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Shoveling snow may be hard work, but there are ways to make it easier on your body. Activity is good for you, but you don’t want to over-tax the heart or muscles and joints.

Lower-back injury from snow shoveling may be related to excessive joint loading. These stresses are a common cause of low back strains and vertebral disc damage.

The top 10 ways to avoid injury when shoveling snow:

1. Always check with your health care provider before participating in vigorous activity. You may be advised to avoid shoveling snow due to your specific health issues.

2. Stop immediately and seek assistance if you experience any type of pain or shortness of breath.

3. Wear the proper clothing for this activity: Dress in light layers to stay warm in the beginning, but be able to shed layers as heat builds so you can moderate your body temperature. Wear gloves to keep your hands warm and dry; this will also reduce blisters.

4. Pick a snow shovel wisely.

a. A bent-handled snow shovel keeps your back straighter when shoveling.

b. The length is correct when you can slightly bend your knees, flex your back 10 degrees or less, and handle it comfortably at the start of the shoveling stroke.

c. A lighter shovel taking smaller paths will put less stress on your back. This will reduce the load of a heavier pile of snow to shovel.

5. Pushing the snow puts less stress on the back and heart than throwing it. Push whenever possible.

6. With any activity, it’s better to be warmed up. This will get the muscles and joints ready for work.

7. Keep your hands at a comfortable distance for optimum leverage, about 12 inches. This reduces strain on you and your back.

8. Lift the snow properly. Squat with your legs, bending at your knees and keeping your back straight. Don’t bend at the waist. Also lift with your legs. Lift small amounts and walk to where you dump the snow. Pace yourself and take frequent breaks.

9. Remember wet snow can be very heavy. One full shovel load can weigh as much as 25 pounds.

10. Consider buying a snow-blower. When used correctly, a snow-blower will put far less strain on your back than shoveling snow.

If you’re in shape and ready to work this winter, it’s good thing to remember family members and neighbors who aren’t as fit. They may need help to clear the snow and it does the heart and mind good to help those in need.

SOURCE: http://qctimes.com/lifestyles/health-med-fit/start-the-week-off-right-tips-for-safe-snow-shoveling/article_2af572f2-71e9-58bd-86c8-f76d534cd086.html

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients:

Our patients, employees and family are our top priority at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

We ask you to not visit any of our locations if you have symptoms such as fever, sneezing, coughing and possible shortness of breath.

Please cancel your appointment and re-schedule once you are feeling better and are no longer suffering with symptoms.

Only non-symptomatic patients will be seen. No exceptions.

Accompanying family members – including children – are asked to remain in the waiting area and will not be allowed to enter the exam rooms.

During this time of high concern regarding the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we are taking extra precautions to maintain the highest possible standards of safety and cleanliness. Please be advised that we are carefully following recommendations from both the CDC and WHO and are here to help guide you through this time if needed.

Some steps we are taking to keeping safe:

  1. We know how important cleanliness is and always maintain the highest standards of cleanliness. To further offer you peace of mind, we have increased the frequency of the cleaning of our office.
  2. Rest assured that hand washing is strictly followed. Hand sanitizer is available to all staff and patients.
  3. Additionally, if you have recently traveled to a country with high rates of the coronavirus or have been on a cruise, please reschedule your visit for at least 14 days from your return date. We will gladly accommodate your needs to reschedule. At that time, a telehealth interface can be arranged if necessary.

Find up-to-date and accurate information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website and feel free to reach out with questions.

- Your team at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

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