Winter Injury Prevention

Physical Therapy in Royal Oak, MI

Empower Physical Therapy is physical therapy in Royal Oak, MI, serving and specializing in most injuries since 2011. Although winter has many beautiful wonders that come along with it, it also can have many dangers for people, especially in the states that receive a large percentage of snow. According to the CDC, nearly 1 million Americans are injured annually due to falling on ice and snow. Every person is at risk for injuring themselves in the winter, although elderly people have a higher risk of injury.

Risk Factors of Falling or Slipping on Ice

Falling or slipping is very common and easy to achieve for any person. There are a few things that can stimulate risk factors of slipping on ice:

  • Age
  • Previous Injury
  • Lack of attention
  • Fear of Falling
  • Chronic Conditions
  • Poor Vision 

Possible Injuries

The possibilities of slipping and falling are high, but you have a chance of acquiring a minor scrape or sprain or a serious trauma. Some common injuries include:

  • Muscle sprains and ligament strains
  • Broken bones
  • Compression fractures (including spinal compression fractures)
  • Herniated discs in the spine (most commonly in the lower back)
  • Concussions caused by falling on ice and hitting your head

How to Prevent a Fall?

If preventing a fall was 100% possible no one would have injuries, but there are a few ways to avoid severe injury.

  • Try to look out for ice/black ice
  • Keep hands out of pockets so you can catch yourself 
  • Proper shoes and clothing for icy weather
  • Do not run or walk fast

How to Receive Treatment?

Treatment for your fall will depend on the severity of the injury. When you do fall, do not get up right away because you can make the injury worse. Lay there first and assess your pain before you try to get up.

No matter the level of injury, Empower Physical Therapy in Royal Oak, MI can service you. 

How Physical Therapy in Royal Oak, MI Can Help!

Empower Physical therapy in Royal Oak, MI can help you feel like yourself again. They specialize in over 20 conditions and they have a variety of different services to help your recovery. If you feel as though you do not need to see a professional, Empower Physical therapy has a ‘Medical Library’ tab on their website where you can click where you are experiencing pain and choose if you want treatment, exercise, physician, or article information. 

Contact Empower Physical Therapy Today!

Even if you are in good condition or injured, stop by Empower Physical therapy in Royal Oak, MI to strengthen your body. Take a look at our website and feel free to make an appointment today!