Winter Activity Injuries: Surgical & Non-Surgical Treatment in Columbus, OH

Now that Ohio winter is at its peak, it’s a great time to highlight potential injuries that can often happen on the slopes. Whether you are skiing, snowboarding, or tubing, the slopes can be incredibly fun for all ages. However, no matter your level of ability and experience, injuries can happen. Here are some common injuries, what to expect, and when to call us here at Hand and Microsurgery Associates in Columbus, OH.

Winter-Related Injuries in Columbus, OH

Shoulder Dislocation

This is probably the most common shoulder injury that can happen if you are trying out that new jump or just simply hit an edge wrong and take a tumble. The most common shoulder dislocation happens when the humerus (the long bone in the upper arm) dislocates to the front of the shoulder.  This generally requires a visit to the emergency room to relocate the shoulder and immobilization in a sling.  Now what happens?  Well, this depends on several factors including your age and if there are any associated injuries.

Dislocation in patients over the age of 20:

Dislocation in patients under the age of 20:

Shoulder Fractures

These are also common injuries from taking a fall on the slopes and generally from landing on the side of your shoulder. Younger patients commonly fracture their clavicle. The clavicle is an important bone that struts our shoulders and therefore our entire arm to our chest.

Clavicle (Collarbone)

Proximal Humerus

How to protect yourself and your children

If you find yourself laying in the snow unexpectedly and feel your arm injured, it is always best to seek the advice of medical personnel on the slopes.  Otherwise, during business hours, give us a call at 614-262-4263 and we can help guide you either to an appropriate emergency department or our office in Columbus, OH for a prompt visit.  When in doubt, an emergency department can always evaluate your injury as a first step.  Happy snow days!

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