Maybe we will get lucky this winter and not have to worry about shoveling inches (or feet) of snow. We can cross our fingers all we want but at some point this winter, we will most likely have to dig out the snow shovels from the garage. Shoveling snow is a common catalyst for back pain. It's cold and frankly, we just don't want to do it. This leads to rushing through the process while sacrificing proper ergonomics. Here are some tips on how to avoid getting hurt.
1. Bending at the waist already puts our spine in a compromised position. Add the weight of snow on the shovel while trying to toss it over our shoulder and you have a recipe for back pain disaster.
2. Next time you have to clear the driveway or sidewalk, remember to keep your back straight, hold the shovel close to your body and lift with your knees. Keep your abdominal muscles tight to support your core and lower back. Avoid twisting at your waist to throw the snow and only move small amounts at a time.