Enjoy the Holidays Safely with These Simple Tips
It’s that time of year again where surfaces become icy and slippery, potentially leading to slips and falls. Common winter injuries include broken bones, dislocations, fractures, sprains, and strains. These frequently happen when walking on compromised surfaces or when participating in different winter activities. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, some of the most common winter injuries happen during activities such as:
- Ice skating
At Advance ER, we want you to be able to enjoy the holiday festivities without worrying about injuries. That’s why we’ve outlined a list of winter injury prevention tips to keep you safe this holiday season.
If you do happen to sustain an injury this winter, our qualified and dedicated staff are here to help. Contact us at (214) 494-8222 today to schedule an appointment or inquire about services. Walk-ins are always welcome.
How Can I Keep Myself Safe from Winter Injuries?
The prevalence of winter injuries doesn’t mean you shouldn’t partake in the activities you enjoy – in fact, you should have fun and make the most of the season! However, there are some precautions you can take to lower your risk of sustaining an injury this winter.
When Skiing and Snowboarding…
If you are a first-time skier or snowboarder (or new to any sport for that matter), it is important to take lessons beforehand. Make sure you are also wearing the necessary protective gear to keep your head, eyes, and extremities safe. It is also important to be cognizant of weather conditions that could lead to slicker slopes and be sure to only use designated trails.
When Ice Skating…
Stick to the designated direction of the ice-skating rink – make sure not to skate in the opposite direction of other skaters, as this can cause an obstruction and potentially lead to a collision. It is also important to watch out for any cracks or holes in the ice, especially if the rink hasn’t been resurfaced in a while. Be sure you are wearing the correct size skates and lace them up tight around the ankles, as this provides support and helps avoid falls while skating.
Always sled with your feet forward and sitting up, as opposed to head forward and on your stomach. This way, you can avoid serious injuries if you do fall off your sled or collide into someone or something. If you know your sled is about to crash into an obstruction, it is better to roll off into the snow instead of letting yourself crash. Be sure to look out for any hazards or obstructions beforehand (trees, fences, etc.) to give yourself a clear path for sledding.
When Taking Winter Strolls…
Many people enjoy going on winter walks to look at lights and enjoy snowfall. With the potential for slick walkways, make sure you are always wearing shoes with proper traction, and if you do slip and fall, don’t catch yourself with your hands, as this can lead to a strain, sprain, or break. Always try to fall on your thigh or buttocks, as there is more muscle there to catch your fall.
When to Seek Medical Care
At Advance ER, we are able to provide care for a wide variety of injuries and ailments, including broken bones, concussions, dehydration, sports injuries, and other cold-related illnesses. If you find yourself in any type of condition that is causing pain, persistent discomfort, or impacting your ability to go about your daily tasks, don’t hesitate to seek medical care.
Our team of professionals at Advance ER are always here to assist you. Contact us at (214) 494-8222 or check in online to receive care for you or a loved one.