Common Winter Sports Orthopedic Injuries

February 21st, 2018 | in Physiotherapy White Rock

With the winter season comes ample opportunity for us to accidentally injure ourselves. Ice and snow make navigating the streets difficult – parking lots, sidewalks, and driveways are all potential cause of danger. But among the scares, winter also brings with it a plethora of fun sports that we can’t always participate in year-round. Unfortunately many of these winter sports also bring potential for injury, and it is best to be cautious when participating in them.

Here are some of the most common winter sports injuries.

Wrist Fracture

This type of injury commonly occurs when someone lands on an outstretched hand to break their fall (think skating or snowboarding falls). Most commonly, this injury happens during ski and snowboard trips or similar falls in the wintertime. Wrist fracture is one of the most common winter injury – it is typically treated by placing the wrist in a cast.

Ankle Fracture

A broken ankle is one of the most prevalent types of fracture. Usually an ankle fracture occurs from a fall or twisting motion on the ankle – often surgery is necessary to ensure proper alignment during the healing process.

Metatarsal Stress Fracture

These types of stress fractures are especially common in winter months due to a person’s increase in activities such as ice skating, skiing, and shovelling snow. These stress fractures can be very painful, and surgery may become necessary if it is not allowed time to heal.

Finger Fracture

Finger fractures require appropriate treatment to ensure that there is not a limited range of mobility once the fracture has healed. Finger fractures also tend to be quite painful until treated.

Hand Fracture

Many hand fractures can be treated with application of a simple waterproof cast. Some more serious hand fractures may require surgery, especially if there is damage to the joints.

If you feel you have injured yourself during a winter sport, it is important to have the injury checked as promptly by a doctor.

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