It’s time once again for the ghouls and goblins to take over the streets. If you live in a kid-friendly, active Halloween neighborhood you’re likely to hear the same three words over and over on the thirty-first. If chronic joint pain is an issue, regardless of the time of year, it’s important to observe safety this holiday so you enjoy more treats and fewer tricks.
Common injuries occurring this time of year involve falls and other accidents while decorating the house. With Halloween rivaling Christmas in terms of lawn displays and house lights, exercise caution when hanging strands and strobes and fake cobwebs. Stretch your limbs a bit before you get to work, recruit help for the more challenging tasks where possible, avoid lifting more than you can carry.
Have an elaborate pattern planned for your pumpkin? These days the triangle eyes and gap-toothed smile don’t cut it. Nonetheless, pumpkin carving can pose problems if your joint pain lives in your hands and wrists. You also risk cutting yourself if you’re not careful. Use caution when it’s time to cut into your gourd. Invest in a carving kit with comfortable handles and take your time as you carve.
Do you go all out when you dress up for Halloween? Every season has a popular costume or two, but if stiff joints are an issue this year, pay attention to your holiday wear. Choose an outfit suited to your condition, one you can easily put on and remove without causing flare-ups.
You may be tempted to dip your hand in the candy bowl and keep a few sweets for yourself, but be mindful. Excess sugar, according to some studies, may contribute to joint inflammation as the body is depleted of minerals like potassium and magnesium.