Hey, this is KC Lupp with Tulsa Daily, you’re going to love this topic. How do you know with this cold weather if you’re stiff or if it’s actually an injury? Well, Dr. Chris Parchuri, founder of Spine & Orthopedic Center is here. This happens a lot right now at this time of year, doesn’t it?
It does, KC. Unfortunately with the cold weather, people tend to go outside, covered up, and think they can go to raking leaves, throwing the football around, and just doing the normal things without properly warming up, and then when that injury does occur, the cold weather tends to mask anything serious because it just makes things numb. The idea is to understand that most injuries, whether they be with the shoulder, knee, or back are usually minor and tend to resolve on their own but when the pain persists or becomes rather severe, or radiates into the hands, or knees, or legs that’s something that could be more serious and needs to get looked at.
If we get a lot of snow, people are going to be shoveling, and that back, I know I have a stiff back sometimes and I don’t know if it’s stiff from muscular or if it’s a spine thing. If I came in to talk to you, do you go through all the different possibilities?
We do. Most importantly we need to understand the specifics with the pain; how it occurred, the quality and the duration, how intense it is, and if there’s a previous injury that may have been aggravated. Asking those questions is important and then understanding how the pain affects your life at that point and making sure that you tried other treatments such as anti-inflammatories, stretching, rest prior to delving into the more serious aspects that could be causing that pain. Just like when you start your car up in the morning, you like to let it warm up before you hit the pedal a little bit, same thing with our bodies. We want to make sure that we give our bodies proper time to warm up, especially in cold weather.
Thank you Doctor. You can prevent your injuries, if you have an issues at all go find out from the specialists. Spine & Orthopedic Specialists at 539-664-4448. You can also visit them online at SOSTulsa.com.