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Published January 28, 2013, 03:17 PM

Therapist Becomes Patient After Fall on Ice

Although warmer weather has moved into the area it's no time to let your guard down when it comes to snow and ice. One Grand Forks man learned the hard way after taking a tumble in his driveway.

Although warmer weather has moved into the area it's no time to let your guard down when it comes to snow and ice. One Grand Forks man learned the hard way after taking a tumble in his driveway.

Working in physical therapy, Jim Schill is usually the one helping those with ailments. It was a strange transition for him to become the patient. Schill has been a physical therapist for nearly 40 years. About two weeks ago he fell on the ice while cleaning his driveway, causing him to need hip replacement surgery. Schill has six weeks of therapy before heading back to work. The therapist sees a lot of people coming into the office with other injuries due to falls as well.

Schill, "We see ankle fractures, femur fractures and hip fractures, upper extremity wrist fractures from falls trying to protect yourself. Spots we see fracturs on the body or a sprain, deep bruises, a lot of trauma." Schill says people need to watch the weather, be cautious when walking on ice and take it slow to avoid getting hurt.

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