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Snow shoveling is a repetitive activity that can cause muscle strain in the lower back and shoulders. Physical therapists suggest that you wait until the afternoon to shovel because your chances of injury are greater in the morning when there is more fluid pressure in the disc. Also, lift smaller loads and bend your knees as you lift, so your legs are taking the load, not your back. Helpful Hints and Tips from the Therapists at Lamarco Physical Therapy and the American Physical Therapy Association.