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Posted on 01-13-2017

Snow Shoveling Back Pain

Snow shoveling back pain is a yearly event.  Snow removal is hard work and accounts for a variety of back injuries every winter.

Luckily, most of these occurrences are not serious.

Snow implies cold weather. Cold muscles are easily injured, since they are tight and taut. The cold also reduces the blood supply to some muscles, making them far more prone to experience structural ischemia concerns. This can result in cramping or spasms, especially after overworking already tired parts of the anatomy.

Muscular back pain is the most common form of injury suffered during snow removal. Bending and twisting while carrying large loads of snow can cause muscular and disc injuries. We can help with this.

Slips and falls on snow and ice can cause muscle pain, bruises and even fractured vertebrae in the spine. 

Preventing Snow Shoveling Back Pain

Here are some tips for preventing injury and pain when dealing with snow removal responsibilities:

Warm up before shoveling. A few minutes of stretching and calisthenics in a warm place are advised before beginning snow removal.

Dress warm and wear layered clothing. This will keep your muscles warm and also cushion your landing in case of an unexpected fall.

Use a quality ergonomic shovel to minimize our need to bend and reach.

Wear boots or shoes with excellent traction to prevent falling on the icy surfaces under the snow.

Do not over exert yourself. Only lift what you are capable of lifting. Take your time and work smart.

Consider buying a snow blower to do the heavy work for you.

Use ice melt underfoot when shoveling to make shoveling easier, as well as to provide needed traction to prevent slipping and falling.

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If you are suffering from shoveling snow, we can help.  Give us a call.

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