Shoveling InjuryWinter in Minnesota means cold, snow, ice, and lots of shoveling. And if you have recently had a shoveling injury, Caron Chiropractic wants you to know that you can count on us to help you recover from your injury quickly so that you can resume normal activities. We cannot change the Minnesota weather and the chance that you may injure yourself shoveling, but we will help you if you do.

It may be tempting to dismiss a shoveling injury because shoveling is so essential to our life in Minnesota and because it seems to go with the territory. However, shoveling injuries can be every bit as painful, debilitating, and life-interrupting as any other kind of injury. Not convinced yet? Let’s explore some of the possible injuries that can result from shoveling.

Back injuries. Injuring your back while shoveling is probably the most common injury, and your lower back is the most vulnerable part of your back and is most susceptible to these injuries. Shovels are not designed to protect your back. To protect your back, the shovel would need to be much longer, to allow you to do the work while remaining upright. Shoveling requires efficient use of your body’s strongest muscles, which tend to be those of the legs and back, and those muscles do not lift efficiently when fully extended. A shorter shovel allows the job to be completed more efficiently. But it also means that your back is more vulnerable to injury as a result.

Falls. By definition, shoveling snow and ice means that you are operating on treacherous ground. Slipping on slick surfaces can strain muscles, sprain joints, and result in falls. The impact of a fall on a slick surface can bruise soft tissue and fracture bones.

Repetitive motion injury. When snow melts and refreezes into ice, it is tempting to use your shovel to break up the ice so that it is easier to scoop out of the way. Each time you stab at the ice, hundreds of pounds of force are radiating up through the shovel and into your hands, arms, shoulders, and upper back. The results can include carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis, and other soft-tissue injuries.

Recovering after a Shoveling Injury

If you have sustained any kind of injury from shoveling, the team at Caron Chiropractic will be able to help you feel relief from the injuries you have sustained. In addition to spinal rehabilitation, massage therapy, and acupuncture, we can also offer craniosacral therapy, and Arthrostim when appropriate. We will work with you to determine the best treatment options to relieve your pain and return you to full health. Call us at (651) 255-9999 and we will be happy to see you.