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Slippery snow and ice are causing ER visits

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Though a lot of the snow and ice melted Monday it's likely to refreeze as night falls and temperatures fall. Local emergency rooms have already seen plenty of injuries from slips and falls.

So if you've taken a fall, when should you seek medical treatment? Doctors say you should go in if you can't walk, stand, or use the body part that took the hit.

Officials from Blessing Hospital in Quincy say some people may not balance as well due to medical issues.

"May not have the balance that someone else has. They might have some dementia and not recognize the risk factors. People with Parkinson's just can't adapt well if they start to fall they can't recover," said Richard Saalborn, Blessing Emergency Room Medical Director.

Saalborn says the most common injuries are pelvic and hip fractures, elbow and shoulder fractures, and ankle injuries.

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