Winter is upon us, and if you’re one of those people who gets stuck shoveling pounds of snow each year, please be careful. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, as many as 16,500 people will be treated in an emergency room for an injury after removing snow or ice by hand.
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says the most common injuries related to shoveling snow include back and shoulder sprains and strains. If you have a medical condition in which any activity may make your heart work extra hard, check with your doctor first. It may be worth the money to hire someone to shovel the snow for you.
If you’re otherwise capable, take the following steps recommended by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the Center for Injury Research and Policy of the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Ohio: