Winter in Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan is a time unlike any other. Snow covers our trees and fills our streets, making for some of the most picturesque panoramas imaginable. But with these beautiful surroundings also come shorter days and unpredictable weather — which can take a toll on our bodies.

Although pleasing to the eye, the reality of having to shovel your driveway the morning after a snowstorm is a pain in the back — literally. And if you’re not careful, an improper twist, turn or lift could cause an injury.

Josh Brellenthin is a Team Leader Sports Medicine & Orthopedic Business Development at Bellin Health.