Digging out from the storm: shoveling safety

Clearing out snow after the winter storm can come with health hazards.

The increased physical activity may cause over-exertion, according to Dr. Dale Patterson.

Patterson said he sees many people come into his office after snow storm complaining of back and leg pain.

To avoid these injuries, he suggests taking the right approach to shoveling. For instance, do not bend at the waist while trying to lift the shovel with heavy snow. Instead, use your legs to lift which is easier on the back.

Patterson also said using a smaller shovel can prevent people from taking on more than their body can handle.

There is also a risk of heart attack.

"The main thing you want to look for is if there is any chest pain," he said. If you're having any chest pain, difficulty breathing, pain that radiates into your arm or your jaw should definitely stop shoveling right away and get help."


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