February 25th, 2010

The five basic flavors of winter injuries

By Kelley Luckstein

Thermal: Prolonged exposure to cold temperatures, especially with wind, Cardiovascular: Overworking the heart is very easy when dealing with heavy snow, Overus: Produces tendonitis and muscle strains, primarily in the upper extremities and back, Fractures: Slipping on slick snow or ice can result in serious injuries, Trauma: The most common hand trauma results from snow blower injuries…

 

"There was one particularly bad night of a blizzard here when I was on call — I took care of 11 patients in a four-hour period with snow blower injuries. Rochester had 23 fewer fingers the next morning," said Mayo Clinic orthopedic surgeon Dr. Richard Berger, who offered this list of tips.

 

Post-Bulletin, 2/22/2010

Tags: Dr. Berger, Orthopedics, winter injuries

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