The arrival of the festive period is a heartening and joyful time of year. Given that this year has seen nationwide restrictions on travel and socializing, many will undoubtedly be looking forward to spending time with friends and family.

Cozily gathering at home to share gifts and food with loved ones is a highlight of the season. Falling temperatures and the suggestion of snow will have others anticipating seasonal sporting events or activities. However, studies have shown that wintertime is a high-risk period for sustaining injuries.

Identifying Common Hazards

Having a home that is dressed to impress for the holiday period is one of the delights of the season. Ensuring that the interior and exterior of your property is decorated to perfection brings cheer to family and passers-by alike. Many injuries result from unsafe practices when hanging decorations.

Unsteady ladders and overreaching can result in dangerous falls. The temptation to look our best for a New Year’s party could tempt you to traverse icy ground in unsafe footwear. Slipping in any case is a risk for injury, especially for the elderly, but shoes like high heels increase the likelihood of falling.

The festive season often results in increased lifting and carrying heavy objects and other strenuous activities. Shoveling snow and collecting heavy gifts from the loft can place additional strain on your joints and tendons, potentially resulting in damage.

Winter sports including ice skating, snowboarding, skiing and ice hockey may seem attractive pursuits as the days get colder. Professional athletes understand that they risk broken bones and torn ligaments from participating in these games, so amateur participants should be additionally cautious.

Don’t Rest on Your Joint or Ligament Pain

An injury to the shoulder, knee, elbow, wrist or ankle will undoubtedly dampen your Christmas spirit. Pain and discomfort will affect mood and lessen your enjoyment of family gatherings. Reduced mobility will also restrict the activities in which you can participate.

Left untreated, these symptoms could worsen into the New Year and beyond. Dr. Struhl will deliver a seamless service from first contact to the end of treatment at his New York offices. Don’t let your festive cheer disappear, book an appointment today.