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Avoiding Back Injuries While Shoveling Snow

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With a winter blizzard expected to hit New York City this weekend and up to a foot of snow anticipated in much of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, physical therapists at Duke University Medical Center are offering advice on the best ways to avoid potential back injuries from snow shoveling.

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Kurt Brooks, PT, DScPT, in the Department of Physical Therapy & Occupational Therapy, said a variety of injuries can happen if shovelers do not properly prepare themselves for the task.

"When shoveling snow, it is always possible to pull a muscle if you are