Winter Safety and Fall Prevention
Many of us may be celebrating the milder winter this year by spending more time outdoors and enjoying better-quality commutes to work. However, even with the milder winter temperatures, there are still seasonal hazards that increase our risk of experiencing a slip and fall. Winter slip and fall incidents can occur both outdoors on snow-covered and icy surfaces, as well as indoors on wet floors and while wearing our wet winter boots.
As physiotherapists, we see the number of slip and fall injuries increase in prevalence during the winter months. Some individuals may be fortunate enough to experience only mild bruising (to their bottom and their pride), while others may be at risk of more severe injuries like knee and ankle sprains, strains of the lower back and fractures of the hip, shoulder or wrist.
Although some slip and fall injuries may happen to even the most careful individuals, many incidents may be avoided with an increased awareness and following a few winter safety precautions.
Put your good foot forward!
If you happen to experience a slip or fall this winter, take your time getting up. Make sure you are not more seriously injured before trying to get up or letting others help you. If you have a concern of fracture, be sure to call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest emergency room for appropriate imaging and assessment. Once cleared, you may then choose to follow up with your family physician or a physiotherapist.
How can physiotherapy help?
Physiotherapy assessment and treatment can assist with post-injury pain and symptom management and help get you back to your regular activities sooner. Depending on your injuries, a physiotherapy treatment program may focus on retraining muscle strength, regaining joint range of motion and improving balance and proprioception to help reduce the risk of re-injury.
Please let us know if we can help you on your road to recovery!
Registered Physiotherapist – H.B.Sc. (Kin), M.Sc. (PT), MCPA