Winter can be a particularly difficult time of year for those suffering from joint discomfort. The cold, dry air causes the joints to stiffen, making movement and exercise more uncomfortable. Another major factor in winter is that the body tends to require more water during colder months and becomes vulnerable to dehydration if it’s not consumed in sufficient amounts. And not to mention, icy conditions can increase the risk of slips and falls which could potentially further damage already weakened joints. This time of year, it’s important to take all necessary precautions against potential hip injuries.
Opt For Protective Clothing
A big part of prevention means wearing proper clothing. It’s important to wear clothes that not only keep you warm, but offer proper stability and protection from winter elements. This includes wearing boots or shoes with adequate grip and traction to avoid slips on icy roads and sidewalks; or putting on supportive gear such as braces, wraps, and orthotics to provide extra support for hips during activities like shoveling snow.
Stretch and Stay Hydrated
Before exercising outdoors or engaging in any physical activities, it’s important to warm up the joints and muscles by stretching. This will help avoid any sudden jerks that could end up causing a strain or an injury. Additionally, it’s important to stay hydrated and avoid consuming alcohol before physical activity. The body is already under more stress in cold weather, and further dehydration can worsen the situation.
Other ways to avoid winter hip injuries include building strength in the hips and legs by consistently doing exercises such as squats, planks, lunges, and wall sits. Having strong muscles can help avoid serious injury in case of a slip or fall. If a hip does become injured, it’s important to avoid any further stress on the area and seek medical assistance immediately. Engaging in regular physical exercise to stay in shape can greatly reduce the chance of winter hip injuries and keep one safe throughout the season.
In addition to taking all necessary precautions, regular visits to a doctor or specialist for checkups are recommended. They will be able to properly evaluate your health condition and determine if any extra measures are needed for safety. Syracuse Area Health – Strasburger Orthopaedics is available to assist with any orthopaedic needs you may have. Contact us today to set up a consultation.