When spring weather beckons you to get outside and get active, the last thing you want is a trip to the emergency room for treatment of an injury that could leave you sidelined until the fall. With just a few simple steps, you can keep injuries at bay while still enjoying the activities you love. Reduce your risk of a springtime sports injury with these tips.
Warm up before you begin
As Fred Redfern, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, discusses in this video, warming up before you begin any physical activity is crucial in preventing injuries.
When you warm up, you stretch your muscles slowly and get your blood pumping so that it is not such a shock to your system when you begin more rigorous activity. If you fail to warm up and jump right into activity, you have a higher risk of pulling or tearing a muscle, tendon or ligament.
Increase your conditioning slowly
If you have spent most of the winter on the couch, don’t expect to jump into a physically demanding activity right away. Slowly increase your fitness levels as you start a new activity regime. If your physical conditioning is not advanced enough for the activity you’re attempting, your body may be too fatigued to maintain proper form, which could lead to an injury.
Use the appropriate safety gear
Never participate in any physical activity without the necessary safety gear. From helmets to face masks and shin guards, safety equipment protects you from broken bones, concussions, broken teeth and eye injuries, which all require emergency care. Make sure your safety gear fits you correctly, and replace it if it becomes worn or damaged.
If an injury does occur, the emergency care team in Las Vegas at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center is on standby to provide urgent treatment so you can get back in the game fast. Learn more about our ER or get a referral to a physician by calling (702) 233-5300.
Pets bring joy and unconditional love to everyday life, but are they safe for high-risk patients? Every year, emergency care physicians treat thousands of patients for fall-related injuries caused by pets. Seniors are at a high risk of falls because of impaired balance, coordination, reaction time, and vision. Additionally, having osteoporosis can turn a simple fall into a long-term disability. Yet, for many people, the emotional health benefits of companion animals outweigh the risks. Here at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, our emergency care physicians encourage seniors in Las Vegas to take preventive steps to improve safety around pets.
Seeing a Pet Trainer
Dogs may inadvertently cause falls during their daily walks. Consider taking your dog to a professional trainer to teach him or her to learn to walk beside you, rather than in front of you. Dogs should also be taught not to pull at the leash and not to jump up on people to greet them.
Walking Your Dog
Some dogs may resist obedience training. For some people who are at a high risk of fractures, it may be wise to hire a dog walker. If you do walk your dog yourself, be aware of potential hazards that may lead to a fall, such as dizziness and heat-related illnesses. Certain medications can cause dizziness and seniors are at a particularly high risk of heat-related illnesses, which can cause fainting.
Minimizing Pet-Related Clutter
Inside the home, pets can indirectly contribute to falls. A cat or dog may scatter toys around the home or nudge the food bowl out of its designated area. These objects are tripping hazards. You can reduce the risk of tripping and falling by keeping the home well-lit and minimizing the number of toys available to your pets.
Adding Collar Accessories
In many cases, people have required emergency care after tripping over their pets. Consider attaching a small bell to your pet’s collar. The motion-activated sound will let you know if your furry friend is nearby.
If you or a loved one sustains serious injuries from a fall, please call 911 right away for emergency care . General questions about the medical services available at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center may be directed to a registered nurse at (702) 233-5300. Our hospital staff in Las Vegas is committed to empowering patients with the resources and information they need to live life well.