Adamec Chiropractic News

Reducing Your Risk Of Cold Weather Related Injury
December 4th, 2017 2:56 pm

With winter finally here in full swing, the cold weather, snow, and ice bring with it the need to be cautious when venturing outside. From muscle strains and spasms to whiplash and herniated discs, cold weather related injuries are a serious problem. At Adamec Chiropractic, we stress two important strategies: first, taking the proper precautions to avoid cold weather injuries; and second, treating injuries as soon as possible to prevent complications down the road.

The statistics speak for themselves. Every year, more than half a million people in America are treated for cold weather related injuries. Falls from skiing, snowboarding and ice skating to the physical strain put on the body from sledding or snowmobiling cause a wide range of injuries to the body including: the knees, ankles, shoulders, back, head, and neck. While some of these injuries are unavoidable – the good news is that many of them are by taking the proper steps to prevent injury.

Whether it’s hitting the slopes or shoveling the driveway, it’s important to understand how the the body reacts to cold weather. Similar to how the body produces sweats in the summer to stay cool, when the temperature drops, the body’s muscles and blood vessels to contract to conserve body heat resulting in a reduction in flexibility. When the body’s tight, the risk of injury increases. Dr. Adamec works with patients everyday developing warm-up, stretching, and conditioning programs to help his patients’ bodies react better to the cold. Backed by research, these custom designed programs significantly decrease the chance of injury when performing physical activities during the winter months.

Unfortunately, no matter how careful you are, accidents and injuries do happen. Treating injuries as soon as possible is just as critical as taking preventative steps to avoid injury. Slipping and falling on ice can cause the vertebrae in the spine to go out of alignment, which can be very painful. Pain medication will only mask the pain – it does nothing to treat the spinal misalignment. Far too often, an acute injury like a herniated disc becomes chronic, because the underlying cause is never treated. However, a chiropractic spinal adjustment will not only treat the pain – which research has shown to be more effective at managing pain than narcotic pain medication – but it will also re-align the vertebrae which can prevent scar tissue and further damage from occurring.

Dr. Adamec takes this same approach to preexisting injuries. Pain is the body’s way of telling us that something is wrong. Performing any type of outdoor physical activity during the winter months when you’re in pain can be a recipe for disaster. One minute you’re shoveling the driveway – and the next – you’re in the emergency room. Chiropractic adjustments and therapy will address these preexisting issues and put the body in proper alignment.

Call our office today to learn more about how chiropractic care can prevent and manage cold weather injury.

Read our news post about tips for shoveling snow