Staying safe in the winter months
It’s winter time, which means cold, snow, and ice are here to stay for a while. With all the fun winter has in store, it also means that more accidents can happen. Here are a few tips to help you stay healthy this season:
-Walk on footpaths where there is no ice to get better traction.
-When using stairs outdoors, take slow, shorter steps and hold an available handrail.
-Bend with your knees when snow shoveling.
-When the path to your destination is slick, be careful about lifting or carrying heavy objects, such as luggage or gear, as you are more likely to slip. Ask for help when available.
-Wear helmets when doing outdoor sports such as ice skating, sledding or skiing.
-Warm up before participating in outdoor sports. Warm muscles are less likely to get injured.
-Drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration while doing outdoor activities.
It’s important to have fun and enjoy your favorite activities in these winter months, but if you find yourself needing immediate care, OrthoCare Express is an excellent option. OrthoCare Express is the walk-in, orthopedic-specific urgent care service of OrthoConnecticut, the region’s leading multispecialty orthopedic practice. OrthoCare Express has convenient locations in Danbury, Darien, Norwalk and Westport, providing Fairfield and Westchester County residents with direct access to Orthopedic Surgeons and orthopedically-trained Physician Assistants who can immediately diagnose and treat the full range of orthopedic emergencies, from broken bones from falls on the ice to knee ligament injuries from skiing.
Many urgent care offices exist, but OrthoCare Express is unique in that it is “orthopedic focused” which enables patients to avoid the step of seeing a generalist at another urgent care office who is not qualified to diagnose a musculoskeletal injury or ailment. A walk-in appointment at OrthoCare Express ensures that the patient promptly sees a highly trained, Board Certified orthopedic specialist or PA the first time - saving time, money and limiting the often painful interim period until treatment is delivered.
“We are delighted to be able to provide the finest orthopedic care on an emergency basis to people across Fairfield and Litchfield Counties in Connecticut, and to Westchester County in New York, states Sports Medicine specialist, Dr. Michael Brand. “Having trained, orthopedic specialists available so readily for emergency care has made OrthoCare Express desirable for patients driving from as far as 30-50 miles away and our 4 locations meet the growing demand,” he adds.
OrthoCare Express does not require an appointment. With on-site digital X-ray and all the resources to cast or brace right in the office, an emergency visit to OrthoCare Express provides the most efficient emergency orthopedic service in the region.
So, stay safe by being prepared and cautious so that you can enjoy all that winter has to offer. However, if you find yourself needing immediate orthopedic attention, skip the ER and go straight to the source at OrthoCare Express in Danbury, Darien, Norwalk and Westport. For more information and specific locations hours, visit https://myorthoct.com/orthocare-express.