S’now Joke! Winter is Tough on Lower Backs and Discs.

It’s been a difficult winter for many of us; snow and icy sidewalks can create stress, strain, and wear and tear on your spine. Things such as improper lifting, poor posture, inactivity, or various mechanical issues can help contribute to the issue. Additionally, certain conditions like sciatica, arthritis, and cancer of the spinal cord, can lead to lower back or disc pain.

Unlike our ancestors, you don’t have to suffer through it.  There are several methods you can use to treat your pain. Applying cold applications to your lumbar region can help with inflammation and swelling. Heat therapy can stimulate blood flow back to the area. Remember to wrap the cold applications and heat, and do not use these treatments for more than 20 minutes at a time to prevent damage to your skin.

While dealing with a lower back injury, exhibit regular movement to help loosen tense muscles. Staying active at work and home can also help prevent additional injuries. It’s crucial to exhibit proper posture when sitting, standing, and sleeping to help your back heal after injury. Moreover, you should consistently display proper lifting techniques, especially when handling a heavy snow or carrying loads.

And of course, regular maintenance with adjustments to your spine will help. Those experiencing long-lasting or recurring back pain typically feel great improvement shortly after beginning treatment.

If you’re experiencing lower back and disc pain, contact us to make an appointment.