February And Your Spine
Category: Back Pain | Author: Stefano Sinicropi
January is in the books, and that means our calendars are now turning to February. This means it’s time for another installment of our monthly look at how each month of the year can challenge your spine. We’ve already examined how August, September, October, November, December and January can be tough on your spine, and now we take a look at February. Below, we explain how February can be hard on your spine.
The Challenges February Presents For Your Spine
Although it is the shortest month of the year, don’t assume that February will be easy on your spine. Here’s a look at how the cold month of February can be hard on your back.
- Valentine’s Day – When you think of February, you probably think of Valentine’s Day. And while the holiday itself may not put your spine at direct risk of injury, there is a significant connection between your spine health and your heart heart that should be understood. Also, it’s worth noting that if you indulge in a lot of chocolate and other sweets, it can have ramifications for your spine health if you gain weight, so don’t buy too many chocolates this Valentine’s Day!
- Inactivity – The holidays are in the rearview mirror but the cold weather remains, and considering we’re still dealing with a pandemic, that can be a recipe for staying inside and being rather sedentary. Being inactive for long periods over an extended stretch of time can have negative health consequences for our spine. You may be leaving the house less in February, but you should still carve out time for indoor exercises to help strengthen your spine.
- Basketball Injuries – The winter weather has pushed athletics indoors, and while COVID-19 is changing how high schools conduct athletics, February is typically when basketball season is hitting its stride. Basketball players young and old need to know how to protect their spines against injury and how to treat and pain that develops. Those are the focal points of this blog on spine injuries during basketball.
- Recurrent Back Pain – Do you ever feel like you’re living the plot of Groundhog’s Day, dealing with the same back pain each and every day? For some people, that’s a reality they live with. Don’t keep doing the same things and expecting different results. If you’re dealing with recurrent back pain, consider checking out this blog post about putting an end to your chronic spine pain.
- Reading and Text Neck – If you are limited by the weather and the coronavirus, you might be like a lot of people and spend more leisure time with a good book or your kindle. Reading can be a great hobby, but it can also be hard on your neck if you’re not careful. For more information about keeping your posture in line while you’re reading, check out this blog on the subject.
That’s all that we want to cover in February! Swing back in next month when we explore how March can cause madness for your spine. And if you are dealing with nagging back or neck pain, reach out to Dr. Sinicropi and his team for more information or to set up an appointment.