The snow is falling…and so are the snowboarders.

With the first big snow storms of the season working the way across the country, snowboarders are flocking to resorts to take advantage of Mother Nature’s early Christmas present…fresh powder.   If you love snowboarding, keeping yourself free of injury will be in the back of your mind as you hit the slopes.  After all, snowboarding is not an easy sport on the body.  There are many common snowboarding injuries that you need to be cautious about.  More than anything just remember the best way to prevent an injury while snowboarding is to get in shape before you hit the slopes, consider wearing a protective brace if you’ve previously injured yourself, and, most of all, know your limits.

Dealing with Lower Back Pain

According to the Mayo Clinic, about 80% of Americans will experience lower back pain at least once in their lives.  Did you know that back pain is one of the most common reason for missing work or having to go to the doctor?

Back pain is related to the way our bones, muscles and ligaments in our backs work together.  Some common causes of back pain include…

Treating back pain is something that is best done under the care of a physician.  In some cases pain can usually be addressed with over-the-counter pain relievers and hot and cold therapy.  Depending on the severity of your pain, treatment options could include physical therapy, cortisone injections, prescription drugs like NSAID, and, in the most severe cases, surgery.