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4 Common Orthopedic Injuries During the Holidays

The holidays present a wonderful time to celebrate with loved ones and get things done around the house; however, if you are not careful, the holidays can also be a time of great risk for orthopedic injuries.

In fact, orthopedic injuries are actually quite common during the holidays due to numerous hazards around the house while you are preparing decorations and celebrating. Plus, there are so many places to go and things to see around the First Coast (and across the world).

If you are not careful, you could end up devoting your holiday season to looking for an orthopedic surgeon in Jacksonville, FL. The following article includes the four (4) most common injuries that we see during the holiday season that (hopefully) you will be able to avoid this year.

#1 – Driving Around Town & On the Highways

Due to the number of after-work parties, family gatherings, and places to shop, there are numerous places to drive and additional cars on the road. This increase in traffic leads to more traffic accidents. The impact of traffic accidents often results in injuries to the bones, joints, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. These injuries can require a lengthy recovery process, which can limit your ability to perform everyday tasks and your mobility while you are healing. Being mindful of what time of day and which routes you take during the holidays can help reduce your risk of traffic accidents.

#2 – Falling from Heights

The lights are beautiful this time of year. They look exceptionally appealing when they are on the rooftops and awnings of a house, which unfortunately, requires a ladder and increases your chances of falling off of the roof or a ladder. This can cause a host of orthopedic injuries that would require immediate care and possibly surgery, if the fall is bad enough. Having someone to hold the ladder for you can help make ensure that you have a solid footing and the ladder doesn’t slide or fall off the house, taking you with it.

#3 – Lifting, Twisting, and Bending

There are so many things that require lifting, twisting, and bending, and for some of us, these are things we haven’t done to our bodies since last year. Don’t be afraid to ask for help lifting the tree or boxes you have in storage. Breathing, stretching and staying hydrating with lots of water will also help to keep your body nimble during the holiday season. When you are dehydrated, you are more likely to injure yourself.

#4 – Slipping & Sliding on Slick Surfaces

Similar to falling, there are more injuries that can be sustained during the holidays, like from slipping or sliding on slick surfaces. There are a few indoor ice rinks in Jacksonville, FL, that can pose a risk for orthopedic injuries. We also experience extreme temperature changes and lots of humidity, which can make the floors and various surfaces more wet and slippery than usual. Take care while attending events both outside and indoors. Be mindful of your shoe choices and plan accordingly to ensure you reduce your risk of slipping and the need for an orthopedic surgeon in Jacksonville, FL, during the holidays.

As a division of North Florida Surgeons, OrthoEdge is a premier multi-specialty surgical group in the Southeastern United States. We treat shoulder pain, hip pain, knee pain, and sports injuries, and we also perform knee and hip surgery. To better serve our patients across Northeast Florida and South Georgia, we have two offices, one in Jacksonville and one in Macclenny.

During your appointments, you will be seen directly by one of our highly credentialed, board certified orthopedic surgeons. Our orthopedic surgeons will work directly with you to determine the best course of action to help you regain your edge and get you back to your regular pace, in the most minimally invasive way possible.

If you experience any orthopedic injuries during the holidays that require the need for an orthopedic surgeon for immediate treatment, a second opinion, or surgery, we are here for you. Call (904) 204-5000 to speak with one of our friendly staff members today.

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