Thursday, January 15, 2015

Keep Your Back Healthy this Winter

Spine-Health newsletter - January 9, 2015

Cold weather and slippery conditions bring their own set of challenges to the body and your back. With winter in full swing, it’s time to think about how to keep your back healthy while dealing with a common cold-weather activity: shoveling snow. Learn how to approach this household chore safely to prevent straining and back injury.

Featured Article:
Snow Shoveling Techniques to Prevent Low Back Injuries

Preventing Winter Sports Injuries
Outdoor activities can be an excellent way to get some fresh air and exercise during the long, chilly winter months, but the cold temperatures and icy surfaces can also lead to more injuries. Learn tips to keep having fun while minimizing injury risk. Learn more...

Skiing and Back Pain
While skiing and snowboarding are more likely to result in injuries to the knee or upper body, the stress on the lower back can also produce or worsen a lower back condition. Learn tips for preventing skiing-related back pain. Learn more...

7 Winter Sleeping Tips for Chronic Pain
While it may be preferable to gather under a pile of warm blankets and hibernate during the winter months, getting to sleep is often still a problem for bad sleepers and for patients dealing with persistent back and neck pain. Learn more...

Lower Back Strain Video
Lower back strain is acute pain caused by damage to the muscles and ligaments of the back. It is often referred to as a pulled muscle. Learn more about the muscles affected by and symptoms of lower back strain. Start watching...

Could a Compression Spinal Fracture be Causing your Back Pain?
If you're a female over the age of 50, an osteoporosis patient, a cancer patient, used steroids or other drugs for a prolonged time, or have low bone mineral density, your risk for a spine fracture is increased. Also, individuals that already have a compression spine fracture(s) are 3-5 times more likely to experience another fracture within the next twelve months.

Visit our new education center to learn more about vertebral body compression fractures of the spine.

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