The Post-Holiday Workout

Choose moderate activity and smaller portions to keep healthy all season long

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014 11:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 8:29 a.m. CDT

MK Orthopaedics is pleased to welcome to our practice, Dr. Rebecca Kuo, M.D., J.D. a specialist in surgical and non-surgical treatments of the spine.

•    She received her BA at Dartmouth College.
•    She completed her residency at Rush University in Chicago.
•    She completed her spinal surgery fellowship at the University of Texas in Houston.

Dr. Kuo treats the entire spine from scoliosis to spinal stenosis in children and adults. Whether it be neck pain, back pain or chronic pain to acute nerve pain, Dr. Kuo has been trained to utilize a wide array of surgical procedures including minimally invasive techniques to speed recovery time for her patients.

Once the last of the holiday treasures has been opened, you may find you are feeling more than the Christmas spirit. It is all too easy to overdo things during the holidays – from carrying those heavy packages filled with joy, the baking of sheet after sheet of luscious cookies, the 20 pound Christmas turkey, and of course the snow can lead to the pressure, the intake of so much tasty food that you cannot simply pass by and the result can often be some aches and pains. 

Here are a few tips for starting your year off with a healthier back and neck.

•    Stay active:  Continue your normal exercise routine or ease into it if you have taken a break.
•    During gatherings and parties take a break from the table to chat or walk around.
•    Eat smaller portions and take longer breaks between meals.
•    Be careful on the ice and snow:  shovel with care and remember to lift with your legs and core, not your back!
•    Ask for help if that toy is just too high or the gift is just a bit too heavy.
•    Spread out your workload so you are not over extended.  It is a time for family to be together, right?
If you do get injured then here are some tips for getting yourself back on your feet.
•    Allow yourself a little rest but not too much.  A couple of days limiting your activity should suffice to let the spasms subside. 
•    Anti-inflammatory medication and ice to your back or neck could be helpful too. 
•    Stretching those tight muscles to help them relax will not just make you more limber, but can also calm the pain. 

As always, if pain persists, call your doctor for an evaluation or advice. 

Wishing everyone a happy and
healthy 2014!

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