If you are like most people, you prefer a warm sunny day to one with low temperatures, rain, snow and other forms of precipitation. However, the warm summer weather has the potential to wreak havoc on your body.
You will undoubtedly be out and about during the warm months. From exercising to family get-togethers and chores around the house, it seems like there is always something to do outside. Just make sure you're taking care of your back!
Let's take a look at how you can avoid potentially debilitating back pain this summer.
Mind Your Back
One of the best ways to prevent back pain is to be mindful of its potential. Sure, you might not feel any pain as you do yard work around the house or play tennis, but those aches might rear their ugly heads in the hours or days after your outdoor activity. You can prevent extensive and intense pain by keeping your back in mind during each physical activity.
Don't embark on a car trip that will require you to sit still for hours on end. If you are planning on taking a vacation, do not book a room at a cheap hotel with a low-end mattress. Furthermore, be mindful of the types of summertime activities you engage in. Anything from dodgeball with the kids to gardening can negatively impact your back.
Reconsider those Water Sports
Activities on the water are notorious for causing back pain. Sure, a day on the lake is the perfect way to offset the heat, but the truth is wakeboarding, surfing, tubing and other water sports can cause some nasty back pain. Think twice before participating in water sports to ensure that they don't pose too much of a threat to your sensitive back.
Wear Back Support
All it takes is one day of going all out on a home renovation project or athletic event to put you back in bed with a bad back. Consider wearing back support during these activities so that your back does not give out.
Do not be afraid to take breaks during your warm weather activities. Ease into each project or sport after extensive stretching and other light exercises, then gradually immerse yourself in the activity. Give yourself periodic breaks to re-stretch your back muscles or simply catch your breath.
Capital City Neurosurgery
Your back pain does not mean that you have to live a boring life void of physical activity and fun. On the contrary, a little bit of preparation and caution will allow you to participate in the majority of summertime activities without suffering excessive pain or an injury.
If your back pain does become burdensome, do not panic. Help is available through Capital City Neurosurgery. Reach out to us today to schedule a meeting with our neurosurgeon to discuss treatment options, including minimally invasive spinal surgery.