Winter is a time for fun and festivities, but it’s not without its risks. All that snow and ice can lead to increased risks of injuries if you’re not careful. Though your Wyoming physical therapy
team can help you recover after you get injured, it’s far better to prevent the injuries in the first place. Here are a few key tips to help you stay safer and reduce your risk for winter-time injuries the easy way.
Invest in Ice Grips for Your Shoes
Even the grippiest snow boots with the best traction possible won’t be enough to keep you from slipping on ice. When you do, you put yourself at risk for sprains, strains, and even bone breaks. The best way to prevent those unexpected slips and falls on slick surfaces is to buy a set of ice grips and use them when you’re outside. These grips slip over the soles of most boots and shoes and can be removed when you head indoors in a matter of seconds. They make it easier to stay upright on the ice and, though they can’t guarantee that you’ll avoid slips, they dramatically improve your grip even on the most slippery ice patch.
Stretch Before You Play
When you see the snow falling, it’s tempting to head outside immediately to romp around with your loved ones or challenge the kids to a snowball fight. While it’s fun, it’s not the best idea. You need to take the time to stretch before you head out into the snow. Warm your muscles up inside and stretch for a few minutes before bundling up and heading out. When you do, you’ll put less strain on your muscles and have more control over your range of motion. In the long run, you’ll be less likely to experience an injury even if you don’t stretch regularly in the warmer months.
Stay on Top of Snow and Ice Clearing
The best way to prevent slip and fall accidents is to get rid of ice hazards as soon as you notice them. During the winter, this means you’ll need to stay on top of regular snow shoveling and ice clearing until the snow melts. Start by shoveling the powder away quickly. Make sure to lift with your knees and avoid putting too much strain on your low back. Once you have the snow cleared away, spread a good amount of environmentally friendly ice melt over walkways and your driveway. Pay special attention to any outdoor stairs you have that may collect water and create ice. This way, you’ll have solid ground to walk on even when the rest of your yard is covered in the white stuff.
Keep Yourself Safe This Winter
Fear of injuring yourself shouldn’t keep you from enjoying the snow and all the snow sports you used to love participating in. Keep these tips in mind and you’ll be able to keep yourself and your loved ones safer during the winter months. If you do get injured and need help recovering more quickly, schedule an appointment at your closest location