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Local doctors report increased number of patients with fractures due to icy weather

Local doctors report increased number of patients with fractures due to icy weather (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Local bone specialists are seeing a record number of slips and falls this week after the bad ice storm.

All you had to do was step outside the last few days and, in some cases, you could hardly avoid potentially slipping and breaking something.

The breaks that are common this week are mostly due to icy walkways.

Especially considering that what you use to “brake” your fall is usually your hands and wrists.

Dr. Jonathan Slaughter said on Friday that he's had a record number of bone break patients within the last few weeks due to ice at his office.

He says many people think of breaks in ankles and knees and hips, but he specializes in hands and fingers. If you don't get them treated properly, you can set yourself up for long-term problems from these icy conditions.

“Many things with ice bring people in, always parking lot surfaces, people park you get ruts, people slip in ice but what a lot of people don't realize is it's a change in surface,” said OrthoCincy’s Dr. Slaughter.

That means, the walk to the car or to the parking lot, the outside to the inside at the office, or the grocery store… it's slick often and you don't expect it.

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