Up until this point, we’ve been pretty lucky with the amount of snow that’s accumulated – but winter isn’t over just yet! Snow shoveling is hard work and can be dangerous too. It has been reported that improper shoveling has landed 34,200 people in the emergency room and doctor’s offices in 2012. The most common injuries were reported to be sprains and strains, mainly to the back, shoulders and knees. In case of heavy snowfall, it is important to make sure you have the proper tools and techniques to prevent injuries. The Canadian Chiropractic Association has a few tips to make sure you stay safe while tackling all that snow.
Stop shoveling if you experience back or chest pain. If your chest pain is severe, see a medical doctor immediately. If your back, shoulder or knee pain persists for more than a few days after shoveling consult a chiropractor for an evaluation.