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ask a Professional Sarah Pettyjohn, PT, DPT Q: My back has been sore from shoveling all this snow. Is there anything I can do to protect my back when I remove snow from my driveway? A: Snow shoveling is a repetitive activity that can cause muscle strain to the lower back and shoulders. Following these tips can help you avoid injuries: •Lift smaller loads of snow, rather than heavy shovelfuls. Be sure to take care to bend your knees and lift with your legs rather than your back. • Use a shovel with a shaft that lets you keep your back straight while lifting. A short shaft will cause you to bend more to lift the load. Using a shovel that’s too long makes the weight at the end heavier. Step in the direction in which you are throwing the snow to prevent the low back from twisting. • Avoid excessive twisting. Instead, bend your knees and keep your back as straight as possible so that you are lifting with your legs. • Take frequent breaks when shoveling. Stand up straight and walk around periodically to extend the lower back. • Backward bending exercises while standing will help reverse the excessive forward bending of shoveling: stand straight and tall, place your hands toward the back of your hips, and bend backwards slightly for several seconds. Sundog Rehabilitation, llC Serving Rapid Valley and Custer locations! 605-787-2719 www.sundogrehab.com - Most Insurance Accepted

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