Skiing Snowboarding Injuries Prevention and Treatment Tips

As snow are falling in many states, Portland OR received its fair share of 12 inches over last several days. This year snow offers plenty of skiing opportunities on Mt. Hood for Portlanders. Skiers and snowboarders should be aware of the risks associated with the sport.  Snow sport injuries are mostly caused by falls and collisions while being on the slopes or dangerous terrain.  Factors that may contribute to accidents includes off-trail skiing, skiing above ability level, equipment-related, and failure to making adjustment to altitude.

Some of the most common skiing & snowboarding injuries include:

  • Shoulder injuries
  • Spinal injuries
  • Knee injuries
  • Head & neck injuries
  • Hand injuries
  • Ligament injuries

Snow sport injuries may be prevented by:

  • Warming-up and stretching before going up the slope.
  • Inspecting for any faulty equipment and making proper adjustments to equipment.
  • Using protective equipment such as helmets, wrist guards, elbow and kneepads, etc.
  • Practicing safe skiing & snowboarding techniques, and following the rules of the slope.

Treatment Tips:

  • Soon after having a snow sport injury, place an ice pack, wrapped with a towel over the injured area for 10 minutes for every 20 minutes to reduce the swelling and pain.
  • See a chiropractor for examination and treatment ASAP.

The information provided herein should not be used for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed medical professional should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions.