As the icy blast from the Siberian “Beast from the East” continues in the UK, it’s no surprise we’ve had a number of inquiries about how we can help with the aches and pains resulting from falls after a bit of skiing, sledging or snowboarding. What are the most common injuries, and what can be done?
- Whiplash: Most falls in the winter result from slipping on icy surfaces. Falling over not only impacts your body directly, but can often lead to a phenomenon more often associated with car accidents. Whilst obvious bumps and sprains are treated immediately, whiplash can take days to surface, often in the form of neck stiffness, headaches and shoulder pain. Ice can help with any inflammation and pain, whilst gently moving your head within pain limits can maintain mobility. However, if these symptoms persist, a trip to your local neuro-musculoskeletal healthcare professional would be useful to get further advice and care.
- Concussion: These types of injuries most often occur with a direct head impact, often from falling onto a hard surface or a collision with another snow-lover. Concussion can yield many symptoms including headache, dizziness/disorientation, memory loss, double vision and nausea. If any of these symptoms are noticed, a trip to the hospital is the most sensible thing to do. Even if you are sent home, do remember to continue to observe for 24 hours; concussion can be extremely serious.
- Back pain: Aches and pains from removing snow and gritting paths is common in late winter as the action of lifting and shoveling has not been on the agenda since the gardening days of autumn. Ice your lower back, rest by lying down, each for 15 minutes at most, then move around gently. A number of stretches can useful, the most common of which is the cat and camel. Preventative approaches can also be useful.
If you have any questions or would like to speak to the chiropractor, please contact us on our webpage or call 07870568548. Stay safe and enjoy the snow!