An orthopedic specialist offers some tips for avoiding serious injuries on slippery ground or dangers hidden by snow.”When people get injured in the winter, it usually
involves tripping over. something or slipping on ice,” said Dr. Richard Samad.
an assistant professor of orthopedic surgery who specializes in hand and upper extremity surgery. at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.
“To protect themselves from greater injury. people will instinctively extend their hands and arms to break their fall,” Samde said in a news release from the center. “Unfortunately. this leads to a concentrated erosive force through the wrist. forearm and elbow that often leads to injuries to the smaller bones in those areas.”
Being alert and aware of your surroundings can help.
People should note dark patches on sidewalks that may be icy, Samde advised.
Wear appropriate footwear with good traction, he said.
If you use a walker or cane, consider having someone walk with you if you lose your balance.
Of course, it’s important to stay safe all year round. Instead of texting or staring at a phone screen, focus on what’s in front of you while you’re walking, suggests Samad.
If poor vision, chronic conditions, and medications increase your risk of falling. use corrective lenses or a walking aid.
During the warmer months, outdoor work and recreational activities. can cause hand or wrist injuries. collisions and falls.
Always ensure that ladders and other elevated positions are secured, Samde said. Watch roads, sidewalks and cycling paths carefully to avoid hazards that could lead to loss of control.
With age, fall injuries can become more serious. Bone density decreases, making fractures more likely, explains Samde.
Ensuring adequate calcium and vitamin D intake. and avoiding smoking can help reduce these problems.
Taking good care of your injury treatment is important. to prevent future complications or worse injuries, Samde says.
The US National Institute on Aging has more on falls and fractures among older adults.
Source: UT Southwestern Medical Center, news release, February 1, 2023
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