The big creosote coated wooden beam that runs crosswise between the railroad tracks – the beam that they drive the spikes into – that’s a cross tie. Some people use them in their landscaping. They are big, quite heavy and bulky, and you will probably hurt your back if you move them around your yard. I know this personally. I confess that have wrestled with one or two. Once. I am a quick learner. It was my patient who moved 27!
The fact is, I talk to more people who were knocked to their knees when they bent over to pick up a pen than people who carried railroad ties or some other extreme physical stressor.
Why is that?
If you have an auto accident or fall, you expect to have some pain for a while, but the longer term effects on your back or neck are really more important. When a trauma changes the normal alignment and movement through your neck or back, it leaves you with a residual weakness. That weaker area is prone to re-aggravation with a minimal stress, perhaps just bending over the wrong way. Because it’s not properly aligned, that weaker area will gradually degenerate, deteriorate and develop arthritis much faster than all the surrounding vertebrae and joints.
If you get occasional sharp pain in the neck or back, (even if it isn’t due to a fall or carrying railroad cross ties) get that area corrected. The sooner it’s corrected, there’s a less likelihood of arthritis or surgery in the future.