Don’t Let the Holidays Be a Pain

The change of season brings with it more than just a change of the weather.  Fall and winter are often thought of as being characterized by generous spirits, family gatherings and outdoor decorations.  Unfortunately it’s not all fun and games.  A 2012 survey by the American Osteopathic Association revealed an astounding 90% of Americans over the age of 45 experience pain due to at least 1 holiday or winter activity.  The most obvious sources of pain include slip and fall accidents on icy surfaces (80%) along with the general worsening of fibromyalgia, arthritis and other pre-existing conditions brought on by the colder temperatures.  Pain can also arise from many seemingly innocent activities such as shopping (14%), traveling (14%) and even wrapping presents (7%).  Amid the hustle and bustle of the season, the survey also revealed that the majority prefer to focus on holiday and family activities as opposed to seeking treatment. 

 There are many elements that we cannot control with regard to the holiday season, but some we can.  Patients should be encouraged to include self-care in their holiday plans.  Proper rest, good nutrition and chiropractic care can help patient’s limit or altogether avoid the pain that often accompanies the winter months.  Continuing regular care will help reduce the effects of chronic issues.  Likewise, getting proper treatment soon after an injury, rather than waiting for weeks, may reduce the chances of a condition getting worse or becoming chronic, and ultimately serve to lower the overall pain that the person endures.

SOURCE: “Survey Reveals Causes of Holiday Pain”      Posted on December 18, 2012 in Diseases & Conditions