Safe Snow Shoveling Tips

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(KTVI) – In light of the heavy snow, this is one final reminder. Be cautious Monday as you remove the snow and ice.

Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Richard Lehman discusses some of the most common injuries.

Shoveling snow involves heavy lifting and bending and it taxes the heart, too.

Here are Dr. Lehman’s suggestions:

  • Warm up muscles with light exercise
  • Pace yourself
  • Proper equipment (use the right weight shovel and space your hands to increase leverage)
  • Proper lifting, push the snow instead of lifting - if you must lift, squat with your legs apart, knees bent, back straight, lift with your legs
  • Remove small amounts at a time and do not throw the snow over your shoulder or to the side - this requires a twisting motion that stresses your back