Take it slow! Wet leaves, slippery/icy sidewalks and parking lots can cause unexpected slips and falls during this time of the year. One who falls may experience trauma to the bones, joints, muscles or ligaments on nearly any place of the body. This trauma can cause misalignments in the spine, causing severe pain and limitations.

While older adults are most at risk for slip and fall injuries, it can happen to anyone. About 70 to 80% of falls don’t result in any significant visible injury, but that doesn’t mean the fall was without injury. It may be tempting to wait and see if you’re “ok,” but Dr. Greg Lewis of Lewis Family Chiropractic and Wellness Center recommends getting an initial evaluation to determine the extent of your injuries.

In the meantime, here are some tips to help you avoid slipping or falling.

• Slow down and shorten your stride
• Focus on where you are walking
• Don’t use your cell phone while walking
• Plan your route and think ahead to possible obstacles
• Use the handrail on stairs
• Don’t block your vision with large loads
• Don’t carry so much that your center of gravity changes
• Avoid inclines & difficult terrain when carrying objects
• Wear appropriate footwear (no high heels or flat slippery soles)
• Take advantage of floor mats when entering buildings
• Avoid walking on wet floors
• Shovel snow before it can melt and cause ice

In addition to following the tips on how to avoid slipping and falling, if you already know that you have difficulty with slips and falls, use equipment like walking sticks or canes to help support you – buy ones with the correct tips to grip in ice.

Dr. Greg and his staff has treated many patients who have suffered many different types of slip and fall injuries. With an in-depth evaluation and understanding of the circumstances surrounding your accident, we can determine the appropriate treatment without the use of drugs or unnecessary surgery. Give the Lewis Family Chiropractic and Wellness Center a call at 410-876-8885