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The Link Between Dehydration and Back Pain

Summer is in full swing, and those high temperatures can make it easier to become dehydrated. In fact, the National Institutes of Health estimate 75 percent of people in the United States don’t drink enough water. So, what’s the big deal? If you suffer from back pain dehydration may just be making it worse. Here’s what you need to know about the signs and symptoms of dehydration and how they may be contributing to your back pain.

Your Body

The human body is 60 percent water, and it’s constantly being moved through and getting lost. When you sweat, use the restroom and even breathe you are losing water. This is why it’s so important to your overall health to make sure you are hydrated. So, how can you tell if you’re not getting enough water? You may experience:

  • Dry skin
  • Dry mouth
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness

Of course, those are the most common signs and symptoms, but here are a few you may not realize that could also mean you’re dehydrated:

  • Headaches – Your brain is bathed in water constantly in order to keep it cushioned. When you don’t have enough water in your body it can cause headaches in a few ways. Either your brain has lost that cushion and is bumping up against different parts of your skull or your neck muscles have tightened due to dehydration and are causing a headache. Drinking enough water can help to relieve this symptom, and when you combine it with a chiropractic adjustment you may be able to find more relief.
  • Back pain – The muscles in your back can become stiff and sore when you aren’t hydrated enough, and stiff muscles can lead to painful muscle spasms or even slipped discs in your back and neck.

What You Can Do

Aside from making sure you drink at least half of your body weight in ounces of water each day to stay hydrated, you can try to treat any symptoms you have impacting your neck and back with some other treatments.

Of course, see your chiropractor to make sure you are properly aligned. You can also use ice or heat to help relieve any muscle pain and stiffness you are experiencing. You should use ice first if you experience muscle pain or stiffness, and for about the first 24 hours after. It’s also a great treatment for migraines as well as muscle sprains and strains.

Heat is best after two to three days of ice therapy, using it for about 20 minutes at a time with at least an hour between treatments.

The most important thing you can do for your health this summer is to make sure you’re drinking enough water. You’ll be amazed how much better it can make you feel!

SOURCE: https://www.thejoint.com/indiana/avon/avon-19005/189918-link-between-dehydration-back-pain


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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients:

Our patients, employees and family are our top priority at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

We ask you to not visit any of our locations if you have symptoms such as fever, sneezing, coughing and possible shortness of breath.

Please cancel your appointment and re-schedule once you are feeling better and are no longer suffering with symptoms.

Only non-symptomatic patients will be seen. No exceptions.

Accompanying family members – including children – are asked to remain in the waiting area and will not be allowed to enter the exam rooms.

During this time of high concern regarding the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we are taking extra precautions to maintain the highest possible standards of safety and cleanliness. Please be advised that we are carefully following recommendations from both the CDC and WHO and are here to help guide you through this time if needed.

Some steps we are taking to keeping safe:

  1. We know how important cleanliness is and always maintain the highest standards of cleanliness. To further offer you peace of mind, we have increased the frequency of the cleaning of our office.
  2. Rest assured that hand washing is strictly followed. Hand sanitizer is available to all staff and patients.
  3. Additionally, if you have recently traveled to a country with high rates of the coronavirus or have been on a cruise, please reschedule your visit for at least 14 days from your return date. We will gladly accommodate your needs to reschedule. At that time, a telehealth interface can be arranged if necessary.

Find up-to-date and accurate information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website and feel free to reach out with questions.

- Your team at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

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