Local doctors kept busy treating winter, snow-related injuries
Tuesday, February 9, 2021

All this snow is beautiful -- until you slip and fall. Already there are plenty of reports of winter injuries in the Tri-State.

It took a little while to get the roads clear Tuesday and even longer in some neighborhoods to get sidewalks and parking lots clear. Local doctors said those areas kept them very busy with broken wrists and ankles from slips and falls.

But guess what else kept doctor's offices -- especially in Lawrenceburg -- busy? Perfect North Slopes. If you love to ski, Tuesday was a perfect day for that, but Dr. Brian Wissel, an orthopedic surgeon at OrthoCincy, says he's seen a mountain of injuries recently.

"A couple long bone fractures, femur fractures, tibia fractures, as well as a couple wrist fractures. And the one thing people don't really consider is you catch a ski and you twist your knee, and I've had a couple ACLs here recently as well that have come from the ski slopes," Dr. Wissel said.

Local 12 asked Dr. Wissel if there was a right way to fall on the slopes or slipping on ice. He says usually it happens so fast, it's tough to even adjust. He says prevention is a better strategy.

And speaking of prevention, heart patients should be careful not to overexert themselves clearing snow. Back injuries are also a common injury when shoveling, so it's important not to overdo it.