The Safest Way to Shovel Snow

Incorrect form while shoveling snow is a common cause of orthopedic injuries. You can reduce your risk of becoming injured by stretching your muscles and warming up before heading out to shovel. It’s always best to push the snow as much as possible, rather than lifting it. When you do need to lift snow, keep your back straight, and lift by bending and straightening your knees. Avoid back injuries by never twisting your trunk as you work.

For a demonstration of the proper way to shovel, watch this video. You’ll see a physical therapist demonstrate the right techniques for lifting and throwing snow. This video also emphasizes the importance of drinking plenty of water throughout your shoveling chores.

Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine proudly serves residents of New York City who suffer from orthopedic injuries. You can contact our orthopedic clinic in Forest Hills at (718) 897-2228 or  visit our blog for helpful health information .

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