Hand and upper extremity specialist Kermit Muhammad, M.D., is offering local residents expert winter safety guidelines for all ages. Due to the hazardous conditions winter brings, injuries to the hand and upper extremity are common, from falling on the ice to getting cut opening a gift box. Dr. Muhammad’s recommendations can help adults and families avoid many seasonal pitfalls this year. Those in need of hand, elbow or wrist care can call (815) 928-8050 to be seen by Dr. Muhammad in Bradley at 400 S. Kennedy Drive, Suite 100.
“With inclement weather and the bustle of the holidays, winter can add a lot of risk to daily life, including the risk for hand, arm and wrist injuries from falls and other accidents,” says Dr. Kermit Muhammad, fellowship-trained, board-certified hand surgeon at OAK Orthopedics. “But staying cheerful and healthy throughout the season can be easy when taking a few precautions and sticking to some simple safety guidelines.”
Keep these tips in mind when decorating and un-decorating for the holidays:
Stay cautious when dealing with snow and ice and be sure to:
When sledding, skiing, snowboarding or doing other outdoor winter activities, remember the following:
“Indoors or outdoors, accidents can happen anywhere and anytime throughout the season,” says Dr. Muhammad. “Seek medical attention immediately if you or anyone with you has had an injury from a fall or has sustained a cut that does not stop bleeding after putting pressure on it for 15 minutes.”
Specializing in injuries, conditions and treatments of the hand, wrist and elbow, Dr. Muhammad joined OAK Orthopedics in 2005. He is board-certified in orthopedic surgery by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and possesses a Certificate of Added Qualification in hand surgery. Dr. Muhammad currently sees patients at the practice's Bradley office and has a blog that is frequently updated with tips and tricks to prevent and address common hand, wrist and elbow injuries and conditions. Please visit his blog for more information.
To learn more about wintertime injuries or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Muhammad, please call (815) 928-8050 or request an appointment online.