In sunny Las Vegas, outdoor activities are popular year-round. But if
you’re planning a staycation from work or looking forward to summer
break from school, you may find yourself heading outdoors more than usual.
Sports are a great way to connect with friends, stay fit, and even cool
off if you head for the pool. By taking a few precautions, you can reduce
the risk of being rushed to the ER at
Southern Hills Hospital
because of spine injuries. Orthopedic surgeons and neurosurgeons alike
would likely recommend following the basic safety guidelines for your
chosen sport, such as using the right protective gear.
How Swimming May Affect the Spine
Did you know that most spinal injuries occur in the cervical and lumbar
regions? That’s according to the neurosurgeon interviewed for this
featured video. Low-impact exercises like swimming are generally ideal
for your spinal joints because of the low risk of wear and tear damage.
However, reckless choices near a pool can lead to serious spinal injuries.
Diving into the shallow end of a pool can cause spinal injuries, for instance.
While responsible adults may be less likely to dive into a shallow pool,
judgment can be impaired by the presence of alcohol. It’s highly
advisable to avoid consuming alcohol near pools.
What to Consider When Choosing CrossFit
When getting in shape for swimsuit season, many people turn to CrossFit.
CrossFit is a popular approach to exercise that involves pushing yourself
to the limits. Although CrossFit is known to be a great way to burn calories, it does
place demands on the spine because it can involve heavy weightlifting activities, such as the dead
lift. If you intend on joining a CrossFit group this summer, consider
getting clearance from your doctor first and gradually increase the amount
of weight you lift to let your body adjust.
Southern Hills Hospital is a leading provider of orthopedic care and neuroscience
services in Southwest Las Vegas. Visit our website for an online
Spine Class presentation or to learn about our other lines of services, which include
maternity health, stroke care, and geriatric psychology. To request a
referral to an orthopedic surgeon or neurosurgeon, call a registered nurse
at (702) 880-2700.