Health professionals urge caution, discuss common winter injuries |  CIProud.com

With the wintertime comes the inevitable slips, falls, twists, and turns.

The white snow cloaks the ground, and freezing rain essentially converts the concrete into ice rinks.

Since the icy mix can create potentially slippery slopes all the way to the emergency room, health leaders are reminding the public of some common injuries and unexpected dangers of the winter weather.

“One of the most common injuries we see during the winter is a slip and a fall onto outstretch wrists or what we call the FOOSH,” Dr. Ramsey Ellis, a hand surgeon with OSF HealthCare, said. “People fall, they fall onto their wrists and hands, and they sustain radius fractures.”

Ellis said these types of injuries can require medical operations to correct. In addition to walking slow and steady, she said one of the best ways to keep from taking the frigid tumble is to wear footwear with appropriate tread.

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