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Don’t Fall! Tips for Staying Safe in Icy Conditions
Posted By Candy Sagon On January 3, 2014 @ 2:03 pm In Health Talk | Comments Disabled
Slips and falls  during the winter months are all too common, say the orthopedists who take care of all the bone breaks, muscle tears and sprains that happen this season.
And now that the Northeast has been hammered with a monster storm, it’s even more important for older folks to be careful about falling or suffering injuries while shoveling snow.
Keep in mind that 11,500 people are sent to the emergency room each year with snow-shoveling injuries, and those 55 or older are four times more likely  to suffer cardiac-related symptoms than younger adults are.
Orthopaedic surgeon James Gladstone, M.D., co-chief of sports medicine at New York’s Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, offers these tips for staying safely on your feet:
If you must shovel snow, here are some tips for doing it safely:
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