Let’s Move Quad Cities: How To Prevent Common Wintertime Injuries

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The holidays are officially over. However, as all the decorations come down, the risk of you getting hurt goes up.

"One of the biggest things we see is people falling off ladders," said Dr. Mike Pyevich with ORA Orthopedics. "They can get knee injuries. They can get hip injuries. They can get spine injuries when they land, but heel bone injuries have been a big one this year. I have three people right now that have both of their heel bones broken - all from falling off ladders."

Every year, around 40,000 people end up in the ER from holiday-related injuries. That number more than triples when it comes to snow sports.

"I see some elbow and shoulder injuries, but a lot of times it's knees," said Dr. Pyevich. "People tear ACLs. They'll tear meniscus from slipping on the slopes."

Even if you're not athletic, you can still hurt yourself simply by shoveling or even walking.

"Whenever you get any sort of fresh snow and people are use to having their footing, you'll see a lot of wrist injuries," Dr. Pyevich explained. "You'll see a lot of ankle injuries and in the elderly, we see a lot of hip fractures."

He said preventing all these injuries is easy. When you're on the slopes, be sure to wear protective gear. If you're on a ladder, make sure it is rated for your weight, it's on solid footing, and have someone there to hold it for you.

"You want to get out and be active," Dr. Pyevich said. "You want to go out and do the skiing. You want to go out and do the snowboarding. You want to decorate your house - just do it safely."

*Let’s Move QC is a monthly segment on WQAD. It’s all about being the best version of you by introducing viewers to real people in the Quad Cities who are doing just that, with a little extra help from the surgeons at ORA Orthopedics. The stories air every month (usually the last Monday of the month) during News 8 at 5 p.m.