Preventing Slips and Trips in the Summer

Preventing Slips and Trips in the Spring & Summer

The ice and cold weather of the winter are behind us. It’s that time of the year when thoughts turn to spring cleaning, fresh air and outdoor activities. Our vigilance for accidental trips and falls may be lowered, since sidewalks and parking lots aren’t icy or slick. But it’s just that element of surprise that can cause an accidental slip or fall, even in warm weather. Younger people are at risk for falls, too.

Outdoor hazards include:

Potholes in parking lots: The harsh Michigan winter takes a toll on parking lots, and not every business owner has the money or resources to fix problematic holes or cracks. Be vigilant and look ahead as you cross these areas, especially if you are pushing a shopping cart, which could camouflage holes.

Uneven sidewalks: Even a difference of a mere inch is enough to trip up a walker or runner out on a sunny afternoon. If you’re not nimble enough to get your feet back under you in time, you could wind up with a serious injury to a wrist or hand. Joggers are even more at risk; due to their forward momentum, they have less time to recover their balance.

Boating, skiing or tubing accidents: Weird things can happen with ropes and boats and water. Injuries to fingers can occur, and passengers getting into or out of boats should be especially careful of slippery conditions.

Indoor hazards include:

Carpeting or rugs: All of the edges of carpeting and rugs should be tacked down.

Lighting should be adjusted: Dim lighting can be a culprit, but so can lights that are too bright.

Secure the bathroom: Be sure non-slip bath mats are in place, and grab bars and even shower chairs are on hand for older family members or those with mobility limitations.

Safe Stairways: All stairways must have sturdy handrails. And be sure to use them each and every time you go up and down the stairs.

User-friendly kitchens: Keep frequently-used items at waist height, so reaching, bending and stooping are not repeatedly required. People are more likely to lose their balance if they are not standing upright, evenly balanced on both feet.

Even with diligence, accidents can’t always be prevented. Dr. Rehman and her team of experts are here to assist in the repair and recovery from injuries to the hands, wrist or upper extremities. From the initial evaluation, to the proper diagnosis and design of a comprehensive program utilizing the latest modalities and techniques, Dr. Rehman and her team of hand therapists will guide your recovery. Reach out to Dr. Rehman’s office today to learn more or to schedule an appointment