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Local hospitals see uptick in ice-related injuries

Posted at 5:41 PM, Dec 04, 2018

COLORADO SPRINGS — The winter months can be especially dangerous in Southern Colorado, but not only due to the cold temperatures, local doctors say there’s also an increase in injuries due to falls.

UC Health Memorial says their E.R. staff has recently seen an influx of patients injured after slipping on snow or icy surfaces. While these falls might not seem scary, doctors have seen injuries ranging from broken wrist and ankle bones to skull and spine fractures.

They recommend treating any wet surfaces outside during the cold months as if they could be slippery, wear sturdy shoes with good tread.

Additionally if you do fall and feel ok at first, be mindful of your condition over the following days as some injuries could show up hours after the initial accident.