How To Have A Happy Halloween With Spine Pain
Category: Back Pain | Author: Stefano Sinicropi | Date: October 31, 2017
Halloween can be a fun night for kids and parents alike, but if you’re not careful, back pain can leave you walking like the undead. However, if you plan ahead, you can help keep back pain at bay and have a fun-filled night. Today, we share a few tips for having a happy Halloween if you’re dealing with back pain.
Incorporate Back Pain Into Your Costume
If your back pain causes you to hobble or slouch, consider finding a costume that plays into your pain. Be a hunched over zombie or wear a back brace and go as Frankenstein. Use your back pain as a prop, not a disability! Also, if back pain is affecting your ability to stand straight or walk without pain, be sure to set up an appointment with Dr. Sinicropi in early November!
Use Anti-Inflammatories Before Pain Develops
If you take anti-inflammatory medications when pain is already at its worst, they aren’t going to be able to do a lot for your pain in the short term. Since you know you’re going to have a long night handing out candy, accompanying your child around the neighborhood or heading to a Halloween party, take an anti-inflammatory agent before activity starts so you can stay ahead of pain. However, be smart about taking medications if you’re planning on drinking alcohol later.
Whether you’re going around the neighborhood or handing out candy, make sure you’re comfortable during the process. Instead of opening the door and bending over every time someone comes to your door, set up a comfy chair on your stoop and let the kids come to you. If you’re going to be walking around the neighborhood, make sure you choose a cushioned and supportive pair of shoes to take some pressure off your spine.
If you’re going to be outside for a while, make sure you are dressed for the weather. If you’re cold, blood won’t flow as easily to your spine and the nearby tissues, which can contribute to the onset of back pain. Pack an extra sweater or incorporate some extra layers into your Halloween costume.
Avoid A Bunch Of Sugar
Finally, try to avoid eating a bunch of candy on Halloween. It’s easier said than done, but excess sugar can contribute to the development of inflammation in your spine, which can lead to pain. Limit yourself to a couple of snacks, and your body will thank you for it.