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4 methods Santa’s elves use to protect their backs from injury
4 methods Santa’s elves use to protect their backs from injury

By: Dr. Mohammed Paracha


With less than two weeks until Christmas Eve, you know that Santa’s little helpers are hustling to load the sleigh for the busiest man on earth. All of that building, packing, wrapping, and loading is back-breaking work! How do the elves protect their backs through the Christmas season?

Since we don’t have an insider at the biggest operation center in the world (i.e., the North Pole), we can only guess how the elves stay ache-free. Here are four methods we believe Santa’s elves use to keep their backs healthy.

First, teamwork: As we all know, Santa’s elves are smaller in stature than most humans. Preparing enough presents for all the children of the world would be tough enough for anyone, but Santa’s secret is that he has an army of elves. There are enough elves to team up and tackle heavy objects together. Nowhere is the saying “Many hands make light work,” a truer statement than above the frozen tundra.

Work smarter, not harder. This isn’t the elves’ first Christmas; they’ve been doing this work for thousands of years. Of course, we can’t see all the massive operations they must have with conveyer belts, pulley systems, weighted balances, and other back-saving assistance methods. I’m sure we could learn a thing or two about how the elves keep Santa’s gifts on time while running a safe operation for everyone along the way.

Don’t risk unnecessary danger. Can you imagine how far behind Santa would be in a massive workers’ compensation lawsuit came his way? This is why elf managers keep a thorough safety log and protective measures for all the metal, wood, plastic, and other materials they use to make presents. You can imagine how much pain a box of ornaments can cause someone’s feet if left lying on a warehouse walkway.

Treat old pains before they cause new pains. I bet a few of the older elves have a few aches from years of making presents. Throwing on a back brace or knee wrap before starting the day is a good idea to protect old pains from flaring again. Taking an appropriate amount of NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), such as naproxen and ibuprofen, can help relieve pain and swelling for a full work day.

We can’t wait to see what Santa brings our way this Christmas season. You may be wishing for a pain-free back this year. We talked with Santa and he said the best gift to give yourself is an in-person consultation with at Orthopedic Associates. Click here to schedule an appointment with Orthopedic Associates.





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