Snow Shoveling Posture
- Begin with a straight back and slowly bend your knees while shoveling, lifting with your legs as you come back to a stand.
- Keep your back straight at all times, avoiding hunching over, which causes undue stress on the spine.
- Shovel small amounts of snow at a time. Heavy lifting can cause unnecessary strain on the back.
- Purchase an ergonomic shovel that has an angle in the handle. This will help you maintain proper posture.
- Keep this simple mantra in mind: “If it hurts, stop!” Injuries to the back can start from small, seemingly insignificant pain. Listening to your body is important.
- Remember to hydrate after shoveling snow. Even though you might feel cold, you are exerting the body when shoveling,
If you experience back pain, begin by treating with heat or ice in combination with aspirin or acetaminophen. If the pain becomes worse after an extended period of time, it is recommended that you contact your physician. Greater Baltimore Neurosurgical Associates (GBNA) offers appointments for patients with back pain. To learn more, visit www.gbmc.org/gbna or call 443-849-GBMC (4262) to make an appointment.