Common injuries caused by slipping on ice

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Woman slipping on iceWinter weather is in full swing, which means ice is starting to line the sidewalks. With the ice and snow comes beautiful scenery, holiday spirit and a higher risk of ice-related injuries. Here are a few common injuries caused by slipping in icy conditions:

  • Back, neck and shoulder injuries
  • Fractures
  • Concussions
  • Dislocations of joints
  • Muscle strains
  • Severe cuts and bruises

How to Avoid Ice-Related Injuries from Occurring

Preventing slips, trips and falls in the snow is possible by following these safety tips:

  • Allow more time for travel, both when walking and driving
  • If you must walk on the ice, bend your knees slightly and take shorter steps.
  • If you are falling, do not put all the pressure on your wrists to break your fall. Putting too much pressure on your wrists can result in wrist breaks and fractures.
  • Use ice grippers, such as spikes.
  • Try on footwear before purchasing to ensure the shoes have good traction.
  • Avoid carrying heavy loads when walking on ice.

Treating Winter Weather Injury in Rochester NY

The board-certified orthopaedic physicians at Greater Rochester Orthopaedics provide treatment to patients suffering from winter weather injuries. Some of our orthopaedic services include:

Call (585) 295-5476 or request an appointment today.