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With One Slip, a Hand Injury Could Ruin Your Winter


January 2014

"With One Slip, a Hand Injury Could Ruin Your Winter"
LiveScience (op-ed) by Michael Ruff, MD

The human hand is a very complex body part — each has more than two dozen bones, more than one hundred ligaments and more than three dozen muscles. A slight movement in the wrong direction can mean a big injury with a potentially long recovery period. At the Hand and Upper Extremity Center at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center we have four surgeons who treat all types of hand and wrist injuries. Since Ohio winters tend to bring fairly snowy or icy conditions, it is not uncommon for us to see dozens of people each week for a hand or wrist injury. Many are elderly with pre-existing balance or gait problems who are not as steady on their feet even in normal conditions. Something as simple as walking to the mailbox or getting in and out of the car can lead to a fall.

Full article on LiveScience

This coverage resulted from pitching efforts by OSU Wexner Medical Center Public Affairs and Media Relations.