Dr. Diego Villacis, an orthopaedic surgeon with the Northshore Orthopaedic Institute in Evanston, shared with the Daily Herald Newspaper that
Like clockwork, Chicago winters usher in a deep freeze, usually with ice and snow.
While that’s not surprising, I am taken aback by how many ankle and wrist fractures I treat from people slipping and sliding. It’s only a ground-level fall, but if you are not careful you can really hurt yourself, especially on outdoor steps.
For those anxious to hit the slopes, here’s some sobering news: More than 246,000 people were treated at hospitals, doctors’ offices, and emergency rooms for injuries related to winter sports in 2015, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
• 88,000 injuries from snow skiing
• 61,000 injuries from snowboarding
• 50,000 injuries from ice skating
• 47,000 injuries from sledding, tobogganing, and snow tubing
Even the hardiest Midwesterners could use some tips (or reminders) about staying injury-free this winter, whether you’re skiing, shoveling or simply dashing out to get the mail. Read more