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3 Things to do if you get sudden back pain this Winter

Back pain has a higher probability of arising in the colder months.  Do you have recent sudden back pain after shovelling snow or simply just being out in the cold for long periods?  Does this pain feel like it is not going away?

If you have felt recent back pain, make sure you do these three things:

  1. Take a break from regular physical activity for the first few days so your symptoms can begin to decrease. After a few days off, begin your usual activities but avoid heavy lifting and twisting for at least 4-6 weeks.
  2. Apply heat or ice to the painful area a few times per day. After the first few days, most people seem to do better with heat but this is highly individual. ALSO, make sure you stretch two to three times a day but ensure that you don’t over-stretch and inflame your joints. Start easy and increase the amount of stretching each day gradually.
  3. If you are a side sleeper, sleep in the fetal position, with a pillow between your legs. Back sleepers should tuck a pillow or a rolled up towel under their knees.  This will help to relieve pressure on the back.

Everyone’s back’s pain is different in terms of specific cause and aggravating factors.  Don’t rely on google searches to get a one fits all recipe on curing your back issue. Ensure you seek the proper advice from your chiropractor or physiotherapist based on a thorough assessment of your movements and structures.

Wishing you a pain free winter!

Queen West Physiotherapy & Acupuncture