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Don't let winter sweep you off your feet

Winter's snow, sleet and ice can wreak havoc on bodies. During the winter months, people are more vulnerable to head, hand, shoulder and back injuries from slips, slides and falls. Douglas County Hospital and its supporting physicians at Heartlan...

Winter's snow, sleet and ice can wreak havoc on bodies.

During the winter months, people are more vulnerable to head, hand, shoulder and back injuries from slips, slides and falls.

Douglas County Hospital and its supporting physicians at Heartland Orthopedic Specialists offer the following tips to help you avoid injury:

  •  Frequently check for weather updates. Knowing what to expect before you step out the door can help you plan your day.
  •  Slow down. Take plenty of time to get where you are going.
  •  Watch where you step. Look out for ice on steps, sidewalks and pathways.
  •  Use proper footwear. Wear boots or shoes that provide traction and added support for your ankles.
  •  Check for railings. Use hand railings when available for added support and balance when walking on stairs and walkways.
  •  Ask for help. If you find yourself in need of assistance, don't be shy; just ask for help.

"Slips and falls as a result of winter can lead to very serious injuries if you're not careful," said Dr. Dennis P. Weigel, fracture specialist with Heartland Orthopedic Specialists. "Just a few of those injuries include fractures, concussions, sprains and strains; so remember to stay safe and warm out there."
Douglas County Hospital (DCH) partners with area orthopedists to provide orthopedic care to residents throughout west central Minnesota. In 2008, DCH expanded its services to include the Total Joint Replacement Center, a more comprehensive approach to orthopedic medicine.

Its services also include the back and neck and the upper and lower extremities. In conjunction with DCH, Heartland Orthopedic Specialists' Sports Medicine Program started in 1994 with Mike Doyle and Dr. Jefferson Brand.

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They work with nine area high schools, the Alexandria Beetles baseball team, the University of Minnesota Morris and Minnesota State Community and Technical College (Fergus Falls).

For more information on Douglas County Hospital and its supporting orthopedic surgeons, visit www.DCHospitalOrthopedics.com .

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