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Protect Your Family From Injury

Dec. 6, 2019

Each year, more than 42 million Americans go to an emergency room because of an injury, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Accidents happen — but here are some ways to avoid, or lessen the severity of, accidents that occur while driving, at home or during activities.

Buckle up and stay alert

When you get in the car, make time to make sure that everyone’s seat belt is buckled. Properly restrain children in car seats appropriate for their age and weight.

Don’t text and drive, and use hands-free options while talking on the phone. Lastly, don’t drive impaired, and don’t speed.

Keep floors clear

One of the best ways to prevent slips and falls is to keep floors uncluttered with pet toys, electrical cords, throw rugs and small furniture. Create spacious walking paths in commonly used areas of your home, and secure carpets to the floor.

Here are more ways to keep your home accident-free:

  • Wipe up spills immediately.
  • Install nonslip adhesive strips on stairs.
  • Provide adequate lighting on stairs and in all rooms.


Play safe

Sports and exercise offer wonderful benefits, but no physical activity is risk-free. Use these tips to prevent sports injuries:

  • Wear protective gear that is in good condition and fits properly, such as a helmet.
  • Make sure your footwear is appropriate for your activity.
  • Learn the rules of the game — and follow them.


Know where to get care when you need it

Accidents will happen, no matter how you try to avoid them. You can get same-day orthopedic care at an injury clinic if you have an injury, such as a:

  • Sprain
  • Fracture
  • Dislocation
  • Torn ligaments
  • Injured tendons


“The walk-in injury clinic is ideal for patients of all ages who have suffered an injury — maybe playing sports, working out or just doing chores around the house — who need to see an orthopedist right away,” says Dr. Ashvin K. Dewan, an orthopedic surgeon at Houston Methodist.

Next Steps


Chronic conditions, spine injuries, motor vehicle accidents and workers’ compensation injuries are not treated at the injury clinic.

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