1 It can spike in winter.
“Shoveling heavy, wet snow is a very common source, as is slipping on ice,” says Krishn M. Sharma, MD, clinical assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery, New York Medical College.
2 It’s preventable.
Maintain good posture— use a lumbar pillow while sitting if needed. Lift anything (including heavy boxes) with your legs rather than your back. Shovel snow throughout a storm instead of once at the end.
3 Vegging out won’t fix it.
“A common mistake when dealing with back pain is to lie in bed for several days after the acute onset,” says Sharma. It’s OK to rest for 24 hours, but after that, movement is better for healing.