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As snow turns into ice, many slip into the ER

6:32 PM, Feb 7, 2012   |    comments
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An icy road and a semi apparently had other plans.

"I've lived here for 17 years now," the southern California transplant said. "You'd think I'd get used to it by now."

The good news, relatively speaking, is that his car is likely in worse shape than he is.

It's a story that emergency medicine Dr. Scott Bentz finds quite common on a snowy day like this.

"I would actually say car accidents are probably the number one as far as overall frequency [for weather-related ER visits]," he said.

Those accidents typically manifest themselves through neck and back injuries.

Wrist injuries, hip injuries, joint (shoulder and knee) injuries and frostbite round out his top five weather-related problems.

His advice is simple.

"Wear good footwear. Wear something with good treads. Walk slowly and carefully," he said.

Davis would add "drive carefully" to that list.

As for the icy weather, he's done.

"I'm through with it," he said with a guarded laugh.

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