Odd, but True, Holiday Injuries

As the holiday season comes crashing in with Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the team at Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists (SOS) offers you and your family best wishes for a safe, happy holiday season. 

Team members instruct you to be ever mindful of your activities, as they’ve compiled a list of odd, but true, injuries during the holiday season seen by medical professional over the years.

A Turkey’s Revenge

It’s not unusual for people to cut themselves while carving a turkey with a sharp knife.  However, one physician reports that he’s seen injuries from people dropping the turkey on their feet, leading to fractures and contusions.  Remember, a frozen bird that weighs more than 10 pounds and drops onto a foot can cause damage, so handle the fowl carefully.  As with any heavy item, bend with your knees to lift it and always carry with two arms.

A “Fowl” Play

For many families, a friendly game of football is part of the Thanksgiving tradition.  This alone poses risk for orthopedic injuries, as many amateurs toss the pigskin without appropriate gear or training.  One orthopedic surgeon in Manhattan recalls the oddest injury he treated – a man fell on the football field while wearing a helmet made from a raw turkey.  Oddly, the turkey helmet prevented more serious head injuries.

SOS experts agree that if you are going to play a friendly game of touch football, make sure you are fit enough to play, and use appropriate headgear, not of the uncooked animal variety.

SOS hopes everyone is careful while enjoying the start of the holiday season, but if you are injured, SOS PLUS After Hours Care is available.  SOS PLUS is a walk-in orthopedic medical clinic that treats patients of all ages with acute orthopedic conditions requiring immediate attention.

SOS Plus has two locations to best serve patients, at 5719 Widewaters Parkway in Dewitt and 8324 Oswego Road, Suite B in Liverpool.  Hours for both locations are weekdays 5 pm – 8:30 pm, and weekends 10 am – 2 pm. Please note, SOS Plus will be closed on Thursday, November 28th for the Thanksgiving holiday.