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Four ways to prevent winter joint pain

Four ways to prevent winter joint pain

The cold winter months can lead to an increase in joint pain for some. However, we know many don’t want to spend their winter locked inside. When the temperature does drop, working out indoors is best, but you can still enjoy your favorite winter activities when pain days are low. So to have an active winter, without the extra pain or injury, follow these four tips below:

1. Warm-Up

The cold air does not mean you should rush your workout. Stiff muscles are more prone to injury, so be sure to complete a proper warm-up before performing any workout or physical activity.

2. Wear Proper Gear

If you are new to a winter sport, you’ll want to make sure you have the proper gear. Layering up will allow you to keep warm without overheating (since your body temperature will change). Shoes should support your ankles and feet, and be appropriate for the task at hand. Poor shoes can lead to a fall, or twisted ankle, possibly leading to a few joint injuries in the end.

3. Practice Proper Form

Though trying a new winter sport can be exciting, form should still be kept in mind. For individual winter sports, like snowboarding or skiing, an instructor can teach the proper way to fall, so that an injury doesn’t occur.

4. Be Prepared

Be sure that all equipment is in top shape and working as it should. Pay attention to the weather to avoid getting stuck in a storm or temperature drop, and don’t forget to listen to your body. If you are already aching or in pain, skip a day and recover.

It’s never too late to start taking care of your joints. If pain is impeding your daily life, Powder River Orthopedics & Spine (PROS) is here to help in Gillette, Wyoming. We can evaluate your options so you can rest assured that you get the best possible outcome and are back to a happy and active life in no time.

Call the PROS at 307.686.1413 or visit www.cchwyo.org/PROS to learn more.

PROS is a Campbell County Medical Group Clinic with Campbell County Health.