How to Prevent Orthopedic Injuries This Holiday Season

One slip and fall accident can quickly cut short your holiday festivities. That is why Regional Medical Center of San Jose hopes to bring greater awareness of orthopedic injuries to the San Jose region. The holiday season can put you and your family at a higher risk for orthopedic injuries from holiday-related activities. By following these prevention suggestions, you can better ensure that you and your loved ones stay injury-free during the holidays.

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Put Up Decorations with Friends
Decorating your home with festive décor might be an annual tradition, but trying to lift a Christmas tree or set up an outdoor sleigh can result in a painful herniated disc or strained back muscle. When the time comes to make your home merry and bright, enlist the help of a friend, family member, or neighbor. Many holiday decorations are too large, heavy, or awkward to handle on your own. Reduce your risk of a back injury by reducing the weight you must carry.

Secure All Climbing Equipment
Never should more than one person climb a ladder at a time. However, that doesn’t mean that only one person should be handling a ladder at a time. No matter how quick the task or close the reach, do not attempt to climb a ladder without having another person monitoring the stability of the equipment. A shaky ladder could cause you to fall and sustain injury to your back, hips, or knees.

Keep Holiday Clutter Out of the Way
Are you often telling your children to put their toys away? Now is the time of year to make sure that everyone in your household does his or her part to clear clutter from common walkways. A stray present, decoration, or toy could prove the catalyst for a dangerous trip and fall accident. So to avoid incurring orthopedic harm this holiday season, make sure that everyone in your home puts each item in its rightful place.

In the event that you sustain an orthopedic injury, Regional Medical Center of San Jose can help. Our emergency center can attend to your immediate medical concerns, and our orthopedics department can address your long-term health needs. Call us at (408) 259-4000 for more information on our specialty units for San Jose patients.

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