Tips for Safe Snow Shoveling This Winter
- Posted on: Jan 30 2015
Depending on your age, snow can be fun or a nuisance. When it comes to shoveling snow, it’s easy to get injured. In fact, according to an article published by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) more that 119,000 people were treated in hospital emergency rooms, doctor’s offices, clinics and other medical settings for injuries sustained while shoveling snow or using a snow blower in 2013. The orthopedic injuries sustained varied, although most affected the back, shoulder, knees and hands. To follow are some safety tips for snow removal this winter.
Safety Tips for Shoveling Snow
- Push the snow, rather than lifting it
- Do not throw snow over your shoulders or to the side, as the twisting motion can cramp up muscles in your lower back and cause tremendous pain
- Start clearing snow at the onset of the snow, and often
- Do not wait until it has stopped snowing to begin clearing cars and walkways
- Pace yourself, dress warmly to keep muscles warm and protect them from straining
- Do warm up exercises before you begin, stretch out and do jumping jacks to get your heart pumping and to increase circulation
- Practice safe lifting methods if you must lift snow, “lift from your knees” not with your back
- Remove small amounts of snow at a time
Safety Tips for Using a Snow Blower
- Read the instructions for your device thoroughly before beginning snow removal
- Never stick your hand or any item into the snow blower while it is running if it is jammed
- Do not leave the snow blower unattended while running, as it can run over your feet
- Be careful not to trip over the cord if your snow blower is electric and connected to a power source
Were You Injured While Shoveling Snow? Contact Dr. Desio for Treatment.
For more information about safe snow removal, or if you have sustained an injury while shoveling snow, contact Dr. Desio today. Our offices are located in Worcester, Massachusetts, and we proud serve all surrounding areas. Schedule your appointment today at 508.363.6363. We hope to hear from you soon.
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