As the seasons are changing and winter is ending, gardening is the perfect activity to get yourself outdoors. There’s a lot of things you can do to get your garden ready for this new season. However, if you have knee pain, there’s a few things you should do before gardening.
Fun Gardening Ideas
House Beautiful suggests doing one or all of these easy gardening projects:
- Clean up the garden: remove all weeds, sticks, and leaves to get your garden ready to go
- Trim up: begin shaping summer-flowering shrubs
- Make compost: using fruit and veggie peels, coffee grounds and more, you can start a compost pile
- Clean furniture: time to freshen up your outdoor furniture – all you need is a bucket of some soapy water to help remove dirt buildup
- Create a garden journal: if you planted some things last year that didn’t do so well, make note of it so you remember in future years
- Turn clutter into planters: if you have old baskets, glass jars, or even cans from canned goods laying around – transform them into planters for this new gardening season
- Plan what you want to plant and get started!
Gardening is a great way to relieve some stress and focus on something other than the stress currently in your life. However, when working down in the soil it’s not uncommon to experience some knee pain. If you’re planning on gardening this spring, follow these tips to keep your knees from hurting:
Protective Gardening Tips
We know it sounds silly to say to warm up before you begin gardening for the day, but you should! Take some time to stretch out your muscles and get loose so while you’re getting up and down off the ground it won’t be so hard on your knees. Another plus? Stretching before you garden will help build up your endurance. Each day you’ll be able to garden a little more than the last.
Protect Your Knee With a Brace
Wearing a brace while you are gardening can help for mild to moderate knee pain. If you have a brace lying around, be sure you put it on before heading outside. A brace can help protect the knee from moving out of place and improve circulation. This is ideal if you’re going to be in one position for long, plus it’ll help support further flexibility in the joints.
Use Longer Gardening Tools
Many people might not know that longer gardening tools exist, but they do! Using longer garden tools will help protect your knees back so you don’t have to bend over or down so far. They also help you use less effort, but do the same amount of work. You won’t be as tired after a gardening session using these tools, and you might find that you were more productive too.
Have a Standing Workstation
To prevent yourself from having to sit on the ground too long, try making a standing workstation. If your knees keep getting sore while gardening, try incorporating a potting bench. These are a great piece of outdoor furniture that sometimes even come with a sink and extra storage. Standing more versus sitting on the ground in uncomfortable positions will help relieve unwanted pressure and tension off the knees.
Wear Good Shoes
Like with any activity, having a good pair of shoes is essential. You might think, “well it’s just gardening…” but it’s important to invest in a pair of high-quality shoes while you’re outside. They’ll need to be able to properly support your knees and back, but also withstand all the dirt from the garden. We recommend looking into stability shoes that will help support your feet while keeping them in a neutral position.
At Spine Correction Center of the Rockies, we’re experienced in helping people with their knee pain. Did you know that knee pain in America is recorded as the second most common cause of chronic pain? Many times knee pain comes from arthritis or injury. Injury can happen when too much weight is placed on the knee joints, like while gardening. If you find that you have knee pain, physical therapy could help relieve the pressure in the knee while building up strength. However, if it’s osteoarthritis, we have more options to help you become pain-free today.
Symptoms of osteoarthritis include:
- Joint soreness after inactivity or overuse
- Stiffness in joints after resting
- Pain when moving
- Difficulty standing up or using stairs
- Pain that prevents exercise
- Catching when moving your knee
- Deterioration of coordination
- Weakened thigh muscles
Make an Appointment
Our team at Spine Correction Center of the Rockies has developed a new treatment that could be what helps you kick your knee pain to the curb once and for all. The best part? It’s covered by most insurance plans and doesn’t require drugs or surgery! To find out more, contact us now or call (970)-658-5115.