Despite some Brandonites eager to welcome the first day of spring today, some are cursing its name.
As the snow finally begins to melt, it’s also blanketing many of the Wheat City’s sidewalks, residential streets and parking lots with slippery ice patches, something Brandon resident Heidi Howarth knows all too well.
Upon returning home from the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, at the end of February, Howarth slipped and fell on a piece of ice on her daughter’s driveway along Queens Crescent.
“I probably wasn’t used to being on ice or snow or anything because there wasn’t any in Sochi,” Howarth said with a laugh.
“So I just stayed in my position and asked my husband to carry me and take me to the hospital.”
According to a local physiotherapist, injuries sustained from slipping and falling on ice are common around this time of year.
Sharon Shepherd, a physiotherapist and owner of West-Fit Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic, said the number of patients visiting her clinic has increased due to slips and falls as well as winter sport injuries.
Shepherd added that they are always busy this time of year.
The clinic recommends anyone with a minor injury from slipping or falling, to ice the sore area immediately and see a physiotherapist within 48 hours.
Howarth said after her fall she knew right away she had either broken or dislocated her left ankle. After a trip to the Brandon Regional Health Centre, Howard’s ankle required surgery and although it has been healing well over the past couple of weeks, she has four more weeks of rest until she can be back up walking on her own two feet again.
Although taking a tumble this time of year is common, Wheat City Medical Clinic and Pharmacy receptionist Jaime Wotton said they haven’t noticed an increase in patients coming in with ice-related injuries. A Newmount Medical Clinic receptionist also said the same thing.
But after her injury, Howarth said she recommends anyone who takes a tumble to seek medical attention.
“Most of it is getting lots of rest, eating properly is probably the most beneficial thing you can do,” she said. “I’ve heard of people who started putting weight on it or walking too soon, that can cause problems.”
Howard added slipping on ice this time of year is quite common.
“We’ve all slipped ... on ice cause you either see it or you don’t see it or you don’t think it’s going to happen and if you fall the right way you can get injured,” she said. “It can definitely happen to anybody.”