LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – Icy walking environments have been an issue throughout the winter and the conditions won't change anytime soon.
With intense winter conditions continuing to loom over La Crosse, Gundersen Health Systems Wellness Education Specialist Linda Larson said it is very important for people to take greater caution while walking on icy pathways.
"I would think that any winter, and particularly as severe the winter as we are having, and this past rain, slush, ice, then snow, the conditions are just prime for more accidents," Larson said.
According to Gundersen Health System research, as a result of icy conditions, any person over 50 years old is more susceptible to muscle injuries. "Naturally, a person's bones are not as strong," Larson said. "The older you are, the more cautious you have to be. People aren't as agile so you have to be careful."
Larson said if a person slips and falls on the ice, it is best for them to assess the situation to recognize any pain or discomfort. If a person experiences trouble breathing, tingling sensations or dizziness among other symptoms, it is best to contact a medical provider and see a doctor.
If a person slips and falls on the ice and experiences trouble breathing, tingling sensations, or dizziness, Larson said not to get up. Instead, it is best to yell or call for help immediately.
Non-surgical treatment, such as rest, ice and use of anti-inflammatory medication can resolve symptoms for more than 90 percent of injuries related to slips and falls on the ice.
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