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Len Rome’s Local Health: Hidden dangers of autumn

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Do you still have some leaves to rake up? Fall can be a big pain.

When it comes to raking, avoid twisting your back and focus your motion in your arms and shoulders. Use them to twist and pull.

It’s not about the weight of the leaves, but the time you spend cleaning up that can put you at risk for injury.

Dr. Andrew Bang, from the Cleveland Clinic, said to split the time you put in into a few days.

“If they rake one day and then literally cover it with a tarp, and go back and do all the bending and lifting the next day, they reduce their chance for injury. Especially if they have a history of lower back pain.”

Forty percent of adults will experience some sort of back pain in their lifetime and it usually happens more than once.

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