Category: Spine | Author: Stefano Sinicropi | Date: January 4, 2021
2020 is officially in the rearview mirror, and while we’re all probably glad about that, the changing of the calendar means it’s also time for another installment of how each month can be hard on your spine. We’ve already explored how August, September, October, November and December can be hard on your spine, and this month we set our sights on January. Below, we explain how the cold month of January can be hard on your spine.
How January Can Be Hard On Your Spine
Here’s a look at some of the ways that the month of January can be a difficult time for your spine.
- New Year, New You – If you’re like most people, you probably have some resolutions in mind for the new year. Health-related resolutions are the most common type of New Year’s resolutions, but you need to be smart about how you go about sticking to these routines. In this blog, we share some spine-related resolutions and some tips about how to prevent new exercise routines or athletic endeavours from contributing to back injuries.
- The Cold Weather – January is typically one of the coldest months of the year in Minnesota, and we don’t expect this year to be any different. The cold weather can actually lead to more back pain flare ups if you’re not careful, which is why we explain the link between cold weather and back pain, and how to prevent the cold from causing problems for your spine in this blog.
- Winter Sporting Activities – The winter season also brings with it some opportunities to partake in some seasonal activities, but these activities can also be tough on your spine. Winter activities like skiing, snowboarding and ice skating can all be hard on your back, especially if you fall on the hard ground. Check out this blog on how winter activities can cause problems for your spine, and how to protect your head and neck when engaging in these activities.
- Vacationing – Are you thinking of ditching this cold weather and heading somewhere tropical? Many Minnesotans head to warmer destinations during the cold winter months, but trying to enjoy your vacation if you have back pain can be difficult. In this blog, we share four tips for taking a vacation while you’re dealing with back pain.
- Mental Health And Your Spine – The holidays are over, the weather remains cold and there are fewer daylight hours, all of which can contribute to the mental health condition known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD). And while SAD doesn’t directly affect your spine, the condition and its increased frequency during January speaks to the importance of caring for your mental health each and every day. In these blogs, we talk a little bit more about how back injuries can affect your mental health and how to deal with the mental side of back pain.
Be sure to come back next month as we take a closer look at how the month of February can be hard on your spine, and if you’re dealing with problematic back pain, reach out to Dr. Sinicropi’s office today.