Shoveling can be a pain

If you woke up this morning without any aches and pains from shoveling, don't be lulled into a false sense of may still feel the effects.

WDEL's Carl Kanefsky explains.

You may have expected an aching back or sore knees after digging out from almost a foot of snow, but if you're lucky enough to feel pretty good today, you may not be out of the woods.

Tom Windley, co-owner of Premier Physical Therapy and Sports Performance, says the effects from shoveling may take a while to crop up.

"A lot of times, people will have those incidents, and they'll kind of wait it out and see if it goes away on their own," Windley says. "And it usually comes in the very beginning of the spring when people start getting out and moving around again, and they can't do the things that they like to do, because of whatever happened over the winter. That's when they usually come seek our services," said Windley.

Windley says physical therapists will see the more traumatic types of weather related injuries this time of year.

"A lot of the falls, and the slips on the ice, or car accidents, or work injuries associated with it as well, it makes everybody's life a little more difficult, and you're more at risk for the traumatic type of injury from a fall or an accident, so we do see quite a bit of those this time of year," Windley said.

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