Humans aren’t like polar bears, penguins, or any other winter-climate animal, we don’t have thick fur or cool sliding moves for the icy tundra, so there is plenty of room for mishaps to occur when winter rolls around. Oftentimes injuries result from slips and falls in the early morning or late evening when it is harder to see hazardous surfaces, or in the presence of black ice which is incredibly hard to see. Unfortunately, snow and ice and the danger that comes with them cannot be avoided in temperate climates, but there are some precautions that you can take in making sure you stay safe and well for the winter season.
The Hazards of the Cold
The most common types of winter injuries are those associated with slips and falls, but another possibly surprising cause of common injuries that chiropractors treat in the winter are neck and back strains due to long hours of shoveling snow. Thousands of these injuries associated with winter happen each year to people of all ages. It can be difficult to avoid them, especially away from home, but there are a few guidelines you can follow to make sure you are following all necessary precautions.
Staying Safe in the Winter
Staying safe in the Winter can be a difficult task especially considering all the hazardous elements that come with the cold, but it is possible. Making sure you have non-slip boots and adequate winter gear is important, also make sure to wear gloves when it is cold to prevent frostbite or other hand injuries as it is easier to damage your hands when they are cold as the chill has a numbing effect leading to the possibility of injury without awareness of its occurrence until after you warm up. After having the right supplies, make sure you are stretching and taking breaks often while shoveling snow or doing other outdoor work in order to stay flexible and hydrated.
One of the best tips for staying safe from slips and falls in the winter is by applying ice melt to your walkways and testing for slippery areas with a walking stick or cane so you can be aware where the best places to step are. If you are unsure of your footing, it may be a good idea to call a friend or neighbor, as they would be happy to help you make it where you’re going safely without the fear of falling. As always, if you are unsure about traveling in the winter or going outside your home, it is usually best to err on the side of caution and stay indoors.
The winter is coming quickly, so it’s time to bring out the cold gear and start getting cozy because the snow and ice will be here sooner than you know it. Even though the winter may seem daunting, if you approach the outdoors with caution and travel slowly making sure you are aware of your footing, or if you are shoveling snow, being sure to check in with your body, you can successfully and painlessly survive the winter.