The holidays are a time to enjoy the company of friends and family. Whether it’s a game of touch football or a Christmas tree decorating spree, you likely have some traditions you look forward to every year. Unfortunately, some festive activities can lead to soreness and strains, requiring treatment from a physical therapist. Follow these tips to stay heathy and avoid dampening the holiday spirit with an injury.
3 Holiday Injuries Frequently Seen by Physical Therapists
1. Falls While Decorating
From putting the angel on top of the tree to hanging twinkly lights on your house, setting a celebratory mood may require getting on a ladder. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recorded nearly 15,000 decorating-related injuries in the 2016 holiday season, with falls being the leading cause of harm. Make sure your ladder is in good condition and always decorate as a team, with someone holding the bottom steady.
2. Sports-Related Injuries
Many people like to take a break from the eating and drinking that goes hand-in-hand with the holidays by engaging in some casual exercise — like a game of pickup basketball. If you’re not careful, however, your athletic endeavors could lead to a sprained ankle or strained back. Know your limits, and always warm up and stretch beforehand. A sports physical therapist can teach you useful techniques to avoid hurting yourself.
3. Car Accidents
The Christmas and New Year’s holidays are often celebrated with alcohol. Unfortunately, this means the number of car accidents caused by impaired drivers increases on these days. Never drink and drive, and always make sure you have a safe ride home from any event where you plan to enjoy a few alcoholic refreshments. Even a seemingly small fender bender can cause serious back and neck pain thanks to whiplash.
If you’re injured this holiday season, let the experienced physical therapists at Therapy Works ease your discomfort. Since 2002, they've provided licensed physical therapy services to both children and adults throughout Cherokee Village, AR, and the surrounding Hardy, Ash Flat, and Highland areas. Their physical therapists believe in a holistic approach that puts patient comfort first, working to create a plan that meets your goals for healing and wellbeing. Learn more about their services, from sports rehab to pediatric therapy, online. To schedule an appointment with a physical therapist, call (870) 856-4325.