Ways to Prevent Ice-Related Back Injuries
Injuries related to slipping and falling on ice are common every Winter, especially in the Northeast. Thousands of people experience injuries related to slipping on the ice in the United States alone, and most of these injuries affect the back. As the snow begins to follow and roads start to freeze over, here are some tips to prevent yourself from becoming the next victim of slipping on the ice.
Use Appropriate Footwear
If your go-to footwear is sneakers or dress shoes, there is a high probability of slipping as these shoes tend to have less traction against the ice. The best way to avoid a nasty fall is to invest in a pair of winter boots with ankle support. The winter tread will keep you steady, and in the unfortunate event you do fall, your ankle support will prevent it from rolling. You can change into your beloved sneakers or dress shoes when you get to your destination.
Shovel Your Pathways Frequently
Do not procrastinate shoveling your pathways and driveways, as freshly fallen snow can turn into ice at a quick rate. You need to dig your pathways before that can happen. After shoveling away the snow, consider using sand, salt, or other de-icing solutions to slow the development of ice.
Be Cautious When You Walk
Always be aware of what you are walking and stepping on, even when it is not cold out! Check the pathways in from of you if you’re unsure. If you see ice and cannot avoid it, you need to be safe and proceed with caution. Take small, steady steps and put your arms out in a “T” pose to increase your balance.
Many falls happen when someone is exiting a vehicle. To avoid this, look down into what you are stepping to and use the car’s handles to steady yourself. Rushing out of the car is not worth the fall.
If you do slip, fall in a way to minimize the injury inflicted on you. Do this by tucking your head to your chest, holding your arms and in, and landing on your buttocks. This is best to avoid and a head injury.
In the unfortunate scenario that you fall and still injure yourself, we’re here to help you! Contact Access To Health as soon as possible to set up an appointment to support your back!