Slips and falls are one of the leading causes of back injuries and can occur both at home, at the workplace, and at just about any business or establishment we visit.
Some slip and fall injuries come as the result of conditional variables. Have you ever slipped and fell in a nasty patch of ice during the winter?
Associates in Chiropractic Family Health and Wellness Center P.A. discusses how to avoid slip and fall injuries and what to do when one occurs below.
Keep Your Head on a Swivel
Many slips and falls can be avoided by simply paying attention to our surroundings. Our lives have gotten so comfortable that many of us walk the streets staring down at our smartphones, which is the absolute worse thing you can do in a world where random accidents happen every second. Make it a point to be more alert and you’ll experience fewer injuries, accidents, and uncomfortable situations.
Wear Good Shoes
Try to choose footwear with plenty of traction. If you work at a job that has you on your feet and walking on smooth surfaces often, choose slip-resistant footwear. Always try to pay a little more when buying work shoes — you’ll be spending a lot of your time in them.
Wear any applicable safety gear, keep safe conditions at work and at home, and practice best safety measures daily to avoid slip and fall injuries.
Many of us who slip manage to avoid the fall by being quick and adaptable on our feet. If that’s you, then kudos!
However, if you find yourself in a slip and fall situation and you lose your footing, try to roll with it to ensure minimal damage is experienced. Try to fall flat on your butt, if you can. Try to protect your head and tuck your arms in. Avoid falling directly on your hip or your tailbone.
The next time you take your kids or nephew or niece to tumble class pay closer attention — you might just learn a thing or two that will save your back.
If you do experience a slip and fall injury, chiropractic treatments can help! Contact Associates in Chiropractic Family Health and Wellness Center P.A. today to learn more.