Frequently Asked Questions

Can gardening cause back pain?

Gardening can cause low back pain. Repetitive bending and pulling can strain the low back when gardening.

What helps back pain after gardening?

Chiropractic care can be a great help for low back pain caused by gardening. Chiropractic restores proper motion to the spine and helps with muscle tightness.

Why does my back hurt when pulling weeds?

Pulling weeds causes low back pain because of repetitive bending and lifting. The low back is not designed to stay in a bent position for long periods of time.

How do I protect my lower back while gardening?

When gardening, it is important to use a knee pad so you can kneel. This helps take the strain off the low back and prevents low back pain caused by gardening.

How can I garden without breaking my back?

Using proper lifting and avoiding prolonged bending will help prevent low back pain from gardening. It is also a good idea to see your chiropractor after any long periods of gardening. This will help keep your spine moving properly.


Hello everyone, it's Dr. Aaron Seaton with The Chiropractic Place again. Today we're doing a video on gardening back pain, it's springtime here where we live. We're getting a lot of people coming in with this, so I thought I should just kind of explain what's going on because this is definitely happening when people are pulling weeds, they're doing their landscape and getting their yards ready for springtime, so they can have fun and entertain. We're getting a lot of repetitive bending when we do this. If you're pulling weeds or reaching over, maybe they're picking up leaves, whatever it is, this is a really common thing we see during this time, a lot of repetitive bending and pulling, which your spine, most people are not accustomed to doing this, and this can put a lot of strain on the low back, and this is what starts to create that low back pain. Typically, we see patients with pain on one side or the other, either right or left, which indicates that they've strained their low back it's the most common form of low back pain that I see is a strained low back.

And right now we're seeing a lot of these, people doing their yard, getting it cleaned up and doing all this, so what I typically do in my patients is, when it's a first-time new patient, we do a consultation, we take digital x-rays in the office, and we look at them together within a couple of minutes of taking them, so that we can just better understand and make sure there are no serious underlying issues in the spine, and we can review that with the patient, and then after that, we finish doing our exam, and we get the patient adjusted that same day to start that process, to get your back to being healthy and get you some relief from that pain.

Obviously, care plans vary. They're different, depending on each patient and their individual needs, but we do explain those on day one with our patients about what we're trying to accomplish and how we're going to get them back on the road to health. So hopefully, this explains some of the stuff with gardening and landscaping that's going on right now and how it can affect low back pain. I'm Dr. Aaron Seaton with The Chiropractic Place.

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