Winter falls and when to seek care

Dr. Brian Powell from Ogden Clinic joined us to talk about winter falls and when to seek care. 

What types of injuries occur most in the winter?

The most common types of injuries seen in the winter are slips and falls on the ice. Many middle aged individuals are most prone to these types of injuries as they tend not to be as careful on the ice. Surprisingly,  the older population are more aware of icy conditions. the younger population tends to not worry about it as much so they get injured more often. The injuries don't typically occur when you're in snow boots, they usually occur when you're heading to your car in dress shoes or high heels.

Symptoms of a fracture and when should a doctor be seen?

If you have pain with inability to bear weight immediately after the injury, see your doctor, a specialist, or visit the ER.

If there is no immediate care and they cannot weight bear, Dr. Powell would suggest staying off the ankle with crutches and being seen as soon as possible. Visit the ER if there are no other places available to attend.

Symptoms of a sprain and when you should seek emergency attention?

Similar to a fracture, it can be very generic: ankle pain. If your unable to walk on it, this is more concerning.

With some sprains, you can’t walk on for a while, but Dr. Powell would still encourage being seen by a healthcare provider if they cannot walk immediately after the injury.

How can winter injuries be prevented?

Being careful on the ice is a big priority. Be aware of your surroundings: ice patches and black ice.

Ice and elevation can be important.

If you’re unable to walk with a sprained ankle, take caution. Ankle sprains need to be taken care of. If people ignore them, they can set themselves up for future problems that may involve surgery.

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