How to Avoid Spine Injuries This Holiday Season

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During the holiday season, you likely have a thousand things running through your mind. Between putting up decorations, getting presents for the kids, and cooking extravagant meals, you probably don’t have much time to think about maintaining a healthy spine . The experts at The FLEX Program at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center recommend the following tips to help you avoid a spine injury:

Don’t Push Yourself While Shopping
If you have a busy schedule, you will likely try to make your shopping adventures as efficient as possible. For example, you might carry all your goodies around with you as you peruse different stores. However, carrying around heavy bags can take its toll on your spine. Between stores, consider making trips to your car to drop off your bags. You might take the opportunity to give yourself a break from strenuous shopping.

Get Help with Holiday Decorations
Hanging lights and putting up decorations can sometimes be physically demanding. You could easily hurt your spine if you fall off a ladder or spend too much time hunched over a string of lights. Instead of taking the lone wolf approach to putting up holiday decorations, enlist the help of a friend or family member. To completely eliminate the chances of an injury, consider hiring a professional to do it all for you.

Use the Proper Lifting Technique
Every year, thousands of people end up in the emergency room with spine injuries caused by poor lifting techniques. Whether you’re lifting a tree or a particularly large gift, remember to lift with your legs, and keep your back straight. Try to keep the object as close to your body as possible while carrying it. For especially heavy or unwieldy items, ask a friend to help.

If you suffer a spine injury this holiday season, Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center can provide prompt and effective treatment. If you require emergency care, be sure to use our Text ER service, where you can text “ER” to 23000 in order to check on the latest wait times. You can also call us at (702) 233-5300 to speak with one of our friendly representatives.

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