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LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – After several days of snow and cold temperatures, we finally felt a bit of sunshine on our skin on Saturday. However, as everyone transitions back to their normal routines, doctors are prepared for more winter weather-related injuries.   

Emergency care visits are common during winter, and Lexington hospitals are prepared to see an influx of injuries caused by falls. Doctors are ready to treat broken ankles and hips, as well as head and back injuries, but the severity of an injury depends on various health factors, such as age, medical history, and medications. 

To prevent slipping, Dr. Ryan Stanton, FOX 56’s chief medical contributor, said to clear walkways. He also recommends taking short, shuffling steps, as well as keep your arms at your sides, and wearing slip-resistant footwear.   

Kentucky’s hospitals are experiencing a rapid rise in COVID-19 patients, so Dr. Stanton recommends visiting an outpatient facility if you take a tumble and hurt yourself. However, if it is an emergency, he says hospitals are prepared to evaluate the injury, just expect a longer than normal wait before seeing a doctor.