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Ice Injuries Up; Specific Ways to Fall in Icy Conditions
CENTERVILLE -- Tonight, local doctors have their hands full because of the snow and ice.
Kettering Medical Center and its network of hospitals saw 50 people Monday with injuries from falling on snow and ice.
Once the freezing temperatures turn the snow and rain into ice, drivers aren't the only ones who need to be concerned.
"I usually slip and fall down and get back up, but I'm getting a little older. It's getting harder now," said Mike Daley of Kettering while shoveling his snow.
"We saw 58 patients in a 12-hour shift and normally we see about 40," said ER Physician John Kihm.
He says the icy streets are to blame.
"Most of the injuries are when people try to catch themselves so we will see a lot of hand injuries, wrist injuries where people bend it backwards," said Kihm. "Twisted knees, torn ligaments, twisted ankles, we will see a lot of strains and sprains, as well as fractures."
Obviously, if you don't have to walk in the conditions, don't. Just stay home. If you do have to, take it slow and watch every step. And if you do start to fall, there's actually a technique to it.
"As we go down, we roll the hands and it helps to keep the hands down and dissipate the force a little bit as we stay close to the ground," said Jeremy Roadruck, who is trained in martial arts and has mastered the technique of falling with minimal injury. "Once you curve and get low, 90 percent of the problem is gone because there's nothing left to get broken."
His mom slipped on ice a few years ago.
"She will never be able to drive a car, her vision is slightly off," Roadruck said.
After that, Roadruck decided he would teach others his techniques.
"The reality is, you're going to fall. The ground is always going to catch you but it's not always gentle, so how can you mitigate that as much as possible? Obviously you can't stop the fall all the time, but how could you recover yourself so you are not hurt?" asks Roadruck.
And the problem spans through all ages. And sometimes it's not the first fall that sends them to the hospital.
"They try to get back up again. The problem is if their balance is slightly out of whack and they get up too fast, they can fall again immediately and the second fall is sometimes worse than the first fall because they are out-of-control and unstable."
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