Gardening Tips for Back Pain Patients

By Robert F. McLain, MD


Just in time for Spring 2021, Spine Surgeon Dr. Robert McLain, of Cleveland, OH, presents ‘Gardening Tips for Back Pain Patients’. This five minute video, about gardening with back and neck issues, is geared toward patients with a passion to garden who want to know how to stay fit for the entire gardening season. The topic was born out of the many questions his spine patients have had over the years as they seek to pursue their Spring-time gardening passion without incurring back or neck set-backs.

In the video, Dr. McLain answers key questions about activity management such as:

  • Bending
  • Twisting
  • Lifting
  • Overwork

Dr. McLain reviews back mechanics and encourages taking a common sense approach toward activity level and other decisions regarding gardening efforts to avoid back or neck problems. He also provides tips on ways to reduce loads on your back while gardening, how to calm your muscles down after gardening, and other back and neck-friendly techniques to enable gardeners to continue to pursue their passion without undue strain.


Important Note: The patient information presented is for general education purposes only. As with any spine surgery, there are potential benefits, complications, and risks associated with disc replacement and spinal fusion procedures. Individual results may vary. It is important that you discuss the possible risks and potential benefits of various procedures with your doctor prior to receiving treatment, and that you rely on your physician’s best judgment. Only your doctor can determine whether you are a suitable candidate for a specific surgical procedure.

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