Weather & Your Health: Cold Weather Fall Prevention

By Jason Meyers
By Eric Dutkiewicz

January 18, 2013 Updated Jan 18, 2013 at 7:12 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) - Winter can be an apprehensive time for many, especially when snow and ice make roads and sidewalks treacherous.

Doctors at Parkview Health say they see their fair share of whether-related accidents.

"We see quite a few people that really either injure their back from slipping," Dr. Tom Gutwein, emergency department medical director at Parkview Regional Medical Center, says. "Or those people that end up completing the fall and fall on their arm and maybe break their wrist."

Dr. Gutwein says treatment of the injury depends on what hurts.

"If you've fallen and you've injured yourself, and you feel like the arm is deformed in any way, shape, or form, then you probably need to go to the emergency department to get that taken care of right away. If it's just swollen and sore, then you're usually fine giving it and putting some ice on there and trying to let things settle down from 24 to 48 hours," he says.

Since going outside is unavoidable, it's recommended to shovel snow before it compresses and freezes. Also, a bit of salt will help speed up the process of cleaning a driveway.

Wear shoes with rubber soles or boots, even if that means changing into nicer shoots when you get to work.

And as always, keep your eye on Pinpoint VIPIR HD for the latest forecasts to better plan your day when snow or ice arrives.

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