As temperatures drop, you may notice an ache in your neck or back. Is it the winter weather that is affecting your spine, or is there more to it?

  1. Does where you live matter?
    We have all heard the colder the climate, the more back pain theory. The truth is our bodies adjust to the environment in which we live, so drops in the temperature regardless of how cold may be equally noticeable to those in warmer vs. cooler parts of the country. However, if you reside in a place where you have to shovel snow and navigate icy sidewalks, you certainly have an increased risk of back injuries. Be sure to check out these Winter Spine Hazards & How to Prevent Them.
  2. Does the cold weather cause back pain?
    There is no evidence proving a connection between declining temperatures and back pain. What we do know is that when you are cold, your spine tightens up and becomes less flexible, making the spine more prone to injuries. Back injuries may be avoidable if you keep warm, stretch frequently, and stay active.
  3. Is your exercise routine to blame?
    It can be challenging to maintain your regular workouts in winter, especially if you enjoy exercising outdoors. Getting less exercise due to short, cold days is common. However, avoiding it is one of the worst things you can do for your aching back. Gain energy and manage pain with indoor options to stay active throughout the winter season! This winter may be the perfect time to try something new, like rowing.

It’s time to get a handle on your spine health and live free of pain! However, always check with your physician to see if these tips are safe to follow based on your health history.

If you have back pain or back problems, make an appointment with one of First State Spine’s specialists.