Monday, December 31, 2012

Pain Culprits in Wintertime

The changing of seasons brings with it new weather, holidays, sports and scenery. Unfortunately, it also brings new sources of pain.

Certain pain culprits seem to align with the changing of fall into winter. While some seem to be out of our control, many wintertime pain culprits are avoidable. Although you can’t change the weather, you can change how you deal with the situations it brings.

Pain Culprit #1: Pain from Holiday Traveling

During this time of year, more and more families are piling into cars to make the long trips to see loved ones for the holidays. Being cramped in a small car for hours can have negative effects on the body, particularly the spine. When your body is in a sitting position for a long time, it can lead to increased stress on the tissues that support your spine, along with muscle tension and fatigue, pressure among the discs in your vertebrae and joint strain.

Pain Culprit #2: Headaches Triggered by Weather Changes

Recently when the National Headache Foundation conducted a survey among headache sufferers, 75 percent reported that weather triggered their headache pain. These weather triggers include:

  • Humidity changes
  • Temperature changes
  • Storms
  • Extremely dry conditions
  • Dusty environments

Winter season brings with it drastic temperature changes, varying humidity levels and extremely dry air. For some people, this means more headaches.

Pain Culprit #3: Shoveling Snow

For those who live in areas impacted by snow in the winter, shoveling can often lead to soreness or injuries resulting in severe back pain. Lifting heavy snow in a shovel, bending over for extended periods of time and using so many muscles can put stress on the body, making it more susceptible to muscle tension, aches, pains, fatigue and injury. Shoveling snow can even lead to serious conditions, like herniated discs or disc degeneration.

How to Avoid Wintertime Pain

Although there’s nothing you can do about the weather changes, there are ways you can proactively work to prevent pain this winter. While traveling, make frequent stops to get out of the car, stretch and walk around. Try not to sit in one position for too long. While shoveling snow, make sure you’re taking breaks, staying hydrated and pacing yourself to avoid any injury from pushing yourself too far.

Wintertime is here and you can’t avoid it. You can, however, avoid experiencing pain this season. For more information on avoiding pain, explore the pain treatments offered by the spine pain specialists at Capstone Pain & Spine Center today.

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