Tips to Avoid Injuries from Winter Activities

According to the CDC, more than 800,000 people are taken to the hospital every year following slip and fall accidents. The risk of slipping and falling increases significantly in the winter due to ice, snow, and decreased visibility. At Chiropractic Health Clinic in Omaha, we treat dozens of patients every year for injuries from slipping, falling, and other winter activities.

How To Avoid Injuries This Winter

  • Wear sensible footwear: The first step to avoiding injuries this winter is to wear the appropriate footwear with sufficient traction.
  • Dress warmly: When your body is warm, your muscles will stay relaxed, improving your balance.
  • Find and use support: Handrails can not only help you keep your balance but recover faster if you fall.
  • Take your time: Whether you're walking or driving in the winter months, give yourself more time to get from point A to point B.
  • Avoid hazardous conditions: If the weather outside becomes too dangerous or creates dangerous driving conditions or icy pavement, stay home, and avoid non-essential travel.
  • Report hazardous conditions: If you notice slick or untreated sidewalks or pavements, report them to a property owner or business manager.

What To Do After a Winter Fall

  • Don't get up immediately. Take your time to assess how you feel before getting up to avoid injuring yourself further. 
  • If you are having trouble getting up, roll to one side, bend your knees toward you, push up with your arms, and then use your legs to stand up.
  • Call 911 if you need emergency medical care.
  • Seek chiropractic care. Chiropractic care will help to relieve your pain, improve your range of motion, and enhance your body’s natural healing process.

Chiropractor in Omaha

If you are dealing with aches and pains following a winter injury, contact Chiropractic Health Clinic in Omaha today. Our chiropractic team believes in a whole-body approach to health. We will do everything possible to help you not only heal injuries but to enjoy the greatest total wellness of your life. For more information on chiropractic care or to schedule an appointment, call us at (402) 778-5470.

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