Living in New York, we are used to snow storms and snow removal. You should consider a few tips to avoid injuring yourself this winter.
Tip 1: You have heard it a million times, but bend your knees to lift the snow. Lift with your legs, not your back.
Tip 2: If it’s a big snowfall, skim off the top 5-6 inches and then scoop the snow from the bottom.
Tip 3: Take breaks to conserve your energy and allow your muscles to rest.
Tip 4: Dress in layers.
Tip 5: If you are using a push shovel, position the handle near your belly button and push. This will help avoid twisting your low back and causing injury.
Tip 6: Rest before you shovel the end of your driveway. It’s heavier there due to snowplows clearing the street.
Tip 7: Switch your grip on the shovel every once in a while to use different hand and arm muscles.
Keep these tips in mind while you shovel this winter. If you do injure your back or hurt yourself shoveling this year, you can contact Sports PT directly and we can have you seen within 24 hours under Direct Access. Direct Access allows you to be seen by a physical therapist without a physician referral/prescription. If you take care of the injury right away, you may only need a few visits of PT to eliminate your pain.