GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn - With leaf raking season upon us, many Minnesotans are experiencing shoulder, neck, back, elbow and hand pain as a result of raking and bagging leaves.

Twin Cities Orthopedics therapist Courtney Kovacs joined the KARE 11 News at 4 to discuss the causes for the ailments and also to provide tips to prevent leaf raking injury “baggage.”

Common issues associated with raking include bending at the waist, reaching too far and trying to do too much at one time if a person’s body is not used to the repetitive motion. Other leaf raking issues include forearm tendonitis and lower back pain.

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