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Shovel Again? Protect Your Spine and Joints

Dr. Jacobson demonstrates how to shovel correctly.

  1. Keep your arms close to your body and use your core for strength and stability.
  2. Make small scoops, especially with heavy, wet snow.
  3. Avoid throwing snow great distances. Instead, push the snow.
  4. Pace yourself. Shoveling is cardio and strength training rolled into one.
  5. Purchase a good shovel, one that allows for a hand grip closer to the shovel head for better lifting.
Thoracic Fracture
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Thoracic Fracture

Thoracic fractures can be extremely painful, particularly if there is displacement of bone fragments or injury to surrounding soft tissues. Delayed treatment of thoracic fractures can increase the risk of complications such as spinal instability, deformity, nerve damage, and paralysis. All of which may be permanent and irreversible. In the

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