Farmers are at risk for tendon injuries because many farming tasks require monotonous motions. If you are building a fence, working the gears on a tractor, etcetera, you are overworking your tendons by performing repeated motion all day long.
Spinal Stenosis is definitely worth mentioning, as it relates to a lot of physical labor injuries that can occur to the spinal column/backbone. With increased inflammation, the spinal canal can become narrower, creating pressure on the spinal cord and the surrounding nerves. If you are riding in a tractor daily for long periods at a time, vibrations can cause repeated stress on the spinal column.
A common ailment worth mentioning, if not only for its’ increased risk in women, is Knee Osteoarthritis. A recent study resulted that women “who had worked for 11-30 years in farming tended to have an increased risk” in the development of knee osteoarthritis, compared to men. Why the increased risk in women?
Common back pain is another typical problem for farmers. Keep in mind; those long hours on the same seat, riding in heavy machinery that constantly emit vibrations, are hard on your body, especially your back. Everyone understands that once you hurt your back, the tiresome days of building fence or hauling hay nearly bring you to tears because of the pain you have to work through.
Spinal Injuries are the most serious injuries to befall today’s farmer, it is often a result of repetitive tasks such as lifting, hauling, and working the spine in variable positions. Spinal injuries typically involve a disturbance with the intervertebral disc.
A muscle injury occurs because of overuse, fatigue, or improper muscle use. When an injury such as this occurs it can fall into one of the following categories: strained muscle, pulled muscle, or torn muscle. These injuries can occur while doing your everyday work, and if left untreated, can lead to serious impairments and pain in the future.
This is a broad category that spans areas such as the wrist, knees, elbows and more. Any constant repetitive motion, in time, can cause the cartilage to wear down and, eventually, results in pain and inflammation of the joints. Being aware of everyday usage of these joints can be the first step to preventing soreness later. Common joint pain can become such a nuisance that it affects a farmer all day long.
Tendonitis is the swelling of the fibrous cords that attach your muscles to your bones. This ailment can develop in any area where a tendon connects a bone to a muscle. The areas most affected are shoulders, knees, elbows, hips, base of thumbs, and the Achilles. The swelling and inflammation of these tendons causes severe soreness, pain, and impairment.
After years of repetitive motion in joints, accidents/injuries, and overall use; the cartilage between our bones starts to wear down. When this happens the bones move closer and closer towards each other, leaving less space in between joints. This leads to the development of spurs between the joints as they rub together causing stiffness and pain. This pain can be severely debilitating.