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Utah Winter Injury Risks: Skiing, Snow Shoveling, Joint Stiffness

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some basics on the risks of physical injury that may increase for many people during the winter period. Certain such risks, including car accidents, may even require specific forms of treatment, such as chiropractic care, but you can also take steps to avoid these risks in the first place.

At Peterson Chiropractic, we’re happy to offer a wide range of auto accident chiropractic treatments and whiplash solutions for Utah clients — but we also regularly offer clients, especially high-risk clients, tips on how to avoid the common injuries we see. While part one of our series went over car accidents and slip and fall incidents, today’s part two will look at a few other types we also regularly treat, plus how to avoid them.

Skiing and Sports Injuries

Utah is home to a number of winter sports, including skiing, snowboarding, sledding, ice skating and more. While these are all fun ways to pass the time in the winter months — especially for young people, who are at higher risk of injuries even without taking any extra factors into account — they’re also dangerous if the right precautions aren’t taken.

Many people suffer sports injuries during Utah winters each year, often as the result of not wearing proper protection. Skiers, snowboarders and other winter sports enthusiasts are especially at risk for head injuries if they don’t wear helmets when on the slopes or in off-trail areas, although knee injuries are also common.

In fact, while some only think of whiplash as an injury that occurs during car accidents, many Utahns also unwittingly suffer from it as a result of playing sports during the winter months. Sports injury chiropractic treatments can help those who have been hurt recover from their injuries.

Snow-Shoveling Injuries

Another common type of basic injury in a place like Utah comes from shoveling snow. Anyone who has spent time in the Salt Lake Valley during a winter storm knows how exhausting and potentially dangerous shoveling snow can be, and it can result in more than just fatigue and sore muscles.

A number of Utahans often suffer both minor and serious injuries as a result of shoveling snow each year, especially when the snow is heavy, wet and especially deep. Hand injuries can be common among those who don’t use ergonomically designed shovels that help distribute weight properly to reduce strain, while back injuries can result from improper methods or when shoveling in general.

General Joint Stiffness

Finally, whether due to age, weather, injury or other factors, joint stiffness is a common problem that leads to a huge array of issues during the winter. Joint pain can greatly affect an individual’s ability to function normally and may lead to further issues depending on the severity of the pain, especially for those with pre-existing conditions. There are a number of methods for reducing joint pain, from proper stretching and use of ice packs to seeing a chiropractor for chronic such pain.

For more on the kinds of winter injury risks you may be facing, or to learn how to avoid them and how our Utah chiropractors will assist if any of them crops up, speak to the staff at Peterson Chiropractic today.

Peterson Chiropractic is led by Doctor Bradley Peterson, who grew up in Davis County and attended the University of Utah.

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