Prevent back pain while shoveling snow

More Video...

We are slowly getting to those warmer temperatures, one day at a time, and that means it's time to get rid of the snow from your sidewalks and driveways.

As you plan to accomplish that task there are a few things you want to keep in mind so you don’t get hurt.

South Bend Orthopedic Spine Surgeon Dr. Thomas Mango says the first thing you should before shoveling is stretch. He says you want to stretch your hamstrings and quads because when those muscles are tight you are more likely to use your back and not your legs like you should.

Once you have done that he says technique is important. Dr. Mango says you want to get low enough with your knees, stand up straight with your knees and walk the snow filled shovel over to your pile.

He says you don’t want to lean over and pick up snow with your back and fling it over to your snow pile. Doing this could result in an injury.

If you do feel pain in your back he suggests you put the shoveling on hold and take a break. If the pain does not go away, go to your doctor. If you do hurt yourself you may want to take Tylenol, ice your back down to limit inflammation and after 24 hours switch to heat.

Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
powered by Disqus
WNDU - Channel 16 54516 State Road 933 South Bend, IN 46637 Front Desk: 574-284-3000 Newsroom: 574-284-3016 Email:
Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 239248281 -
Gray Television, Inc.