Winter injuries are quite common and can affect people of any age. At Chiropractic Partners, serving Raleigh, Wake Forest, Garner, Durham, Cary, Clayton, and Fuquay-Varina our team provides non-invasive and drug-free chiropractic care for anyone looking for relief from their winter woes.
Common Injuries Sustained During the Cold Winter Months
Know the risk! These are a few of the most common winter-related injuries evaluated, diagnosed, and treated by our Raleigh chiropractors:
- Shoulder and back muscle strains due to snow shoveling: poor body mechanics and overuse can easily lead to damage to the fibers within your muscles. This type of injury is often described as sore and achy, and the affected muscles may be tender to touch.
- Ligament sprains and joint misalignments due to slipping on ice: slips, trips, and falls can shock your body and easily twist, pull, or strain ligaments, vertebral joints, and other connective tissues. Along with pain, people may experience swelling and stiffness.
- Plantar fasciitis and tendonitis due to snowshoeing, skiing, and ice skating: while it's fun to be active outdoors in winter, we caution against doing too much too soon. Winter sports can easily lead to overuse injuries if you're not adequately prepared for participation (which includes proper warm-up, appropriate equipment, and sufficient training).
- Whiplash and post-concussive syndrome due to car accidents: even minor fender benders with speeds as low as 10 miles per hour can impose high amounts of force and tension on our spines, causing neck pain and stiffness, jaw dysfunction, headaches, difficulty sleeping, and other symptoms.
Helpful Tips from Our Raleigh Chiropractors On How to Avoid Winter Injuries
First thing's first: get natural pain relief by consulting with one of our chiropractors! "Waiting out" an injury may just cause a small nagging injury to devolve into a more serious and/or recurring problem.
Use good body mechanics when shoveling
Whenever possible, push snow rather than lift, avoid excessive twisting, and remember to bend your knees, not your back.
Take precautions to avoid falls
Use non-toxic deicing agents around your sidewalks and driveways, always hold onto railings when negotiating outdoor stairs. Avoid walking on ice whenever possible, but if you must, take short steps and hold your arms out in a T for counterbalance. Wearing sturdy boots will help.
Our bodies need adequate water and nutrients to keep our immune systems strong and our connective tissues healthy and pliable.
Call Chiropractic Partners Today To Schedule an Appointment!
Are you prepared for the winter season? From chiropractic adjustments to massage therapy, we've got what you need to stay healthy all winter long. Contact Chiropractic Partners today to schedule your no-charge initial consultation. You may also message our Corporate Manager on our Facebook Page.