SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB/WSHM) – The snow is right here, and meaning it’s good to bear in mind shoveling security.
Dr. Julio Martinez-Silvestrini from Baystate Rehabilitation Care spoke with Western Mass Information to debate shoveling security.
What are some accidents you see from shoveling snow?
Dr. Martinez-Silvestrini: “We will begin with extra regarding accidents, corresponding to coronary heart assault, dehydration. That is as a result of excessive chilly. Now, one of many one commonest accidents we see is again and knee accidents associated to shoveling snow.”
Are there steps folks can take earlier than going exterior to shovel?
Dr. Martinez-Silvestrini: “So, one factor to recollect is to drink water, hydrate earlier than going exterior. Carry some gloves and boots, as properly. It’s essential to recollect to decorate correctly, and that features a ton of layers. Additionally, don’t overlook to take breaks and drink a ton of fluids, principally water.”
And typically, we don’t consider that. Are there any tricks to make shoveling protected?
Dr. Martinez-Silvestrini: “Most accidents are resulting from improper mechanics, so don’t overfill the shovel, as a result of it will probably get very heavy, and don’t overlook to bend your knees and toss the snow in entrance of you.”
So, when you do injure your again, what steps must you take?
Dr. Martinez-Silvestrini: “First, make sure that it’s not too slippery, after which, sit down. Don’t overlook to relaxation. Additionally, make sure that to note the indicators of leg and thigh numbness. Name 911 in case you are having urination issues, and different main points. If nothing main, then put some ice on the affected areas, or take some OTC meds. All the time be sure to hearken to your physician.”
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