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By: Amit Dholakia, DO, Pain Management, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, CareMount Medical
November 17, 2020
Every season brings its own set of health woes. Winter is a major culprit wreaking havoc with cold weather, freezing temperatures, and ice and snow that lead to can lead to all sorts of health problems from head to toe and everything in between.
This winter, if you’re spending a lot of time indoors amid the COVID-19 pandemic, you may want to grab your snowshoes, cross country skis or ice skates or just take a walk. And if you’re feeling cooped up inside, you may actually look forward to shoveling snow or chopping through a sheet of ice. As a pain specialist, many of the patients I see during the winter are seeking relief of back pain related to outdoor activity. Slips, falls and lifting heavy wet snow can lead to back sprain (a stretch and/or tear of a ligament) and strain (an injury to either a muscle or a tendon). The resulting acute pain happens suddenly and usually lasts a few days to a few weeks.
There are safety precautions you can take, though, to guard your health and prevent injury.