January 2015 Newsletter
The winter months present us with some unique hazards exclusive to this time of year. Snow and ice as well as the extreme cold can be a danger to people if they do not prepare and protect themselves.
Falling and slipping on ice can cause serious injury but can easily be prevented by wearing the right type of footwear. All winter boots come with added insulation and should be waterproof or water resistant. Look for rubber-bottom boots with good traction and thick insulation. Be sure to wear moisture-wicking socks with a double layer of thick wool socks as they can absorb any moisture that gets into your boot. You should also make sure the lacing system is full in order prevent slippage and ensure a good fit.
If you don’t have any neighborhood kids to shovel your walkway, you are going to have to do it yourself. Spend a few extra dollars on an ergonomic shovel as curved or adjustable handles will be useful in minimizing bending, and a lighter, plastic blade will help reduce the amount of weight being held. Stock up on bags of sand so you or people walking along your sidewalk do not slip and fall and be sure to warm up before shoveling snow as the cold can cause stiffness and cramps.
Frostbite is a potentially serious skin condition caused by exposure to extremely cold temperatures. Be sure to cover your extremities, such as the hands, feet, nose, and ears as they are the quickest parts of the body to develop frostbite. Frostnip, the beginning stages of frostbite, turns the skin red and sore, and if you see these symptoms it is it is advised to seek shelter immediately. Frostbite can be prevented by wearing insulated layers of clothing and, most importantly, covering your hands and ears with gloves and a hat. If you develop frostbite, it is advised to visit the ER immediately.
Winter can provide us with a ton of fun activities but it can be dangerous due to icy conditions and extreme temperatures. Remember to always wear the proper clothing and heed caution when walking or driving in the snow or ice. If you are injured due to a winter related injury, Lake Country Physical Therapy & Sportscare can help in the recovery process and get you back to doing the activities you love to do!
Our Refer a Friend Program
Lake Country Physical Therapy & Sportscare, PC is proud to offer the Help a Friend Program. The Help a Friend Program is an opportunity to celebrate a double bonus. You have experienced the benefits of our services and when you refer a friend to us you receive a gift certificate to shop in downtown Canandaigua!