Why Back Pain Gets Worse In Winter

We are now DEEP into winter, a little snow, a lot of cold days, though an end in sight according to the weather forecasts. I am hoping a warming trend sneaks in and remains with us through the end of month and through February.

Often times with these shorter colder days, something that can creep up on you unexpectedly—that is – back pain.

I’ve already started to hear the conversations from patients that they’re experiencing a few aches and pains in their lower back. The type of ache that suddenly gets a bit more annoying, nagging and painful on a daily basis…

Many of my clients talk about having suffered with aches in their lower back for a few months now and report, barely making it through last winter, though once Spring rolled around the debilitating annoying aches minimized. Thinking their problems were over, they get frustrated to feel the aches returning with the cold weather, and more severe than last year.

Because NOTHING was done to address the back issue, it WILL only progress without the proper care, treatment and plan moving forward. It takes more than a few exercises from your MD, or looking up exercises on the internet to get to the root cause of the problem, and deal with it once and for all.

So, along with doing the CORRECT exercises, you HAVE to address the underlying cause of the issue to make positive lasting changes, so you DO NOT to suffer needlessly each year.

Pain medications DO NOT get to the root of the issue, all they do is mask the pain, NOT take it away!

If the above scenario sounds like you, I can assure you, you’re not alone.

In fact, this is something that many men and women aged 40+ come to see us with at the clinic. So what’s one of the reasons why your back pain gets worse around this time of year? Here’s the thing… the long winter months and sustained periods of inactivity can be the root cause of what I call sudden ‘lifelong back pain’.

You see, if your muscles and joints get a long rest in the winter, there’s a chance they will grow weak and stiff by the time spring comes around when you feel like being more active. And, if you’ve not been as active as you were during the spring and summer time when it gets colder, then this could risk your back pain getting even worse!

So, with that in mind here’s a big tip to help you avoid making this mistake: seize any and every opportunity you have during the winter to get active and keep your body moving in order to keep your muscles strong.

  • Wrap up warm and go for a 20 minute walk.
  • Walk with friends and grab a coffee to keep you warm.
  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
  • Set a reminder to move and/or stretch every half hour.

Then if you’re lucky, you’ll be able to avoid wasting time at the doctors office and being given exercises that just don’t work. DO NOT let back pain creep up on you this Winter.

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Dean Volk PT, MPT
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