stretching can help relieve tension in the muscles. A hot bath can relax muscles.
Any time you rake leaves, you’re doing physical activity, and just like any physical activity, injuries such as cuts, scratches, and burns may occur. The downside to these injuries—which aren’t considered an emergency, yet can’t be ignored too long—is that it’s difficult to get an appointment for them at a traditional medical facility on the same day, since they’re non-life-threatening. Fortunately, you can have such skin injuries checked and treated by urgent care doctors in South Anchorage, at trusted facilities like Primary Care Associates.
Cuts, abrasions, and burns are among the most frequent injury types seen by urgent care facilities. Most urgent care centers encounter these skin injuries on a daily basis, whether it’s a child who stepped on a broken glass in the beach or an adult who got himself scratched after tripping on a log during his morning jog. A well-equipped urgent care facility would properly tend to the injured person—have him stitched, if necessary—and send him on his way home in no time.
Since most people rake their yard during weekends, it is essential for injured persons to have access to a medical facility during those days. Fortunately, South Anchorage urgent care clinics like Primary Care Associates are open daily, from 8 AM to 9 PM. Simply call the office any day of the week when you are in need of treatment for a skin injury.
(Source: 10 Health Tips for Autumn Leaves Clean-Up, MedicineNet.com)