As Chicago temperatures drop and snow accumulates, many Chicagoland residents may find navigating icy sidewalks more difficult. The increased risk of slipping and falling on hard surfaces can present a health hazard. One of the most common injuries caused by such a fall is a fractured wrist.
Dr. Mark Cohen, hand, wrist & elbow specialist at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush, was featured on ABC 7 News discussing this type of injury. "It's the most common fracture in the body. The most common mechanism is just to fall. You brace yourself by falling on your outstretched hand, and the force is taken up in the wrist, and the wrist typically breaks," said Dr. Cohen.
Older individuals with more brittle bones should take extra precaution when navigating the ice covered pathways.
To see the full interview visit: abclocal.go.com.