The Wall Street Journal—February 17, 2014
"He herniated a disc," Dr. Cammisa reported. "He said, 'I felt something go in my back.'"
The physician said proper technique is paramount: "All the effort should be from bending your legs and knees and using your core strength rather than just trying to use your arms."
He also suggested using one of those ergonomic shovels with pushing capability—the kind with the bent handle and nonstick scoop. "It's already angled in the proper position, so you're using your pelvis, quads and glutes rather than keeping you straight and bending forward at your waist. That's going to put a stress on your back," he said.
This story originally appeared at wsj.com.