Slips and Trips Can Cause More Damage Than You Think
Our bodies are incredibly resilient and can bounce back from all sorts of illnesses and injuries. While this resiliency is great for keeping us healthy, it often causes us to shrug off minor injuries like trips or falls. Many people will ignore aches and pains, hoping that they’ll go away on their own. But, failing to properly care for your body after falling can result in long-lasting or worsening problems.
The best way to avoid lingering pain from falling is to prevent accidents from happening in the first place. And, now that we’re in the midst of the rainy Pacific Northwest fall, it’s extra important to be careful around slippery surfaces to avoid slipping or falling. Here are our top tips for staying safe in slippery weather:
- Use handrails when possible
- Wear slip-resistant shoes
- Wipe your feet when coming indoors
- Avoid distractions like phones when walking
- Stick to well-lit and maintained pathways
- Store wet clothes and items away from walkways
While these tips can help you avoid becoming injured, what should you do if you are experiencing pain from a trip or fall? Our recommendation is to receive immediate medical attention for any acute injuries, and then to seek physical therapy so you can avoid long-lasting pain.
Signs Physical Therapy Can Help Relieve Your Pain
It is so common to disregard lingering pain from slips or falls that most people aren’t even aware that they can find relief. With the help of physical therapy, you can reduce or eliminate recurring pain from minor injuries rather than suffering for months or years on end. Here are some signs that you should seek treatment after a trip or fall:
- You notice swelling or other visible changes.
- Medications aren’t helping relieve the pain.
- You are experiencing persisting, recurring, or sharp pain.
- You have limited mobility or can’t perform some tasks.
- You frequently suffer from headaches or traveling pain.
All of these are signs that your minor injury could have long-lasting effects if not properly treated. And, if you are still experiencing any of these signs from a trip or fall that happened a while ago, it isn’t too late to receive help! Physical therapy can help at any stage of the recovery process.
If you recently fell or are experiencing long-lasting pain from a previous injury, the specialists at New Heights Physical Therapy can help! Our highly trained therapists are dedicated to helping you recover in a safe and caring environment, so you can get back to your daily activities in no time. Call us today to schedule an appointment.