Winter weather is right around the corner, so it is time to pull out the old snow shovel and get moving! Shoveling snow is no easy task; burning up to 230 calories every half hour is hard. Afterward, your body is tired and sore, making you feel stiff later in the day. To combat discomfort, Saint Alphonsus Rehabilitation Services has experienced physical therapists on staff to help!

After spending part of the Idaho winter hunched over a shovel, neck pain can become a reoccurring issue. To decrease pain, STARS’ physical therapists will review your symptoms, evaluate the neck, and diagnose the source of the pain. In some cases, neck pain can stem directly from the neck; however, it can also stem from the back, a weak core, osteoarthritis, and degenerative disc diseases in the body. Once the source of pain has been diagnosed, they will look at your posture, alignment, and range of motion to decide the next best course of treatment. This could include manual therapy, adjustments, and targeted key exercises.

We don’t have much snow yet in the Treasure Valley, but on average, the Boise area gets around 18 inches a year, enough to require multiple trips outside to clear the sidewalks and driveways. While shoveling snow may warrant a few complaints due to the time it takes to complete the task, you shouldn’t worry about injury. But, if you are experiencing pain or stiffness in your back or neck, call STARS to schedule an appointment with an experienced physical therapist. Soon, you’ll walk around with your head held high as you gaze upon your pristinely shoveled walkways.