This warm weather is perfect for working on the garden. Bending to dig, weed; shoveling, lifting and reaching to prune trees and shrubs are all activities that can be as tough on your body as a full contact sport! In fact, in 2010 (the most recent data we could find) more than 41,000 Americans injured themselves while gardening or using gardening tools. In the next few days we will give you tips for avoiding injury while spring cleaning this season:

Andy thought he would have to hang up his clubs, until he met Dr. Schrank. Here's his story...

When I retired I was looking forward to my new found freedom and doing the things I love, like golfing. But five years ago, I thought I was going to have to hang up my clubs when my shoulder started hurting. The pain was terrible and my shoulder was stiff, really limiting my range of motion. It got to the point where I couldn’t swing a club. I was diagnosed with severe arthritis and thought my golfing days were over until I met Dr. Schrank.

Dr. Christoforou has some great advice to add to our Spring Cleaning series: "Now that the Spring has finally arrived, many of us are getting busy cleaning up in and around the house and back yard. It's important to be careful out there in order to avoid injuries to your hands, shoulders, hips, knees and other joints." Our team has a few tips to help you stay safe this spring cleaning season. "Remember," notes Dr. Christoforou "prevention is the best medicine!" In this installment we explore Ladder safety.

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