This year, let’s step into winter while sidestepping its pitfalls. Literally. Your specialists at Beacon are here to help you prevent dangerous slips and falls — the most common causes of accidents that happen this season. And they aren’t as funny as slapstick comedy would have you believe, especially when it happens to you.
3 Things You Can Do Now to Prevent Falls
Avoiding accidents this winter is possible. While some incidents are unavoidable, take the proper precautions to prevent issues wherever you can. There are three things you can do now to help keep you on your feet this season.
- Wear shoes with winter-worthy traction and grip
- Take your time and move with smaller steps
- Avoid carrying big and hefty items while walking on slippery surfaces
These are just a few things you can do. Closely evaluate your surroundings and monitor the weather so you can be prepared for your unique needs. Salt sidewalks, paths and driveways when temperatures drop. Have the shovel ready when snow is in the forecast. Or better yet, just stay home by the fire and avoid going outside altogether.
If You Start to Fall…
Try to tuck and roll. Relax your muscles and tuck your chin to avoid hitting your head on the ground. This position allows the force of the fall to be more evenly distributed throughout your body, which reduces the possibility of serious injury.
Most Common Winter Injuries & How to Treat Them
Despite your best efforts, a slip and fall can still happen. Ice is the biggest cause of falls, which can result in the following injuries:
- Broken bones
- Sprains and strains
Treating Slip & Fall Injuries
If your injury is minor, it’ll resolve itself with a cold compress and rest. If the pain is serious and doesn’t go away, contact your Beacon Orthopaedics specialist. Depending on the type of injury, anything from physical therapy to non-invasive treatment to surgery may be recommended. Getting treated sooner rather than later is ideal for the best chance for recovery.
We’re Here for You
Injuries happen. Whether it’s slipping on ice in the driveway or getting a little too bold on the ice-skating rink while showing off in front of the kids, the specialists at Beacon are here to help you when accidents strike. Same-day appointments are available when the unexpected happens. Schedule an appointment online anytime.