Let it Snow, Let it Snow!
With the first snow fall comes shoveling. Low back pain due to muscle strain is common for those who may not realize their muscles are out of condition.
Here are four tips to avoid low back injury.
1) Lift smaller loads of snow. Take frequent rest breaks to stretch.
2) Chose a shovel with a longer handle to avoid excessive bending.
3) Use proper lifting techniques, bend with your knees and hinge at your hips, not with your back.
4) Disc injuries occur with twisting. Lift your feet to turn your body, instead of twisting your trunk when shoveling.
If your back pain persists a Physical Therapist can help.
About the Author:
Carol Pietromonaco Murfin PT, MBA, graduated from McGill University, Montreal, Canada, in 1996 with a degree in Physical Therapy. She has been practicing in Massachusetts for 16 years. She has experience in a variety of settings from acute care to outpatient orthopedics. She is currently the owner of Back to You Physical Therapy in Sherborn, MA. Carol is a new author who will be happy to answer any health, injury or Physical Therapy related questions you may have. Please email Carol your questions at firstname.lastname@example.org
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