Check Your Health: Summer safety

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Summer safety (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) Summer fun can be quickly ruined by injuries. That’s what it’s important to take appropriate steps to do your best and avoid ending up in the hospital this summer.

For Walker Andreason, an ATV ride with his family led to an injured arm.

“I was riding on an ATV at Green River. I came off of the dune and just holding the handle bars, the impact of the front tires just snapped,” says Walker.

By the time he got to the emergency room, his wrist was very swollen. The deformity in his wrist shows both of the bones in his arm were broken and displaced.

“They had to set it in the ER, they had to set the bone. They actually had to do it twice because it didn’t want to stay the first time,” says Andrea Andreason, Walker’s mother.

To avoid injuries like this during the summer, mindfulness is key.

“For most of us, it’s being smart. Don’t go too fast on your motorcycles and ATVs,” says Dr. Chris Evenson, Orthopedic Surgeon and Sevier Valley Hospital.

Remember to always wear appropriate gear for each activity. This can mean the correct helmet for the vehicle you’re riding, or wearing the appropriate shoes hiking or running.

If you do suffer an injury, deciding whether to seek treatment depends a lot on your pain level.

“There’s a difference between, “Yeah, I think I sprained my ankle.” Versus, “Wow, I can’t walk on that,’” says Dr. Evensen.

Assuming nothing is deformed, it’s okay to rest for a few hours and reevaluate how you feel. If the pain persists and/or the swelling gets really bad, then it’s time to have it checked out.

For kids, elbow fractures commonly need surgery. So if your child has pain around the elbow, it’s a good idea to go in right away and get that checked.

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