Doctors see increase in injuries due to falls on ice this winter

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Lechia Davis still feels a little pain when she tries to move her wrist.

“It’s like little lightening rod strikes, sharp shooting little pains,” she said.

It’s been a month since she slipped and fell on ice outside her home, landing on her wrist.

“It was the worst pain I had ever experienced,” Davis said.

She’ll be wearing a cast for the next four to eight weeks to protect the metal pins holding the broken bones in her wrist together.

Davis is not alone.

Doctors at Greensboro Orthopaedics have seen a 75 percent increase in the number of people with injuries from slip and falls due to back to back snow and ice storms this winter.

“We’ve had broken wrists, broken legs, all kinds of trauma,” said Dr. William Gramig III, an orthopaedic surgeon at Greensboro Orthopaedics.

“It’s inordinately higher than usual,” Gramig said.

Gramig says some of the most serious injuries they’ve seen didn’t come from running or strenuous activity but by simply taking a step.

“It’s always that little bitty sheet of ice that seems to get folks,” he said.

Treating those kinds of fractures usually involves surgery where metal plates and pins are put in to hold broken bones in place.

“Typically it’s going to disrupt your lifestyle for a good eight to 10 weeks,” Gramig said.

Time Lechia hopes will be enough to move her arm around like she used to.

“Hopefully everything is where it’s supposed to be,” Davis said.

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