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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.

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