It may be the most wonderful time of the year, but the holiday season comes with plenty of hazards, many of which will require emergency treatment, and oftentimes therapy, as well. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission about 18,100 people were treated in emergency rooms due to holiday decorating-related injuries in 2017, and in 2018, there were approximately 166,200 toy-related ER-treated injuries. When you look at those numbers alone, it becomes pretty safe to assume your therapy practice will be bustling over the next few weeks. Here are the most common injuries you will likely see.
With winter weather comes ice, and the injuries that come with slipping on it. From broken ankles to muscle strains, it is very likely you’ll see patients who have taken a dive on a patch of ice.
Whether it is off a ladder while trying to hang decorations or at holiday party after drinking a little bit too much, falls are another big holiday hazard that’ll bring patients your way.
Cuts and Burns
There is no shortage of ways to hurt oneself in the kitchen, whether it’s while slicing a holiday ham or grabbing a too-hot tray of cookies barehanded, and if you work in hand therapy, these folks are likely headed your way.
From carting around heavy luggage on holiday travels, to failing to abide by “team lift” recommendations on that brand new TV, back injuries will be abundant this holiday season.
Whether it’s sledding, skiing, or just tossing the football around in the yard with the kids, there is high potential for injuries, including fractures, sprains, and strains.
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