Our first big snow of the year has arrived and already we’re seeing a large increase of patients who have fallen and injured themselves on the ice.
Here are helpful hints from Dr. Michael Kleker that will reduce the risk of falling when slippery conditions exist:
-Wear boots with soles or even better a pair of Yak Trax. Avoid walking in shoes that have smooth surfaces, which increase the risk of slipping.
-Walk cautiously. Your arms help keep you balanced, so keep your arms out of your pockets and avoid carrying heavy loads that may cause you to become off-balance.
-Walk consciously. Be alert to the possibility that you could quickly slip on an unseen patch of ice. Avoid the temptation to run if you are falling behind schedule.
-Walk “small.” Look to see ahead of where you step. When you step on icy areas, take short, shuffling steps, curl your toes under and walk as flatfooted as possible
-Remove snow immediately before it becomes packed or turns to ice. Keep your porch steps, sidewalks and driveways free of ice by frequently applying ice melt. This is the best way to prevent formation of dangerous ice patches.
Even when you practice safe walking habits, slipping on ice is sometimes unavoidable.
It can take less than two seconds from the moment you slip until you hit the ground. In that instant, the risk is most commonly an injury to your hip, wrist, hand and neck. However knowing how to fall will help you reduce the risk of injury. Use the tuck and roll method where you lift your head and avoid trying to break the fall with an extended hand. The idea is to make yourself as small as possible by rolling up into a ball.
If you’ve experienced a recent fall, be sure to schedule an appointment right away with your Fort Collins chiropractor. This will also help to minimize injury and help you heal much faster as well.