Doctor: Push snow, don't shovel it

7:11 PM, Feb 3, 2012   |    comments
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VIEWER PHOTOS: Heavy snow in early Feb.

An orthopedic surgeon suggests you push show first and then shovel it in very small amounts.

Dr. Amit Agarwala, of Panorama Orthopedics, says your lower back is the most vulnerable.

Agarwala says push snow aside and then lift it with your legs instead of bending at the waist.

He says hospitals nationwide treat about 11,500 snow shoveling injuries and emergencies each year.

Here are some interesting facts about shoveling:

  • Research shows that there are many risks to snow shoveling; U.S. hospitals treat on average about 11,500 injuries and medical emergencies a year.
  • Lower backs are the most vulnerable. The lower back is the most frequently injured region of the body, followed by arm and hand injuries, and injuries to the head.
  • Cardiac-related injuries rare but most serious. According to research, cardiac-related injuries account for only 7 percent of injuries; but they are by far the most serious.
  • Proper shoveling technique. Tips to prevent injuries (Push snow instead of lifting, lift with legs instead of bending at waist, etc.)

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