Halloween brings out the kid in all of us; lately it’s become more of a season than a one-day holiday, with people decorating their yards and planning multiple festivities. As such, it’s easy to get carried away and open up the big night to injury and health risks. Whether you live in a busy candy neighborhood or prefer to cruise the adult-oriented parties, it’s important to take steps to stay safe and manage your joint pain.
Know Your Limitations
It’s a mark of pride to have the best decorated home on the block. Halloween decor rivals Christmas in terms of lights, yard inflatables, and other displays. If you have your eye on haunting the homestead this year, be aware of your body’s limitations as you climb that ladder or untangle the light strands. Even pumpkin carving may prove an arduous task if your hands hurt too much.
Wherever possible, designate tougher jobs to family and friends and concentrate on the decorations you can set up with ease.
Dress For Success
Going to party? Contest at work? You’ll want to up your costume game, but don’t do it at the expense of aches and pains. Organize a Halloween costume that is comfortable and easily put on and removed. Watch things like capes and large tails as well, to avoid tripping hazards.
Know When to Call it a Night
City ordinances designate an official end time for trick-or-treating, but Halloween doesn’t necessarily end when the kids carry their loot home. If you’re feeling especially stiff while handing out candy or exploring the spooky neighborhood lights, listen to your body and take the time for self-care. Don’t force yourself to soldier through the holiday if it means increased pain.
At Bon Secours Virginia Orthopaedic & Spine Specialists, our experts help patients manage joint and back pain year-round. We know holidays bring as much stress as joy, and if you have questions about treatments for arthritis, joint injuries and other conditions we are here to help. Contact us today to learn more about what we offer.