The break you don’t want — taking a tumble on ice

Posted at 1:22 PM, Mar 06, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-06 13:22:51-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- While some have the luxury of staying at home and hunkering down, many Richmonders must venture out on icy, treacherous roads and sidewalks.

Slipping on hard ice is a reality that results in more patients for some local doctors.  At the Patient First in Short Pump, Dr. Elizabeth Bigelow said even though the number of patients they receive goes down on snowy days, the number of injuries from falls can increase by about 20 percent.

"We see anything from a minor crack to something more major, that's displaced, and requires orthopedic attention immediately," said Dr. Bigelow.

Dr. Bigelow suggests watching everywhere you step and trying to limit what you are carrying in your hands.  If you do fall and hurt yourself, take a second to see how badly you are hurt before trying to get up.  If it seems serious, Bigelow said you should call for help.

While the Richmond metro digs out from this latest winter blast, Chris Walsh, who lives in the Randolph neighborhood, is looking towards the sun, waiting for spring.

"Pretty weather, where I can go out and run and enjoy it; not have to worry about the snow.  I am ready," Walsh said.