Mountaineering can make for an unforgettable adventure. The sense of achievement, having conquered the awesome structure itself, not to mention the breathtaking views that reward your ascent, makes for an unforgettable excursion.
However, serious slips, trips and falls can see the adventure live long in the memory for all of the wrong reasons. The consequences of accidents whilst mountaineering can be extremely serious given the environment.
Not only are there dangers to safety everywhere you look, but mountaineering is also often done in remote locations, which means that it can be some time before help can arrive.
One of the most common consequences of a trip or fall whilst mountaineering are dislocations. The nature of these injuries often makes them extremely painful, whilst the recovery and rehabilitation is long and can be fraught with complications.
A number of parts of the body are at risk of dislocation following a mountaineering fall. The main areas of concern are:
Hip: The majority of hip dislocations suffered whilst mountaineering arise from trips and falls, where the hip is flexed. The force of the impact travels upwards through the knee and drives the head of the femur bone out of it’s socket in the hip, resulting in a posterior dislocation. If you think it sounds painful, you are right.
Falling directly onto the outside of your hip may cause an anterior dislocation.
Shoulder: Dislocation injuries are suffered in the shoulder when strong, sudden movements rotate the arm outward and hold it away from the body. The vast majority of these types of injuries are anterior and are usually identifiable by the shoulder literally ‘sticking out’ of the joint.
Ankles, elbows and knees are also at risk of dislocations from a mountaineering accident.
In the aftermath of a dislocation, the most important thing is to reduce the dislocation as much as possible. Whilst this may be hard to do in the circumstances, the benefits of an early reduction are many. The longer a dislocation is left the harder it becomes to realign due to the muscles spasming. Also:
– There can be significant and dramatic pain relief
– It’s easier to transport the patient
– The risk of circulatory damage is minimised
If you suffer an accident whilst mountaineering, then Accident Advice Helpline can help establish whether or not you have a claim for public accident compensation.
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To discuss your claim with a member of their expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.
Date Published: January 9, 2014
Author: David Brown