At Platte River Medical Clinic, we always want you to stay safe, no matter what season it is. In the winter months, we see a number of injuries from skiing and snowboarding, shoveling snow and even just slipping on ice. Check out the tips below to learn how you can avoid winter injuries!
What Are the Most Common Winter Injuries?
Winter weather conditions bring with them a variety of potential risks for personal injury, as well as injury to others. Some of the most common winter incidents that lead to personal injury include:
- Falling on ice and snow
- Experiencing muscle strain from shoveling snow or scraping ice off the car
- Driving and motor vehicle collisions
- Accidents while playing winter sports and activities
Not all incidents will cause severe injury, but some winter accidents can be quite serious, especially for certain age groups and for people suffering from previous injuries.
SLIPPING AND FALLING ON ICE AND SNOW
Slipping and falling on ice can be a scary experience. Ice can be difficult to see both at night and during the day. What looks like water pooled on the pavement can actually be a sheet of ice. You could step off the curb and right onto a slippery ice patch. When this happens, severe injury can occur if you fall to the ground. You may be able to recover and only skid briefly, but even if you don’t end up falling, you can wrench your back or experience another kind of injury in your attempt to recover.
Anyone is in danger of injuring themselves by falling or slipping on ice or snow, but seniors are especially at risk. In fact, according to the CDC, falls are the leading cause of injury among older Americans, and winter weather conditions only exacerbate that concern.
There are a variety of potential injuries that can occur from falls on ice, but the most common include the following:
- Head or brain injuries, including concussions
- Ankle strains and twists, and other kinds of muscle sprains and ligament strains
- Broken bones, most commonly hip and wrist fractures
- Back injuries, including spinal compression fractures
- Injuries to the spinal cord
Prevention is always the best method to avoid a slip or fall on icy days, and there are a few things you can try to keep you and your family safer:
- Wear proper footwear made for icy and snowy conditions.
- Keep your stride shorter and avoid long steps.
- Slow things down — try not to rush or run outdoors.
- Keep de-icer or sand on hand for when things get slippery around your house.
- In case of injury, always have your cell phone handy.
- If you need to do outdoor chores, take your time and don’t hurry.
If you experience any slips, trips or falls this winter, remember Platte River Medical Clinic is here for you! Click here to schedule an appointment with one of our providers!