The recommendation of rehabilitation physicians to avoid falls and injuries from snow and ice

Updated:01/11/2021 16:26h


Filomena has left behind a thick blanket of snow that will gradually transform into ice with the anticipated frosts. The recommendation of the authorities is stay at home as long as possible, but if you have to go outside out of necessity, the Spanish Society of Rehabilitation and Physical Medicine ( SERMEF), a scientific society that brings together rehabilitation doctors in Spain, recommends “walking, both in the city and in rural areas, like penguins». «That is, keep your arms loose and extended to help maintain balance, walk slowly with short steps and without walking on tiptoe, supporting the entire sole of the foot. It is also important to lean the trunk forward a little. All this in order to maintain a solid center of gravity and not lose balance. The way that penguins walk is a clear example of how we can act in scenarios in which we see or sense the presence of snow or ice, “they advise.

Rehabilitation physicians warn that slipping falls “cause trauma and musculo-skeletal injuries due to the impact of the body on the ground.”

In this context, from the SERMEF they emphasize that «it is important to prevent these falls because can cause injury to the bone-joint systems or in the muscular (for example broken elbow and / or wrist when falling and hitting the ground when trying to cushion). These fractures can generate significant disabilities and many of them are likely to require Rehabilitation and Physical Medicine after removing the plaster or bandage.

«Ice is usually invisible and it is important avoid going through shady areas where the sun does not shine, since surely very slippery plates have been created, as well as it is of vital importance not wearing flat-soled shoes and choose one with drawings or marks on the sole so that they grip more. Of course, it is also important to be adequately warm, “they point out.

In the case of falls, rehabilitation physicians point out that, “as far as possible, you should avoid falling on your knees, spine or any limb, and try to land on a soft spot».

Once the fall has occurred, “the first thing to assess is the patient’s state of consciousness, check the damaged area and if there is damage, contact the emergency services as soon as possible, having previously immobilized the affected area”, conclude from the Spanish Society of Rehabilitation and Physical Medicine (SERMEF).

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