Millions of Americans are injured each year during the cold, wintry months. These are typically fall injuries, but can also include head and back injuries, strains, frostbite, and more. While we cannot always avoid the cold weather or icy conditions, there are a few things we can all do to stay safer outside. If you want to avoid injury this winter, here are a few tips to keep in mind.
Frostbite is caused by the freezing of the skin and sometimes deeper tissue layers. It can be serious and painful, and even cause permanent damage. To prevent frostbite, limit your time outside in especially cold, wet, or windy weather. Dress in several layers, making sure to cover your head, ears, hands, and feet. Stay hydrated and keep moving when you can.
Trips & Slips
Trip and fall injuries can range from minor ones that cause bumps and bruises to very serious ones that end with broken bones or head injuries. To prevent slipping and falling, try to wear appropriate footwear with adequate traction, use handrails when available, take shorter, smaller steps, use salt or another de-icer on your walkways, and go slowly! Take your time to assess your surroundings and make sure your feet are firmly underneath you.
Even if you don’t already have a sensitive back or knees, things like shoveling snow can result in injury. Activities like sledding, tubing, skiing, and other winter sports can lead to strains, slipped discs, and pulled muscles. Those at risk for heart disease should avoid strenuous shoveling, as overexertion can induce heart attacks or other cardiological issues. Whatever you do, take time to warm up and stretch first. Don’t push yourself beyond your capabilities. Ask for help if needed, and stop if you feel pain.
Of course, slips and other winter-related injuries can happen to anyone, no matter how cautious they are. That’s why it’s a good idea to have a plan for treatment during winter weather conditions. If you or a loved one suffer a fall or another winter-related injury, DuPage Immediate Care is your local destination for medical care that is efficient, compassionate, and professional.
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