According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 137,000 snow removal injuries were treated in 2018. To help prevent injuries relating to this winter activity, fellowship-trained hand and upper extremity surgeon Douglas C. Wisch, M.D., and fellowship-trained spine surgeon Lane D. Spero, M.D., of Litchfield Hills Orthopedic Associates have created safety guidelines to follow when removing snow. Patients in need of specialized hand and upper extremity or spine care are encouraged to call (860) 482-8539 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Wisch or Dr. Spero at either the practice’s office in Torrington, located at 245 Alvord Park Road, or in Bristol, located at 281 N. Main St.
“Each year, we see many orthopedic injuries due to snow removal, from wrist sprains and pulled muscles to stress fractures and lower back injuries,” says Dr. Wisch. “To help keep our community safe this winter, Dr. Spero and I created a list of helpful rules and safety tips to follow to prevent these injuries.”
When removing snow using a snowblower, follow these safety tips to avoid sustaining an injury:
If you have an area that a snowblower cannot access or prefer to use a shovel, use the following guidelines:
"If you do sustain an injury while removing snow and you feel any numbness, intense pain or have any loss of movement, seek medical attention," says Dr. Spero.
To learn more about snow removal injuries or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Wisch or Dr. Spero, please call (860) 482-8539 or request an appointment online.