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tinyfaery's avatar

Why does my back hurt when I sweep?

Asked by tinyfaery (40305points) October 25th, 2008

Is it my technique? Could it be the broom style or height? I don’t have any back problems. What could it be? If you have had the same experience, did anything help or make it disappear?

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asmonet's avatar

The act itself puts strain on the lower back, try standing further upright…maybe a taller broom would help. It happens to m too. But our broom is freaking child sized and I am 5’8.5”...soo. Ouch.

jessturtle23's avatar

You are using a muscle that you don’t normally use and it is getting a workout.

Bluefreedom's avatar

I think maybe your body is allergic to housework. So is mine, incidentally. I also get a sore back when I sweep so I feel your pain.

gailcalled's avatar

Stand up straight and as an Austrian ski instructor used to say to me, with no great success,“Bend ze knees.”

fabulous's avatar

I useally avoid that happening by not sweeping at all give it a try trust me it works also I am fairly lazy haha

deaddolly's avatar

all manual labor gives me a pain. try kicking the dirt…

cdwccrn's avatar

I get the same back ache. My sacri-iliac joint easily gets out of line. Instead of pushing pulling the vacuum with one arm, stiffen your arm and walk the vacuum forward and back, keeping your spine in alignment. Or, call merry maids!

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vger51's avatar

You people help so very little. It could have something to do with problems in your back that you do not realize you may have such as degenerative disc disease. This is a question for a family doctor or even better, an orthopedist to answer. “deaddolly” above had the most logical answer of all these posted but then blew it by saying call merry maids. Honestly, everything is NOT a joke!

Jeruba's avatar

@vger51, you do realize that this question was asked more than seven years ago? For one thing, the rules about humorous answers were different then. For another, most of the responders haven’t been here in years. Not much point in scolding them.

tinyfaery's avatar

But my back and hips still hurt when I sweep. Damn, I’ve been here a long time.

Jeruba's avatar

Oh, dear, it seems that we didn’t help much, then. Maybe what you need is a broom with a pivot handle, made like these snow shovels.

Or just use a light-duty battery-powered sweeper, one of those that amount to a DustBuster with a long handle?

Maybe the current generation of jellies will have better answers.

tinyfaery's avatar

I just have my sweep most of the time. Tee hee.

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