Shoveling Snow: Pain In The Neck or Pain In The Back? - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Shoveling Snow: Pain In The Neck or Pain In The Back?

SPOKANE, Wash. - As the snow piles up from inches to feet, more people are landing on their back and injuring themselves while clearing snow from sidewalks and driveway.

Rob Siclair owns NorthWest Physical Therapy in north Spokane and says more people are starting to call his office with snow shoveling related injuries. "Slipping and falling is a big one right now," he said. 

He recommends wearing boots or shoes with good traction to prevent slips.  Special spikes can be slipped over normal shoes to create extra traction.

He also recommends warming-up with a few jumping jacks or walking on the treadmill before you leave your home for the cold outdoors.

The increase in calls is a rite of passage for doctors and physical therapists who help patients dealing with snow shoveling injuries in Spokane.

"If it's not getting better (your injury or soreness)," he said, "You need to see someone."  

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