Why Does Your Back Pain Act Up More in the Colder Months?

Are you feeling the effects of the cold weather already — especially in the lower back area? If so, you are certainly not alone. Back pain sufferers have long complained that their back pain gets worse when it’s cold outside. Unfortunately, very few studies have shown direct causation. The most well-defined results have come in studies on people with arthritis.

However, this is not to say that your back pain isn’t real. James K. Kaufman, MD of Fort Worth, Texas often sees a long list of patients this year, and many will complain that their back pain has worsened. This could be in part due to the fact that raking leaves and shoveling snow can exacerbate back pain. In addition to that, more people stay indoors this time of year and spend their time sitting, which again could worsen the condition.

If you feel that your back pain has worsened, there are some home treatments you could try. Everything from applying a warm towel to affected area to soaking in a heated indoor pool may help. However, if your pain continues to increase, be sure to speak with a spine professional in your area to rule out conditions that may be causing the pain.