With the arrival of winter, emergency room staffers are anticipating an uptick in the annual increase in the number of injuries related to snow and ice. In some cases, these are serious or even fatal car accidents. Snow and ice may also play an integral role in injuries that occur when people slip and fall on the ice, according to a recent news article from Fox News.
One doctor interviewed as part of the article said extremity injuries are particularly common this type of year. They occur when someone slips on ice or snow and then tries to catch themselves. While it is a natural reaction to try to put your hand out when you are falling, so as to brace yourself, it is actually one of the worst things you can do. When your outreached hand makes contact with the sidewalk with all of your body weight behind it, it is easy to break your wrist or hand. This is why snowboarders and those on roller blades are supposed to wear plastic guards on their wrists to prevent a broken wrist when falling. Continue reading