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Spring is in the air! The sun is out, birds are chirping and heavy coats are finally able to be tossed aside. Many people begin to trek back outside and resume outdoor activities once the weather warms up. While sunny days are a welcome change from the gloominess of winter, it also can usher in seasonal joint and back pain. Here we examine how springtime can contribute to the pain you may be experiencing, and what you can do to prevent it.
Seasonal Back Pain
When springtime rolls around, most individuals are thrilled to venture back outside. Unfortunately, spring also brings an increase in pollen counts, which many people are allergic to. Symptoms may range from sneezing or stuffiness, to joint, back, or neck pain, coughing, irritated eyes and even labored breathing.
Why Do People Feel Back Pain During the Spring?
Pollen is a common seasonal allergy that may lead to back pain, but there are other allergens, as well. Grass, ragweed, and mold are also popular seasonal allergy triggers. In fact, a rainy spring can cause an increase in mold, due to the rapid growth rate of grasses and plants. In the event of spring following a mild winter, early plant pollination may occur and continue well into the summer months. All of this will affect allergy sufferers, which may then prompt inflammation and back pain.
Beyond allergies, being outside more and increasing activity through exercise, exterior home maintenance, and yard work, can all put a strain on the back. Overexerting yourself can place tension on muscles and ligaments that haven’t been worked in a while. This additional stress can lead to backaches, pain, and even injury.
Changes in temperature, humidity, and air pressure also occur throughout the spring and summer months. These environmental fluctuations may also be causing or contributing to your back pain.
How Seasonal Allergies Contribute To Back Pain
If you are a seasonal allergy sufferer, you know the misery that can ensue once your allergies start acting up. Allergies occur when your body’s immune system negatively reacts to something you have been exposed to. While people can be allergic to all sorts of things, like pet hair or certain foods, the most common culprit is environmental allergies.
Allergies place additional strain on the body, as the immune system works overtime to address the increased inflammation that is triggered. When portions of the body become inflamed, this leads to overall body aches and pain. Not to mention, constant coughing and sneezing that allergies often generate, result in headaches, back or neck pain.
Tips On How To Avoid Springtime Back Pain
Tip # 1
Everyone loves a good spring cleaning, but try to ease into the big clean-up. Digging, clipping, mowing, and tidying up around your home places strain on muscles that may not have been worked as much, over the past few months.
Always listen to your body and don’t overdo it. In fact, it’s a smart move to stretch before strenuous activity, and that includes using the muscles needed for gardening, mowing, and general home maintenance.
Tip # 2
When you do venture outside, ensure you always wash your hands immediately when coming inside. Better yet, if you are able to shower and change clothing, this will help to decrease allergens being brought into your home, or collecting on furniture, carpet or rugs.
If environmental allergies are still triggering back pain, you may consider only going outdoors at certain times of day, depending on the weather. Pollen counts are the highest following rainfall, on windy or warmer spring days and typically in the morning hours. Additionally, high humidity encourages mold growth, which is another common allergen. It is best to avoid these conditions if your allergies are contributing to your joint or back discomfort.
Tip # 3
When it comes to ridding your house of allergens, whole-home humidifiers, air purifiers and filters work wonders.
Keep your space clean by washing bedding on a weekly basis, vacuuming carpets, rugs and upholstered furniture regularly. Never keep shoes on that were worn outside, as you’ll quite literally be walking allergens right inside your home.
We Can Help!
While over-the-counter medications may help alleviate symptoms for some, the immune response and subsequent inflammation may persist. If an allergic reaction is contributing to your back pain, discussing treatment options with a professional may be in order.
No matter the season, the specialists at Georgia Pain and Spine Care, are here to help manage and address your discomfort. With several treatment options available, we will devise a custom plan to begin alleviating your pain immediately. Reach out today to learn more or to schedule an appointment.