Shoveling Snow Can Be A Pain
January 27, 2015
“Shoveling your way out of a snowstorm is actually a big workout,” says the Journal. It can strain both the back and the spine.
Experts recommend that chronic back pain sufferers should avoid shoveling.
If you need to dig out, a recommendation is cited from Barry Root, chairman of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Glen Cove Hospital in Glen Cove, for “pushing the snow rather than lifting it, when at all possible, and bending the knees, rather than using the back.”
An orthopedic surgeon who specializes in the spine, recommends keeping the weight of the heavy snow close to your body.
“The farther away the weight is, the harder the back muscles have to work, because the more that weight is pulling you forward,” said Dr. Hilibrand, who is a spokesman for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He suggests shoveling in 20-minute increments and shoveling on both the right and left side.
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