With the Utah winter here in full swing, there are a few risks of physical injury that tend to increase for most people in various areas. Due to a combination of cold weather, precipitation and shorter (and therefore darker) days than the rest of the year, there are a few potential hazards that become a bit riskier this time of year.
At Peterson Chiropractic, we’re here to help if you’ve fallen victim to any of these risks. While some of our primary services are in the auto accident chiropractic and whiplash treatment realm, we’re also happy to provide treatment for various other forms of pain, whether caused by chronic issues or some kind of specific physical injury. In addition, we regularly provide our patients with tips and expertise on how to avoid the kinds of situations or risks that injured them in the first place — let’s go over some of the most common winter injury types out there and how to avoid them in this two-part blog series.
For reasons most of us are aware of, there are many situations where driving in winter can be more treacherous than in other seasons. Between the dangers of black ice and slick surfaces, combined with drivers who may not be as experienced in winter conditions, the roads can be a hazardous place.
In addition to always being sure to drive defensively and respectfully of other drivers, there are a few ways to stay safe on the road this winter. One involves always ensuring your car is cleared of snow and any other debris before hitting the road. This may seem like an obvious suggestion, but many people don’t realize just how important it is until they’re trying to brake on an icy surface and their car starts fishtailing.
Another key safety tip for winter driving is to always keep a few supplies in your car in case of an emergency. This includes keeping a blanket and an ice scraper, as well as extra windshield washer fluid. Even if you don’t end up involved in a car accident, these supplies can help you avoid getting stuck on the side of the road and wait for assistance (which may not be coming quickly enough).
Slips and Falls
Due to the presence of ice, including often-hidden black ice, and the slickness of snow, slips and falls are a common occurrence during winter. This can be especially dangerous for the elderly, as they are more likely to suffer serious injuries from a fall.
In order to prevent slips and falls, it’s important to take a few precautions when walking in winter weather. One is to always use appropriate footwear. This means wearing shoes or boots with good grip, especially if you’ll be walking on ice. It’s also important to avoid walking in high heels, as these can easily lead to a fall.
Another key prevention measure is to be aware of your surroundings. This means taking your time when walking, and paying attention to where you’re stepping.
In part two of our series, we’ll go over a few other common winter risks to avoid. For more on this, or to learn about any of our chiropractic care services to Utah patients, speak to the staff at Peterson Chiropractic today.