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Heavy snowfall increases the incidence of injury and pain in Holmdel, NJ

This past week’s snowstorm was the first of the season for Monmouth County residents, and it was a bad one—we’ve received over a foot of snow. In fact, Holmdel, NJ got over 19 inches of snow. Just last week, the town was crawling with last-minute holiday shoppers. Now we’re just waiting for the snow to be cleared.

For some, such record snowfalls can mean the beginning of serious pain management issues. Incorrect shoveling, slips and falls, and auto accidents are the most common ways that people hurt themselves during the winter.

Shoveling Injuries

Back pain, of course, is the most frequent complaint after shoveling snow. Incorrectly carrying heavy loads of snow can do some serious damage. Muscle and disc injuries, for example, are often the result of the bending and twisting involved in snow removal. Additionally, cold muscles incur injury more easily simply because they are tighter.

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Slip and falls

Where there’s snow, there’s usually ice. Slips and falls result in both muscle pain as well as serious damage to the spine. Painful coccyx injuries are another frequent result of falling on the ice.

Auto Accidents

There are so many things that can go wrong in a car even when the weather is perfect. Why risk it when the roads are covered in snow and ice? The best way to prevent serious injury during bad weather is to avoid driving whenever possible. And when you do venture out, give yourself plenty of time to get where you’re going.

Pain Management in Holmdel: Rehabilitation for Winter’s Many Injuries

The list of injuries universal to auto accidents is pretty extensive; it includes back pain, neck pain, whiplash, disc injuries, and sciatica (just to name a few). In addition to the damage that many people inflict on their bodies during shoveling or from slipping on the ice, it’s not surprising that we see a lot of patients for winter-weather related pain management issues. The good news is that we’ve created a pain management office that is unique in a number of respects, and all of the things that make us different also increase effectiveness and reduce stress for patients. For example:

  • Our office makes it possible for patients to find the best in medical treatment (our Medical Director specializes in pain management and rehabilitation) as well as physical therapy in one office. This simplifies the pain management process and leads to more cooperative (and therefore more effective) rehabilitation.
  • We combine traditional medical care with holistic practices for pain relief. By incorporating acupuncture, our office offers the best of both Western and Eastern medicine.
  • Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation Center began as a chiropractic office; today, we continue to offer the very best in cutting-edge chiropractic care.

If you are suffering from any painful condition in Holmdel, NJ, please contact our office to learn more about pain management and rehabilitation.