Dr. Troy Madsen explains why falling on your back, hip, or head probably should mean a visit to the ER.">

Dec 13, 2017 — So, the walk was icy and you slipped and fell down. Should you go to the ER? On today's Health Minute, emergency physician Dr. Troy Madsen explains why falling on your back, hip, or head probably should mean a visit to the ER.

Interview

Announcer: The Health Minute, produced by University of Utah Health.

Interviewer: Time for another edition of ER or Not with Dr. Troy Madsen. Today, it can be a common thing in the wintertime, you slipped and fell on the ice. Is that a reason to go to the emergency room or not?

Dr. Madsen: Well, it's not an unusual thing for us to see on these snowy, cold days. People come in after slips and falls. The big things I get concerned about are three things. First of all, their back. Did they come down, some people come down very hard. They get pain in the midline of their back, right in the center. That's a reason to go to the ER. Hip pain as well. Something we get concerned about, especially older people, we will often see hip fractures in those patients because of the way they come down.

And the third thing I worry about is head injuries. If you hit your head, lose consciousness, if you're confused at all afterwards, having any nausea or vomiting, that's a very concerning thing, not uncommon with slips and falls. Another reason to get to the ER, get checked out.

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