Avoiding slips, trips, and falls
- Posted on: Nov 16 2021
By Anthony Lo
According to the CDC, each year millions of older adults (classified as 65+) fall. Further studies have shown that 1 in 4 older adults fall however less than half will report this to their doctor. Furthermore, the CDC adds that nearly 1 million Americans are injured annually as a result of falling on ice and snow. Unfortunately, these injuries prove fatal for about 17,000 people every year. Further research has also shown that that by falling once an individual’s chances of falling again could approximately double.
Some common injuries that could result from a slip and fall on ice include:
- Muscle sprains/ligament strains
- Bony injuries such as compression fractures to the wrist/arm or spine or knee injuries
- Herniated discs
- Concussion from hitting your head after a slip and fall
Of course, slip, trips, and falls are not strictly limited to the icy environment outside that we will likely see in the tri-state area in the next few months. As such, caution should be taken when performing activities such as hanging/re-arranging decorations around your house or engaging in winter time recreational activities such as sledding or ice skating. Additionally, care should be taken with making sure entryways and stairs are free from ice/water tracked in from the outdoors and footwear. As we approach the winter months, careful consideration should be taken to mitigate or prevent the potential for slips, trips, and falls that could occur inside and outside our homes.
Of course, despite our best efforts, accidents can still happen. In the event you or a relative experiences a slip, trip, and fall, it is highly recommended to consult your primary care physician to further assess your condition to make sure you have not sustained any of the aforementioned potential injuries. As part of your recovery, they may recommend a period of physical therapy to address any issues with swelling, loss of range of motion and/or strength among other things.
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