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Avoiding An Injury When It’s Icy

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Avoiding An Injury When It’s Icy

The temperature in Southern Oregon has been dipping down to freezing lately, which in some areas has left icy spots on asphalt and concrete.  Do you know the best ways to walk on ice?  Did you know you should have a plan?  Of course the best plan is not to go out if you don’t have to, but if you do, here are some tips:

  • Wear proper shoes, preferably ones with traction.
  • Be very aware of every step, watching where you place your foot and looking out for black ice.
  • Take small steps or even shuffle as you go.
  • Have in your mind ahead of time how you will fall.  You want to avoid using your hands and risking wrist injuries.  Falling on your elbows is better because the bones in that area are not as fragile.  Wrist injuries are the most common in falls on ice.
  • Bending your knees and falling on your side is optimal.  Tuck your head if you can to avoid a concussion.

All of these might be difficult to do in the moment, which is why you have to think about them BEFORE you fall.  Again, staying inside is your best bet if it’s icy, but if you do fall and need help, call Paragon Orthopedic Center for the best bone care in the Rogue Valley!  (541)472-0603

For more information and a list of the most common injuries from falling on ice, read this article:

Falling on Ice: Orthopaedic Injuries and Prevention

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