Aspirus Health shares tips for shoveling snow safely | WJMN

WAUSAU, Wisc. (WJMN) – According to Aspirus Health, thousands of Americans are being treated in emergency departments for injuries caused by shoveling snow.

“Snow removal can be especially challenging for the back, shoulder and arm muscles as it involves bending over and lifting heavy objects,” says Kaycie Berhorst, Aspirus Occupational Therapist, Kaycie Berhorst. “It can also be hard on the heart: Older adults face an increased risk of heart problems when shoveling. And it’s not uncommon for people to slip or fall — or get hit by a shovel — when shoveling snow.”

Some tips for shoveling are:

  • Dress appropriately, wearing lightweight, waterproof clothing, hats, gloves, warm socks, and shoes or boots with good traction.
  • Do not use a shovel that is too heavy or long.
  • Clear snow early and often instead of when the snow is thick and heavy.
  • Rest and drink enough water.
  • Stop touching if you feel pain, if you have chest pain seek medical attention immediately.
  • Push snow, not lift.
  • Avoid throwing snow over your shoulder or to the side to avoid straining your back.

Aspirus Health recommends talking to your doctor if you have questions about your snowball fitness, especially if you’re over 40 years old, don’t exercise regularly, or have a history of heart disease.

Information on injury prevention can be found online.

https://www.upmatters.com/outdoors/aspirus-health-shares-tips-for-safe-snow-shoveling/ Aspirus Health shares tips for shoveling snow safely | WJMN

Emma Bowman

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