weather tends to cause a spike in visits to the emergency
department, and wrist injuries are one of the biggest reasons.
Dr. Sanj Kakar, an orthopedic hand and wrist surgeon at Mayo
Clinic, says walking on ice and snow can be treacherous and
force people to make tough split-second decisions.
if you think when you fall, youíre going to put your wrist
out. And what will happen is that will brace your fall, and
all your body weight goes through there," Kakar says.
always sees an increase in wrist injuries immediately after
winter storms, especially among older people whose bones may
become weak over time because of conditions like osteoporosis.
cases, Kakar says four to six weeks in a cast to let the bone
heal is the best treatment, assuming itís lined up properly,
but sometimes surgery is necessary.
avoiding a wrist injury when you fall on ice is difficult.
think when we fall, itís a split-second decision on how weíre
going to fall," Kakar says. "And the problem is if
you fall onto your wrist, thereís a high chance of a wrist
fracture. If you fall down, for example, on your hip, then
thereís a hip fracture."
says if you have to walk in snow or on ice, itís best to
slow down and have something or someone to hold onto in case
you start to fall.