Address These Problems Before Heading Outdoors
Now that summer is nearing, you may be looking forward to heading outside. But don’t begin your outdoor routines lightly. While walking and exercising outside are simple and effective activities, it can put you at risk of falls and other injuries. Environmental dangers could turn into a trip to the emergency room, preventing future summer plans. Consider the following risks and fixes when walking outdoors!
Causes: Back, knee, hip, and joint pain; muscle tension; imbalance from neurological illnesses such as Parkinson’s disease; dizziness; vision problems; or even a combination of these.
Risk: All of the above causes may lead to falls, especially when walking on uneven pavement and ground. Fractures and sever disability can result from falling.
Fix: Its essential to get an evaluation from your health care provider and seek appropriate treatment. Correcting the injury may be as simple as a course of physical therapy or an updated eyeglass prescription. Also make sure that you have a good pair of walking/running shoes, sunglasses, and hiking/trekking poles for difficult adventures.
Hazard: Hearing Impairment
Causes: Age-related hearing loss, earwax buildup, abnormal bone growth, or nerve cell damage from exposure to harsh noise.
Risk: It will be difficult for you to detect important sounds outside, such as oncoming traffic, car horns, warning signs, alarms, or event assailants, when your hearing is impaired. This increases your risk of getting badly hurt.
Fix: Be sure to get an exam from your doctor or an ear, nose, or throat specialist. If there’s a build-up of earwax, ear specialists can remove the blockage in their office. If you have loss of hearing, an audiologist can give you hearing tests to determine the severity of hearing loss. You may then be a candidate for a hearing aid.
Causes: Distractions from looking down at your electronics: smartphone, music player, or headphones: can greatly impact your safety.
Risk: Distractions may prevent you from seeing or spotting potential dangers. No matter where you are, it’s important to always be alert and safe in your environment.
Fix: When listening to music, make sure to keep one earbud out so that you can hear your surroundings and stay alert. If you must look down, like at your smartphone, stop walking to focus, and then resume when you’re finished. Make sure that you always keep note of your surroundings.
Causes: Walking by yourself on a trail or walking without a cell phone.
Risk: If you fall down a hill or suffer a heart attack in the middle of your walk, the outcome could be severely worse if you’re alone and without support. Also, you could be a target for pickpockets or attackers when traveling by yourself.
Fix: To avoid risking an injury alone, walk with a friend on a familiar route, or at least walk with a group of people in a public setting. It’s highly recommended that you carry a smartphone or an alert button with you on the walk for emergency backup. You never want to be in a vulnerable situation with no way to contact emergency services.
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