Tips for Dealing with Chronic Pain in Cold Weather

Tips for Dealing with Chronic Pain in Cold Weather

While pain is always – well painful – cold weather can cause additional issues and amplify what you are feeling. Here we look at ways to keep your pain management plan on track during the colder days and nights and how to continue to find the relief that you are seeking year-round.

Don’t sit still: There is nothing like cuddling up with a blanket, a good book and relaxing when it is cold and blustery outside. But not staying active can cause your pain relief plan to become stalled. You need to remain active and keep your joints moving and blood pumping. If an exercise plan is part of your pain management strategy, do not stop during the cold weather months. Also, keep up with your physical therapy to keep your body moving properly.

Layers upon layers: When you venture outside to run errands, daily activities or for an adventure, do not neglect how important it is to dress warmly and properly for the conditions. Layers help you be prepared for any shifts in weather and keep winter gear stowed in your car in case it chills off when you are not around. Cold joints can just add to any feelings of chronic pain, neck pain, back pain, arthritis and more.

Limber up: Stretching is a vital component of staying active during the winter. When you sit more or do not move around as much as you may when it is nicer out, your muscles and joints will get more easily stiff and sore. Keep up any prescribed stretches or ask our team at Pain Control Associates for advice on how to stay limber and keep your muscles and joints stretched out.

Get the proper perspective: With shorter days, less sunshine and early sunsets, it can be hard to keep yourself mentally motivated. Staying on track can be hard, but it is so essential to remaining pain-free or as pain-free as possible. Your pain management strategy needs to be followed and maintained year-round and season after season for the most benefits.

Our Physicians Understand Pain

Our team of physicians decided to focus only on pain as we understand how much it can affect your life. We work with patients that are facing a range of issues and conditions. If you have chronic pain, neck pain, back pain, sports injury, neuropathy, arthritis, slipped disc, inflammation and more, we will work directly with you until we find a plan that will work. We approach every patient with a customized mindset and approach to treatment. Our team may recommend starting physical therapy, behavior modification, medication, meditation, electrical stimulation, psychotherapy, relaxation techniques and possibly surgery. We will always discuss your options with you and work together on what you can fully embrace and what will work the best for your pain. 

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