VIRGINIA BEACH, Va., Nov. 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Decorating the house and Christmas tree, carrying lots of parcels, wrapping presents, washing dishes, holding children, lifting large turkeys and hams and sitting for long periods of time, all common during the holiday season, can lead to lower back pain that can ruin family celebrations. They also provide common reasons for frantic calls to get a doctor's appointment. During the holidays, Winifred Bragg, M.D., medical director of the Spine and Orthopedic Pain Center, with offices in Norfolk and Chesapeake, Va., sees a big influx of patients, most of whom could have avoided their back pain issues had they only known proper posture, movement and lifting techniques.
The author of a new book, Knock Out Pain: Secrets to Maintain a Healthy Back, and an expert in providing nonsurgical treatment for injuries and pain resulting from spinal and orthopedic conditions, Bragg can offer much needed advice for making many people's holidays happier: 80 percent of people experience back pain before age 55 and back pain issues are the second most common reason people give for doctor visits.
- Why you should put your foot on a stool while washing dishes.
- Ways to minimize discomfort if you are traveling long distances to see friends and family.
- The importance of balancing the load whether you are carrying presents, grocery bags or suitcases.
- On which foot to place your weight while vacuuming.
- Why you should never pick up a child with outstretched arms.
- Why women should think twice about wearing high heels to holiday parties.
- Why Only 5 to 10 percent of patients with back pain will need surgery.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Board certified both in physical medicine and rehabilitation and pain medicine, Winifred Bragg has successfully treated thousands of patients by providing a comprehensive approach to their pain through customized treatment plans. She has appeared in numerous TV and print media programs and has been featured on ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX. She has been quoted as an expert in Redbook, Women's World, Weight Watcher's Magazine, Self Magazine and many more.
SOURCE Winifred Bragg, M.D.