21 Apr Before You Clean Out the Gutter, Watch Out for These Spring Cleaning Injuries
With shelter-in-place orders given to communities across the country as a result of the COVID-19 public health crisis, people are spending more time than usual at home, and with all of this extra time, many families are spending significant amounts of time cleaning and sanitizing their homes.
While this is certainly a great way to stop the spread of disease, it’s important to note that each year healthcare professionals register high numbers of injuries caused by cleaning at home.
Spring cleaning often involves climbing, lifting heavy objects, and other injury-risk activities, and in an effort to encourage safety during these uncertain times, the McAllen chiropractors of Hendrick Wellness Center want to identify common injuries that occur while cleaning so that you can recognize the risks and make safety a top priority in your home.
One of the most common household injuries, falls result in more than 2.8 million injuries treated in emergency rooms across the country every year. Falls may occur as a result of any number of activities:
- While walking on uneven terrains while doing yard work or gardening.
- When losing your footing as you walk across rugs.
- While walking up and down stairs.
- While using ladders or step stools.
With hospitals’ resources stretched thin because of the virus, taking care of ourselves in order to avoid serious injury must be a priority.
2. Back Injuries
Nearly 80% of adults will experience a back injury in their lifetime, and cleaning often paves the way for back injuries due to repetitive movements involved. Frequent bending, twisting, and lifting are sometimes precursors for back issues, and cleaning for prolonged periods of time can contribute to chronic back pain.
3. Joint Subluxation
A subluxation is a partial dislocation that can occur in the shoulders, knees, spine, ankles, etc. Microtraumas from repetitive activities such as gardening, vacuuming, even scrubbing showers and tubs can gradually lead to subluxation if one isn’t careful.
Many injuries may develop as a result of cleaning over time, but subluxation can result from acute injury or repetitive motions commonly experienced during the process of maintaining a clean home.
4. Sprains and Strains
Repetitive strain or stress injuries from housework are a reality for many homeowners. Any strenuous activity creates a potential for injury, including activities such as:
- Pulling weeds
- Steam-cleaning carpets
- Pruning trees
- Mopping floors
Caused by repeated movements and awkward grips or postures, these injuries tend to predominantly affect your upper body.
Exercise Caution and Be Mindful of Your Surroundings
Sometimes injury in the course of one’s life is inevitable, but as we spend increased amounts of time at home as a result of COVID-19, it’s important to take precautions to stay healthy and remain injury-free during these challenging times. Exercising caution when spring cleaning, asking for help if you need it, and listening to your body if you begin to experience pain and discomfort are important ways to stay safe when you’re tackling chores at home.
In light of the current pandemic and county ordinances, Hendrick Wellness Center will be closed for standard chiropractic care, but we will continue to offer virtual consultations for the time being to ensure patient and staff safety. However, in case of an acute injury, we will gladly see to your needs while taking the safety protocols outlined by your local municipality, World Health Organization (WHO), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).