General back pain can be challenging to manage because it’s often non-specific and could result from a variety of conditions. During the winter in the Northeast, snow shoveling can be a contributing factor.
If you’re experiencing back pain from shoveling or another activity, it’s important to rest – don’t overexert the injury. For acute pain, over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications are effective and physical therapy exercises will aid the healing muscles too.
Should your symptoms worsen and you have difficulty walking, sitting or standing, you may have a more serious issue and should contact your medical professional to discuss.
– Cindy Peterson, Executive Director, Brigham and Women’s/Mass General Health Care Center