winter snowfall is magical, but the task of clearing driveways and sidewalks
should be approached carefully. According to a study published in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine,
an average of 11,000 individuals visit the hospital each year with snow
shoveling-related injuries and the task causes approximately 100 deaths each
the most common snow shoveling-related injuries, the study listed heart
problems, overworked muscles, broken bones, cuts and being hit with the shovel,
along with injuries to muscles, ligaments, tendons and other soft tissues.
Lower back injuries were also prominent.
chiropractors treating patients with lower back injuries due to snow shoveling,
consider the following tips from William Hogarth, DC, MBS and lead clinician at
Logan University’s Mid Rivers Health Center to guide patients in preventing
the snow is thick, heavy or wet, push it instead of shoveling it.
you shovel, use your whole body, especially your legs.
frequent breaks and stay hydrated.
layers. If you begin to sweat, you have too many clothes on and should remove a
layer. Sweating while snow shoveling is more than a discomfort – it can lead to
chest, arm or jaw pain. This can indicate heart-related issues such as a heart
you can, hire a local kid to do the work for you, and enjoy the beauty of