Staying Healthy in Winter Weather

By: 10/11 News Email
By: 10/11 News Email

City ordinance requires property owners to clear snow and ice from sidewalks by 9 a.m. the day following the end of the snow storm. That means a lot of people were digging out Wednesday, a tiring activity they might not be used to.

When shoveling snow, you are at risk of frost bite and injury.

Doctor Dale Michels with Lincoln Family Medical Group says you should take your time clearing the driveway he says to do a little, go inside to warm up, then come back out to finish.

If you feel numbness in your fingers or nose, it's a sign of frost bite. Michels say to go inside and slowing warm the affected area.

Shoveling snow can also put some people at risk of a heart attack.

"They will go out, work hard and then they start getting a pain in their chest that will go up into their neck or out into their arms. That's one of those things, don't keep... oh I've only got a little more to do. Go in, get it taken care of, take an aspirin and if the pain persists, make sure you call 911," Michels said.

Removing snow is often to blame for back issues.

Chiropractic Doctor Paula Wiese says to take it easy in winter weather. Cold muscles combined with strenuous activity can quickly lead to injury. Before heading out, she says to make sure you are bundled up and warm.

If you are shoveling snow, Wiese says to use proper form, lifting with your legs, not your back.

Running outside real quick for the mail can also be very dangerous. It's all too easy to lose your balance on an icy sidewalk. Wiese has advice if you fall.

"First and foremost make sure you can get up. If you can get up, ice. Ice would be my very first recommendation because that gets ride of pain, inflammation and swelling," Wiese said. "After that, if you can get up, move around but it still feels like you are having pain there, I would seek out a chiropractor first because they correct misalignment."

Sledding is definitely fun for the kids and even the parents who join in. But, Wiese says back injuries and whiplash is a very real danger for bodies that aren't used to the jarring and jumping of a toboggan.

Wiese says it's not uncommon to notice back pain even a week after a fall or shoveling snow.


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