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ER's busy with slip and fall injuries on ice

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If you've been outside at all in the last month, you've probably experienced a few slips and maybe a fall, but don't worry you're not alone. If you've been outside at all in the last month, you've probably experienced a few slips and maybe a fall, but don't worry you're not alone.
Dr. Samuel Carter Dr. Samuel Carter
Matthew Kirven Matthew Kirven

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – The slippery conditions are leading to more emergency room visits.

If you've been outside at all in the last month, you've probably experienced a few slips and maybe a fall, but don't worry you're not alone.

Inside the Norton Orthopaedic and Hand Center, it's been busier than usual.

"The most common thing we see are broken bones, wrists, elbows, ankles, knee caps, even hips, a lot of it just depends on how you land and how hard you fall," said Dr. Samuel Carter, Norton orthopaedic surgeon.

Dr. Carter said to avoid accidents take it slow.

"People are in more a hurry to get out of the wind and maybe you are walking a little faster than you want to or than you usually do when you get out and that makes you more prone to a slip or a fall," said Carter.

In order to take it easy in these single digit temps, you have to have good clothing. Over at Quest Outdoors in St. Matthews, sales associate Matthew Kirven knows a thing or two about surviving a brutal winter.

"We sell a lot of wool, which is a great natural fiber," said Kirven.

Did you know mittens are warmer than gloves?

"When you are wearing a glove, you're fingers are all separated and they are going to be cold on their own basically, but when you are in a mitten you are going to have your fingers all together and it will be much warmer," said Kirven.

A product called Yak Tracks will make walking on ice a breeze. "It's basically a rubber thing that stretches around the bottom of your shoe and it has a steel wire kind of rolled around on it," said Kirven.

Whether it's a hat or a coat the key to staying warm is wind stopper fabric.

"A quick way to tell is by blowing on the fabric and you can't feel it coming through on your hands, it feels like you are breathing into a bag," said Kirven.

Dr. Carter said a good thing about a lot of slip and fall injuries is the majority do not require surgery.

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