Now that August is nearly over, people are turning their attention to the arrival of fall in Colorado. This means shorter days and cooler weather, and while some people will be on the couch watching football, others will be out raking leaves. No matter what you’re doing this autumn, it’s important to take care of your back. If you’ve experienced back pain in the past, it’s imperative to safeguard against strain and injury, especially during this time of the year. At the Colorado Spine Institute (CSI) in Loveland, we can provide proper treatment when you need it.
As the temps cool a bit, you may have a desire to spend some more time outside. You might be getting the yard ready for winter, or you may be playing a pick-up football game with friends and family. Whatever the case may be, taking precautions against injury can make the season much more enjoyable. If you’re going to be raking leaves, make sure you have the proper tools for the job. If your rake has broken tines or isn’t the proper length, you can increase your risk for injury as you twist and bend. You’ll also want to make sure you have the proper shoes on so that you have adequate support as you walk around the yard.
Fall sports can also be fun, and if you’re participating in that neighborhood game of touch football, make sure you’re listening to your body. If it’s telling you that running, throwing, and catching might be a bad idea, it might be best to pass on this game and watch from the sidelines. Injuries can happen from even the smallest of falls or collisions, and a friendly game can go south quickly if you hurt your back trying to make a catch.
On the other side of the coin, there are those who see fall as a chance to relax and spend more time inside. They’ve been active all summer, and now that the weather is cooling off, they’re going to turn on the furnace and catch up on their favorite TV shows. This can mean a lot of time sitting on the couch in an unnatural position (aka “lounging”) and prolonged inactivity such as this can lead to back pain. If you had an outdoor exercise routine during the spring and summer, such as running or walking, do what you can to bring that exercise inside. Perhaps invest in a treadmill or join a gym for the fall where you can work out inside until warmer weather returns.
Watch Your Diet
Another factor that contributes to back pain during autumn is a change in diet. As people become more sedentary, they can also change what they eat on a regular basis. Some people take on a “hibernation” mentality as they stock up for the colder months, and being inside means it’s easier to make and enjoy more food. Weight gain can contribute to back problems, and as the holidays approach, it’s important to consider what and how much you’re eating each day.
In the end, it’s up to you how active or inactive you are this fall, as well as what your diet will look like. If you’re worried about chronic back pain or you’ve been experiencing discomfort for some time now, make an appointment with CSI in Loveland today. We can properly diagnose your pain and recommend the best treatment to get you back on your feet and living the life you want.