Winter sports can be fun and exhilarating, but they also come with a risk of injuries.
To minimize the risk of injuries during winter sports, it’s essential to use proper equipment, follow safety guidelines and be aware of your surroundings. Additionally, maintaining good physical condition and participating in sports-specific conditioning programs can help reduce the likelihood of injuries. If an injury does occur, seeking prompt medical attention is crucial for proper diagnosis and treatment.
Some of the most common winter sports injuries include:
- Sprains and Strains: Twisting or falling on the ski slopes can lead to sprains (ligament injuries) or strains (muscle or tendon injuries). The knees and ankles are particularly susceptible to these types of injuries.
- Fractures: Falls or high impact collisions can sometimes result in fractures, especially to the wrists, arms, collar bone and legs.
- Dislocations: High-impact activities, such as skiing or snowboarding, can lead to shoulder dislocations.
- Snowboarder’s Ankle: This refers to fractures or sprains of the lateral process of the talus bone in the ankle, often caused by high impact landing or twisting.
- Skier’s Thumb: A sprain or tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in the thumb, usually caused by falling with a ski pole in hand.
- Cross-Country Skiing Injuries: Overuse injuries, particularly in the knees and lower back, can occur in cross-country skiing.
If you experience an injury while having fun on the slopes or in the snow, don’t wait to get help. Advantage Orthopedic & Sports Medicine has evening hours and same-day appointments in our clinics. Seeing an orthopedic specialist can help you get the care you need and the correct diagnosis quickly, at the same time it saves you time and money on an ER or urgent care visit.
Call us for a same-day or next-day appointment is you have any of the following:
- Any injury to the bone, muscle or joints (non-life threatening)
- Injuries with swelling or pain in the shoulders, arms, hands / wrists, legs, feet / ankles
- A broken bone or suspected broken bone
- Sports injuries
- Muscle Strains
- Ligament or Tendon injuries
For more information Learn More about our injury clinic.