July 6, 2017 – Gardening can be a pain-free hobby for people living with arthritis—all you need is a little planning and creativity..
June 1, 2017 – With any type of medical condition, a loss of independence can lead to growing feelings of depression. People living with age-related macular degeneration experience a gradual erosion of their independence as failing eyesight makes simple tasks such as navigating their homes or reading medicine bottles quite difficult.
May 17, 2017 – Forward head, slumping shoulders, tilted pelvis. Sound like the Hunchback of Notre Dame in 15th-century Paris?
Maybe, or just your average Joe and Jane glued to their cellphones and computer monitors in 21st-century Washington or just about anywhere in the world.
April 28, 2017 – Illinois dad Cole Thomas walked out of rehab seven months after a car crash left him paralyzed.
“On my way to work with a fully loaded work truck, I had a deer run out in front me and I swerved into the ditch and once I tried to get it back up on the road I over-corrected and we rolled off the opposite side of the road,” Thomas, 34, of Rochelle, told ABC News. “While we were rolling my seat belt came off. I heard a click and felt a flap in front of my face and then I got thrown around like a rag doll.”
Snow shoveling is a repetitive activity that can cause muscle strain to the lower back and shoulders. Back injuries due to snow shoveling are more likely to happen to people who may not know that they are out of condition. Following these tips can help you avoid injuries:
- Lift smaller loads of snow, rather than heavy shovelfuls. Be sure to take care to bend your knees and lift with your legs rather than your back.
- Use a shovel with a shaft that lets you keep your back straight while lifting. A short shaft will cause you to bend more to lift the load. Using a shovel that’s too long makes the weight at the end heavier. Step in the direction in which you are throwing the snow to prevent the low back from twisting. This will help prevent “next-day back fatigue.”
- Avoid excessive twisting because the spine cannot tolerate twisting as well as it can tolerate other movements. Bend your knees and keep your back as straight as possible so that you are lifting with your legs.
- Take frequent breaks when shoveling. Stand up straight and walk around periodically to extend the lower back.
- Backward bending exercises while standing will help reverse the excessive forward bending of shoveling: stand straight and tall, place your hands toward the back of your hips, and bend backwards slightly for several seconds.
- If you or anyone you know is experiencing back pain, consult a licensed physical therapist.
Visit one of Prairie Rehabilitation’s 14 outpatient clinics, conveniently located just for you.