The busy holiday season is usually filled with a whirlwind of dinners, parties, gift exchanging, and celebrating with friends, family, and co-workers. While most people are enjoying the extra time spent with loved ones, festivities can be ruined by painful accidents in the kitchen or around the dinner table. According to the University of Arizona College of Nursing, burns and cuts are among the top five reasons for hospital visits during the holiday season.
But the kitchen is not the only place where hand or wrist injuries are likely to occur. Lifting heavy suitcases, operating machinery like snow plows or shoveling a driveway, or even unpacking boxes of holiday ornaments can lead to a mishap. And if alcohol is a factor, almost an activity can become hazardous.
Practicing a few basic safety tips can help to avoid some of the most common injuries to the upper extremities:
- Avoid or moderate alcohol intake while performing activities like decorating, shoveling, or handling kitchen utensils, especially knives
- Always use protective gloves when handling extremely hot objects or spending time outside in the cold
- Make sure to use proper technique when handling knives, and avoid using dull kitchen utensils for carving
- Be sure to warm up before any strenuous lifting or repetitive activities like stringing lights
- Wear proper footwear to help prevent falling on wet or icy surfaces
Most Common Emergency Hand Injuries
In addition to the typical cuts, scrapes, and burns that are common from carving a turkey or removing a pie from a hot oven, or slipping and falling on an icy sidewalk, Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice, a hand surgeon in Phoenix, treats a number of urgent hand injuries at the Fitzmaurice Hand Institute.
- Sprains and fractures
- Nerve injuries
- Tendon injuries
- Ligament tears
- Mobility problems in the hands, wrists, or fingers
Urgent Hand Injury Treatment in Phoenix
The Fitzmaurice Hand Institute offers the only urgent care facility specializing in hand injuries in Arizona. If you are experiencing pain or suffer an injury that requires immediate medical attention, contact Phoenix hand specialist Dr. Fitzmaurice at (480) 526-5106 to schedule an appointment.