Aug. 27, 2021 — A milk crate climbing problem that has had a sudden rise on social media this previous week has led to a lot of its members taking a tough fall.

The TikTok development, which entails stacking milk crates in a pyramid-shaped staircase and trying to climb up one facet and down the opposite, has resulted in numerous clips of individuals tumbling to the bottom and injuring themselves within the course of as they land on their necks, sides, and backs.

Every crate problem video is a possible orthopedic damage, says George Gantsoudes, MD, a pediatric orthopedist at Pediatrics Specialists of Virginia. These tumbles may doubtlessly lead to fractures of the pelvis, collarbone, and legs, in addition to ligament accidents within the ankle and knee. Paralysis and joint and shoulder dislocations are additionally attainable.

“I perceive that individuals want to search out methods to entertain themselves, however we might positively respect it if folks discovered ways in which weren’t risking life and limb,” says Gantsoudes, who hasn’t had a pediatric affected person injured from the crate problem but. “Falling from top is rarely factor. Gravity all the time wins.”

These nasty falls, which have garnered tens of millions of views throughout social media platforms, have prompted the FDA and doctors to issue warnings towards the viral fad.

One girl in Dallas was injured after falling onto concrete from a stack of milk crates outside a gas station. She is believed to have hit her head through the fall, and photographs posted on-line reveals paramedics coming to her support.

Additionally, with many pediatric hospitals being swamped with young COVID-19 patients, a few of these crate problem accidents might not be addressed straight away. Gantsoudes says that if a baby received a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) on account of doing the milk crate problem and went to a hospital overwhelmed by COVID-19 sufferers, it might not be thought-about an pressing surgical procedure.

“The primary COVID-19 shutdown we had final spring, [children with ACL tears] needed to wait 2 to three months to get fastened,” he stated.

The viral fad joins a protracted listing of social media challenges which have gone viral and has had doubtlessly harmful outcomes. The so-called Tide Pod problem — the place folks really ate laundry detergent pods — resulted in a spike in poison control calls in 2018, whereas kids who tried the cinnamon challenge — the place, you guessed it, folks ate giant quantities of the spice — in 2012 put themselves in danger for critical lung damage.