NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 05: A nanny pushes a child through the slushy intersection of Broadway and 14th Street at Union Square on February 5, 2014 in New York City. New Yorkers, like millions of Americans in the northeast, dealt with the latest winter storm, which dumped 4 inches of snow on Central Park before turning to rain. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)A nanny pushes a child through the slushy intersection of Broadway and 14th Street at Union Square on February 5, 2014. (credit: John Moore/Getty Images)
NEW YORK(CBSNewYork) — The snow and ice have seemed never-ending this winter and they may be responsible for an uptick in hospital visits.
Doctors and hospitals across the Tri-State area said that they have seen more broken bones and fractures due to slips and falls this winter.
“You’re not quite as braced to step on it and then you lose your balance,” explained New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center’s Dr. Alexis Halpern,”We’re seeing a lot of ankle sprains, a lot of ankle fractures. By the time people hit the ground it’s instinctive to put your hands out so we’re seeing a lot of wrist fractures, some elbow fractures, as well as shoulders with injuries.”
Not only can shoveling snow be dangerous, if you have a heart condition, but doctors have also noticed an increase in rotator cuff tears in the past few weeks.