Do you know what to do after a skiing injury?
Skiing is an exciting, fun sport that the entire family can enjoy together. However, like any activity, injuries can and do occur which is why it’s important to know what to do when you find yourself knee deep in snow and tending to an injury.
After a skiing injury
When an accident occurs, it is important to first determine whether you need immediate medical attention or simply have a sprain. If your body is disabled in any way, in severe pain, or you experience numbness you should seek immediate medical attention. In the case that the injury is mild, you want to apply an ice pack or snow from around you onto the area in pain immediately for 10-20 minutes as well as elevate the injured area if necessary. You do not want to apply heat during the first 72 hours following the injury; applying heat will increase pain, blood flow, and swelling, resulting in a slower recovery. It is also important to rest and let yourself heal. The rest period can take as little as a few days, or it could require weeks or months to recover.
When should I see a doctor
After an accident, it is important to know which type of doctor to see and when. If you suspect a broken leg, broken arm, or broken ankle, visit an orthopedic specialist or a sports medicine doctor right away. If your injury doesn’t heal within three weeks you should consider making an appointment with your primary doctor, however, scar tissue can interfere with movement and cause pain in the future which is why you should also visit with a physical therapist or massage therapist.
The Express Care Clinic at Colorado Springs Orthopaedic Group can provide expert care whether you are dealing with a minor or major injury. It is a great alternative to the Urgent Care office as we have orthopedic surgeons on staff for when you need them. Express care is uniquely equipped to care for bone and joint injuries. Before you head off on your next Skiing excursion, be sure to save our number, 719-632-7669, in the unfortunate event of a skiing injury.