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Snow-Shoveling Tips to Protect Your Hands and Wrists

Summit hand therapist shares some snow-shoveling tips to help you protect your hands and wrists.

Many snow-shoveling injury prevention tips you’ll find concentrate on reducing risk to your back, your shoulders, or even your heart. But the gripping and lifting necessary to shovel snow can put your hands and wrists at risk of injury, too. From Summit hand therapist Jared Venier, OTR/L, here are some snow-shoveling tips to protect your hands and wrists.

Before concentrating on your hands, get your whole body ready by warming up before tackling snow removal. “It’s such a heavy task, especially here in Minnesota. Joints from head to toe are involved,” said Venier. He recommends starting with a dynamic warm-up, such as a brisk walk or a few jumping jacks.

Snow-shoveling tips to protect your hands and wrists

Summit Orthopedics provides personalized hand and wrist expertise

The function of our hands is integrated through our wrists and arms to our shoulders; a problem anywhere along our arm may have a significant impact on hand function and quality of life. If you experience an injury or uncomfortable symptoms, our fellowship-trained hand and wrist surgeons are here to help. Summit physicians receive the highest levels of training and exclusively provide individualized care for conditions of the hand, wrist, and elbow.

Start your journey to better function and less pain. Find your hand expert, schedule an appointment online, or call us at (651) 968–5201 to schedule a consultation.

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