By Sam Cortes, Communications Coordinator
By Rickie Walkden, PT
Director and Senior Therapist, Sport Manitoba Clinic
‘Tis the season to enjoy hot cocoa by the fireplace, spend time with family and friends, and revel in the holiday cheer – it’s also the season to slip on ice and break an ankle or hip bone, dislocate a shoulder, tear your rotator cuff or strain your back.
Sounds harsh, I know. But Winnipeg is one of the toughest cities to live in during the winter. Our icy streets and slippery sidewalks can lead to all kinds of painful tumbles and falls on hard, frozen surfaces.
Although we can’t prevent accidents from happening, here are some simple steps to avoid slipping on ice:
- Make sure of your surroundings
Falls happen more often when we’re in a rush and not paying attention. If there’s ice lurking under that light layer of fluffy, pretty snow, be sure to walk slowly, use handrails, and try to move around in well-lit areas.
- Bring a friend! Or ask a stranger
An arm to hang onto is always helpful for stability. As we age, our balance and mobility decrease somewhat, so don’t be afraid to ask for help.
- Utilize walking aids
This covers everything from a cane or walker, to special shoes with spikes, or a less expensive option of coils or spikes that you can put on the outer soles of your shoes or boots.
If an accident does happen, and they do all the time, we can help with any nasty injury! Just make an appointment online or call 204-925-5944.
Happy Holidays and stay safe this winter season!