Now that summer is officially upon us, it’s imperative patients at Southwest Spine and Pain Center prepare themselves for this season’s high temperatures. Why? Simple. People exposed to extreme heat are increasingly susceptible to heat-related health problems such as sunburn, dehydration, muscle cramps, heat rash, and heat stroke. These ailments can exacerbate your pain or cause new pain symptoms to arise. If you plan to be outside for long periods of time, consider the following:
- Drink plenty of water. We’re talkin’ a gallon each day!
- Apply and then re-apply SPF 30 or higher every 2 hours
- Wear light-colored, moisture-wicking, breathable clothes
- Take frequent breaks where you find shade or go inside
- Watch for signs of heat exhaustion (...