If you suffer from arthritis in your back, the winter weather is going to cause you pain and discomfort. Unfortunately, that's the truth whether you live in a mildly cold region, or a bitter cold region. Once the temperatures dip, your back is going to let you know about it. Luckily, there are some steps you can take to alleviate some of the cold-weather pain you'll experience this winter. In addition to the treatment plan your doctor has you on, here are some simple tricks you can use to protect your back.
Always Dress Warmly
When the weather gets cold, dressing warmly is the best thing you can do for your back. Once your back gets cold, you increase your chances of developing muscle, joint, and bone pain. If you're going to be heading out in the cold, be sure to dress in multiple layers. This will allow you to remove a couple layers if you start getting warm, without exposing your back to the chilly weather. If you're going to be staying in the house, you should still keep warm. If you feel your back getting cold, apply a heating pad to the area.
Wear the Right Shoes
When you're walking outside in the snow or ice, you run the risk of falling. Unfortunately, falling on a hard surface, such as the sidewalk or driveway, can seriously injure your back. That's the last thing you want when you're already suffering from back ailments. You can reduce your chances of falling this winter by wearing the right shoes. Ensure that your shoes have rubber soles, and that they're designed to be slip-resistant. If you suffer from arthritis in your feet, be sure your winter shoes provide additional insulation. The cold can cause foot pain too.
Get Some Exercise
When it gets too cold to go outside, many people stop exercising. That's the worst thing you can do when you have arthritis. Your back needs to remain flexible if you're going to avoid pain. While you're stuck inside, make sure you continue to get plenty of exercise. Try walking around your home for about 30 minutes a day, or gently stretching your muscles. If the weather allows, head to the local mall and walk around there several times a week. You'll get the exercise you need while staying safe and warm.
See a Doctor
Winter can be a particularly difficult time when you suffer from arthritis. Don't let winter pain get you down. If your pain becomes so severe that you can no longer control it with your normal treatment plan, be sure to see a back specialist near you.
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