Personal injury during winter is likely to occur from performing simple activities, especially if you aren’t prepared to prevent an accident. From your back, shoulder, and neck, to joints and knees, pain and injuries in these areas are common during the winter season. 

Winter weather conditions bring with them a variety of potential risks for injury. Some of the most common winter incidents that lead to injury include: 

Falling on ice and/or snow. Anyone is in danger of injuring themselves by falling or slipping on ice or snow, but seniors are especially at risk. There are a variety of potential injuries that can occur from falls on ice, but the most common include: 

  • Bruises
  • Head or brain injuries, including concussion
  • Muscle sprains and ligament strains
  • Broken bones

Prevention is the best method to avoid a slip or fall on icy days, and there are a few things you can try to keep you and your family safer: 

  • Wear proper footwear made for icy conditions
  • Keep your stride shorter and avoid long steps
  • Slow things down, try not to rush or run outside

Experiencing muscle strain from shoveling snow or scraping ice. One of the most loathsome winter jobs is shoveling the driveway and sidewalk. It can take a long time and require a lot of physical exertion. The repetitive actions of twisting and lifting while shoveling can cause severe strain on the body. To prevent strain on the body, try implementing these tips: 

  • Slow things down
  • Don’t overdo it. If you are feeling tired, take a break. 
  • Wear proper clothing including gloves, a coat, and proper shoes. 
  • Do not lift the snow while standing on ice.  

Accidents while playing winter sports and accidents. One of the most enjoyable parts of winter is the fun you and your family can have with all kinds of winter activities and sports. From ice hockey and skating to skiing and snowboarding, there are plenty of ways to stay active and have fun during the cold season.

These winter activities can be dangerous if you aren’t practicing safety. Falls and collisions in many winter activities can often result in broken bones, stiff muscles, and concussion. To help prevent injuring during your favorite winter sports and activities, follow the safety tips below: 

  • Never participate alone 
  • Keep in shape and condition muscles before participating
  • Warm-up before playing and participating
  • Wear appropriate gear 
  • Know and abide by all rules of the sport or activity that you are participating in
  • Drink plenty of water before, during, and after activities
  • Avoid participating in sports when you are in pain or are feeling exhausted 

If you or a family member suffers a winter injury, it’s important to first assess the severity level. Sometimes muscle injuries can be treated with ibuprofen and by applying ice or heat, however, more severe injuries will need to be treated immediately by a professional. If you are experiencing pain resulting from a winter-related fall or collision, give Dr. Larson a call at 435-774-8512.