Slips, trips and falls, as well as broken bones and displaced joints may seem more appropriate to the winter months, during the cold, and wet or icy months. But summertime boasts its own bevy of injuries specific to the season. Here are the top four areas of the body which suffered the most injury during the summer of 2014.
Injuries to the neck, without question, constitute the most concerning injuries of the summer for two reasons: first, injuries to the neck may also include or result in damage to the back or spinal cord; second, this type of injury often takes place in the water, making mobilization of the area and stabilization a difficult task.
Neck injuries in the summertime are most often the result of the victim having dived into shallow water, or having dived and hit a submerged object, like a sunken tree. This cause significantly increased force to the cervical (neck) spinal cord and the surrounding ligaments and bones. If severe, neck injuries can lead to paralysis.
When a person is suspected of having sustained a neck injury, it’s imperative to minimize their movement. It is often the secondary injury—movement of the neck while moving the patient following the initial accident—that causes more damage.
Wrist and Ankle
Summer is the domain of children and adults on self-powered, wheeled machines, i.e. scooters, bicycles, skateboards. Which means more falling off and attempting to use hands out to brace the fall, causing a significant force to the wrist, which can result in a break. As a result, many times more wrist fractures are seen in urgent care and doctor’s offices between June and August. A simple solution for children (who tend to fall more often than adults), is to wear wrist splints or guards when active.
Ankles are another area of the body that see damage in the summer months—from a simple twist while walking on the beach, to a sprain resulting from a bad step taken while running. Individuals who are active should take care to wear appropriate footwear, and watch their step, especially when tired. Specializing in quad canes, “T” Handle design, cane seats, and forearm crutches, Symbius Medical offers a variety of canes and crutches from youth to adult and bariatric.
I.e., tennis or golfer’s elbow, to be exact. What could be more enjoyable than a day on the court or on the links? This increase in activity can also result in medial (on the inside) elbow pain. This type of injury occurs with repetitive swinging of a golf club or tennis racquet against different resistive surfaces (i.e. hitting from a tee versus the rough, or hitting backhand versus overhead smash). Repetitive action of this type can produce minute tears in the musculature surrounding the elbow. This condition doesn’t typically require surgery; recommended treatment includes rest, anti-inflammatory medication, and ice. Strengthening the forearm muscles can also help prevent elbow injuries.
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