Watching snow collect outside from the comfort of your home might be one of the highlights of a Northeastern winter. But
venturing outside is a different story, and can be more treacherous. With snow comes slippery ice and shoveling, both of which contribute to the most common winter injuries. We’ve got you at PhysicianOne this season, and year round, to treat aches, bumps and bruises. Here are the most common winter injuries and how you can avoid them:
- Muscle strains: Not only is shoveling snow a tedious chore, but it’s also a common cause for muscle injuries. To prevent strains, practice the right form when shoveling. Use your knees as the main source of momentum as opposed to lifting with your back. And if possible, shovel after two inches fall. The snow will be less heavy and it may be beneficial for preventing muscle strains and an aching back the next day.
- Falls: If you’ve seen someone take a tumble on winter ice, you know it’s not a pretty sight. Slips can lead to concussions, open wounds, sprains and pulled muscles. Make sure to salt common walkways and be mindful of thin ice that may not be entirely visible. Hold onto railings when possible as well. For more preventative measures, work on upper body strength to help you brace yourself if you do stumble or fall.
- Winter sport injuries: Ice skating, skiing and snowboarding are great ways to get outside and exercise during the cold months. If you or your family get some injuries along the way, don’t let that be the end of your fun. Stop by one of our centers! We can provide treatment for breaks and fractures, abrasions, head injuries, sprains and stitches all without the wait of the ER. We open early and we stay open late, 365 days of the year.
Stay safe and healthy this winter! Virtual visits are available all day, every day. Don’t let any health questions or concerns linger. From fevers and blisters to bumps, bruises and behavioral health, we’ve got you.