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IT'S YOUR BACK newsletter, Issue #007-Snow Shoveling
November 26, 2014

How To Prevent Snow Shoveling Back Pain?

Winter will soon be upon us and with it comes that dreaded word that all back pain sufferers hate to hear-snow.

Probably no other activity causes more back pain than shoveling snow.

Of course we can't stop the snow and, yes, we do have to remove it; but we can do things to avoid and prevent lower back pain when removing snow.

Here are some suggestions:

1. You can hire the services of another person to do the snow removal for you.

2. Do not wait until the snow becomes too deep and difficult to lift. Use a push type snow shovel and simply plow the snow off walkways and driveways periodically during a snowfall while it is still minimal and light. Do not wait until the snowfall is over allowing it to become too deep to remove safely.

3. You could just wait for the snow to melt on its own if you do live in a warm climate where snow rapidly melts within a day. However, you risk icing and the danger of falls. Some cities even have snow removal ordinances requiring you by law to clear walkways of snow. Besides, if you fail to remove the snow and a pedestrian does fall because of your neglect there's always the chance of a lawsuit.

4. You could also move to a snow-free part of the country. However, this is not the most practical choice for most of us.

5. Your best choice is to buy a snow blower. When you figure the cost of doctor fees, x-rays, possible MRI, massages, and lost workdays the investment in a snow blower is minimal.

Just remember snow shoveling, with its lifting, twisting, and throwing motion is the very worst action, whether you suffer with chronic back pain or never even had a back issue to begin with.

Why not avoid lower back injury altogether, causing more damage to your already degenerative back, and the costs and expenses of back pain and disability? Just go and invest in a good snow blower. You will reap the rewards and benefits for winters to come.

Yours for better health,

Dr. Myers

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