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As those flakes of wintry precipitation gently glide downwards from the heavens, children across New Jersey stare in wonder and think of all the fun they’ll have on their snow day. However, for adults, the prospect of a few inches of snow can be a major inconvenience.
Nearly 200,000 snow shoveling-related injuries are reported every year in the U.S. Each year, several deaths are even reported due to heart problems exacerbated by shoveling. If you or someone you know begins to feel chest tightness or pain during shoveling, it’s imperative to call 911 or seek medical help as soon as possible.
By far, the most common injuries associated with clearing the walkways is muscle, ligament, tendon, and other soft tissue strains or tears. Of the soft tissue injuries sustained while shoveling snow, lower back injuries lead the pack, making a long bout uncovering your property a recipe for a backache a few hours later.
It’s important to take precautions to ensure that shoveling is as easy on the body as possible. This means putting down salt or other deicing products before a snowfall, and finding a shovel that is easy to use for up to an hour.
In the event of a snow shoveling injury that won’t go away, the pain management specialists at our office near New Brunswick, NJ, can help patients get back on their feet in no time at all. If pain in the back, legs, or neck is the result of shoveling snow it can also be a sign of something more serious than muscle soreness, especially if the pain hangs around for longer than a few hours.
Here at the University Pain Medicine Center, we have a number of tools at our disposal to diagnose back and spine issues including discography, and the expertise of veteran medical professionals. Once the cause of the pain is assessed, our physicians have dozens of treatment options and procedures that they can employ to alleviate the issue.
Unfortunately, shoveling-related injuries affect all age groups from teens to retirees. To learn more about the procedures the neck pain doctors at our office near New Brunswick, NJ can perform to help you find relief from your shoveling-related injury or pain, or what’s available at our other locations, please browse our site, or give us a call at 732-305-8856.