Numbers of people with broken bones, injuries caused by ice has spiked
Calgary doctors, radiologists say they've seen an increase of people affected
Emergency room and family doctors say they're treating more than the usual number of broken bones and torn ligaments this year.
Dr. Trung Vu says he's seeing three to five ice-related injuries per shift — and that includes people of all ages.
“The ice is not discriminating and I see that the elderly tend to have more severe injury because, you know, they're aging, but the young people they do have fracture, sustain the fracture from the fall as well,” said Vu.
“I''ve been sending a lot of people to hospital for casting.”
Injuries include fractures, sprains and soft tissue tears, says Dr. David Lautner, of EFW Radiology.The Calgary radiologist says his staff have been X-raying about 10 to 15 per cent more patients who've had slips and falls this year.
“We see a full spectrum, right? I mean often it’s just how hard you fall and bad luck on how you landed,” said Lautner
“Most people slip and fall on the ice they get up and walk away from it. Obviously if you are older and more frail, have less mineralized bones, you are more susceptible to fracture. But a lot of time it’s just bad luck.”
EMS also said they've been busier than usual as well this year responding to slips and falls — in all areas, including sidewalks, parking lots and driveways.