Spring is finally here! And since the weather is nice outside, more and more people are getting outside to do their favorite outdoor activities. Whether it's running, hiking, or gardening in the backyard, there are plenty of activities to be done outside. However, these activities can also pose the risk of injury. From minor cuts and scrape to more serious injuries that require a visit to the emergency room in hospital, it's important to be aware of these potential injuries. Because of this, we've compiled a list of some of the common injuries seen in spring.
Knee and ankle injuries: Because people are more active in the warmer seasons, there is generally an increase in knee and ankle injuries. These injuries are commonly seen among runners and hikers and can put a serious damper on someone's ability to do their favorite outdoor activities. If a knee or ankle injury does occur, it's important to seek medical care at an urgent care clinic. If you try to continue walking on the injured leg, you may further the injury. A physician will determine if the injury is usable or not and this will determine whether or not physical activity can continue right away.
Blisters: Blisters are often seen as more of an annoyance than an injury, but they can get serious if they're not taken care of. This wound is generally found on heels or ankles from shoes rubbing against the skin incorrectly. If these blisters are left unattended in warm, sweaty conditions, like in shoes or boots, they can become infected. Because of this, it's best to ensure any fluid is drained and then treat it like a regular wound, making sure it stays dry and clean. If the wound doesn't heal properly, it's important to visit a doctor.
Yard work injuries: Spring is the season most people get their yard work and gardening done. While this can be a relaxing, enjoyable activity, it can lead to injury as well. From falling off ladders to putting a heavy strain on the back and knees, gardening and yard work can lead to a variety of injuries. Already, 69% of Americans report their lower back pain having a negative effect on their daily lives. Unfortunately, yard work can put additional strain on the back, shoulders, and knees. Because of this, it's important to warm up before yard work is done and always be careful to avoid needing to visit an emergency room in hospital.
Fortunately, most spring injuries can be prevented with proper precaution. But if an injury is sustained, it's important to seek medical attention. While a visit to an emergency room in hospital may not be as fun as being outdoors, getting the right medical care can help you get back to your favorite activities as soon as possible.