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Pain Free Friday Sep. 29 – Tips to Reduce Pain During Cleanup After the Storm

First of all, I hope that everyone is safe during the hurricane. Remember that when we have to clean up after a hurricane, this is a time when we are susceptible to injury to our back, our legs, and other parts of our body. So it is very important that you adhere to these tips when you have to lift an object, a tree limb, a box, or a bag of debris. Make sure that you lift with your legs by bending your knees.

Don’t bend over from the waist and pick up a bag of leaves or tree branches because this is going to increase back pain. Also, remember, never lift up a box or tree limb or any bag of debris with your arms outstretched. Bring your arms close to the body first and then lift the object.

This will help to reduce, reduce the likelihood of any back pain. And if you should injure your back, what should you try? Try an anti-inflammatory to help reduce the swelling and inflammation and pain. Now, if you are on a blood thinner, you should never, ever use an anti-inflammatory. An anti-inflammatory would be beneficial to take it before you start the yard.

Work to prevent the inflammation and pain afterwards, ice the affected area. If it’s your back, or your knee, that’s aching, put an ice pack on for about 15 minutes and see if that helps with your pain. I hope these tips are helpful as you clean up in the aftermath from the hurricane.