Falls on icy walkways fill hospital waiting rooms

Southwestern Connecticut hospitals say they were busy dealing with ice-related injuries Monday.Officials say the combination of rain and cold temperatures have led to many people

NORWALK - Southwestern Connecticut hospitals say they were busy dealing with ice-related injuries Monday.

Officials say the combination of rain and cold temperatures have led to many people needing to be treated for sprained ankles and broken wrists.

?People, when they try to break a fall, they always put their hands out ? especially the elderly [who] are more vulnerable to breaking wrists,? chairman of the Emergency Department in Norwalk Hospital Dr. Michael Carius says.

Dr. Carius advises for those who fall to look for swelling and take pain relievers. If you are unable to put weight on the injury, then you should go to the hospital for treatment.

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