Avoid Strains and Sprains This Holiday Season

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Avoid Strains and Sprains This Holiday Season

By |2020-01-03T08:35:06+00:00January 6th, 2020|Blog|

The festive time is almost upon us. In fact, many people have already started putting up Christmas decorations in anticipation of the holiday. However, the merry season has a dark side, with the highest percentages of injuries in the country taking place during it.

According to a recent study, installing Christmas lights is a common cause of falls, and can even lead to severe trauma. The injuries range from spinal to neurological, depending on the circumstances and the height from which the person suffers a fall.

Here are some helpful tips that will keep you from getting injured this holiday season:

Ladder Safety

Using a ladder any time of the year is quite dangerous. However, during the festive season, the addition of snow and ice makes it even more dangerous.

On average, a person who has been injured by falling off a ladder spends a week to 15 days in the hospital. Be safe by having someone hold the ladder steady while you are climbing and avoid using it in wet and slippery conditions.

Be Careful While Driving

The number of motor vehicle accidents increases as the holiday season gets closer. This can be due to several factors, including weather conditions and an increased number of intoxicated merrymakers driving on the roads.

To ensure your safety, be cautious of road conditions and other drivers while driving. You should also avoid driving too soon after consuming eggnog or other alcoholic beverages.

Take It Easy Over the Holidays

Another common cause of injuries during the holiday season is overworking and overstraining yourself. Last-minute holiday shopping and dealing with the chaos of guests coming and going over the holidays can cause fatigue and increases the chance of injuries such as stress fractures, sprains, and strains.

Give yourself a much-needed break now and then and get a massage. This will give your muscles a chance to relax and prevent any nasty accidents.

Get In Touch With Our Massage Therapists This Holiday Season!

Getting a professional massage or a physiotherapy session can help you unwind when the stress of the holidays gets too much.

Sports & Exercise Medicine Institute offers the services of physiotherapists and massage specialists in the Greater Toronto Area. We also offer innovative non-surgical treatment options and expert diagnoses for sports-related injuries and other musculoskeletal conditions.

Our full range of services includes massage therapy, physiotherapy, custom knee braces, foot pain podiatry, shockwave therapy, massage therapy, and neck and shoulder pain treatments.

Contact us now to schedule an appointment!

About: Dr. Douglas Stoddard is a sports medicine physician and is the Medical Director of the Sports & Exercise Medicine Institute (SEMI). After receiving his medical degree from the University of Toronto, he trained in Australia at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra, obtaining his Master Degree in Sports Medicine. He is also a diplomat of the Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine and has his focussed practice designation in Sport Medicine from the Ontario Medical Association. Dr. Stoddard is a consultant to the Canadian Military and has consulted with well over 30,000 unique patients in his career. Dr. Stoddard is constantly searching for new and promising therapies to help SEMI patients, and is responsible for developing the RegenerVate Medical Injection Therapy Program. He is the proud father of two boys, is an avid triathlete and occasional guitar player.

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