The staff at AICA Atlanta tend to treat an unusual amount of back injuries during the winter holiday season. Car accidents, falling on slippery surfaces or off of ladders, and carrying bulky luggage are all responsible for hundreds of people throughout the region seeking Chiropractic Treatment instead of enjoying the holiday’s pain-free. Because of this, our Atlanta Chiropractors would like to help you understand why back injuries occur during this time of the year and how you can potentially avoid them.
Car accidents increase each year between November and January. Distracted and intoxicated drivers reach their annual peak in December as people rush through the city to purchase gifts and travel from one holiday party to another. Although it isn’t always possible to avoid getting struck by another vehicle, paying close attention to the behavior of other drivers and eliminating everyday distractions like smartphone devices can help.
Another common cause of back injuries during the winter holidays are slip and fall accidents. Most of these accidents occur as a result of slipping on icy surfaces or from falling off of ladders while trying to hang up decorative lights. To prevent these things from happening, make sure to wear appropriate footwear when heading outside and take your time when walking on icy sidewalks. If you are interested in hanging up lights on your roof or the inside of your home, ask a friend or family member to hold the ladder in place while you use it.
People carrying heavy or bulky items like luggage also contribute to back injuries this time of the year. If you need to pick up a heavy object, make sure to lift with your knees instead of pulling upward with your back. Also, instead of stuffing your suitcase, try using a few different bags to reduce the amount of weight you’re carrying.
If you do sustain some back injury this winter holiday season, contact AICA Atlanta to schedule a same-day examination. You deserve to enjoy the holidays at home with your loved ones, and we can provide immediate pain relief through a variety of holistic solutions. Just dial (404) 889-8828 to speak with one of our staff members.