Snow and Ice Causing More Injuries


HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- More people in the Valley are getting injured as a result of the snow and ice.

It might seem obvious that people are slipping on sidewalks or driveways this time of year, but Hess Orthopedics said it is seeing 10 to 15 percent more patients this time of year because of weather-related injuries.

Lindsay McHone, who works at Hess Orthopedics, said wrist and foot fractures, as well as twisted ankles are some of the most common weather-related injuries her office sees this time of year.

The injuries often happen when people are doing simple things like walking out to their car or getting the mail, said McHone.

More injuries means more work for them and adjustments are made to their schedule.

"Usually we have spots in our schedule that we allow for walk-ins and folks that have had urgent injuries that don't necessarily need to go to the ER, but we need to see them because we don't want to have a booked schedule and then have folks that get hurt on the ice and not know where to go," said McHone.

McHone also said it is not just winter when they see more weather-related injuries, they also see a rise in the spring when more people head outside to do things and injure themselves.

Sentara RMH said they have seen about a 20 percent increase in the amount of emergency visits from slips and falls during the winter and treat on average, one person a week for hypothermia.


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