Milk crate challenge has doctors warning it’s ‘worse than falling from a ladder’

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What is the Milkcrate challenge?

(CNN) - The latest viral sensation popping up on social media is the “milk crate challenge.” It is when someone stacks a bunch of milk crates like a pyramid and then attempts to step up one side and down the other without the crates falling into a mess underneath them. WWBT NBC12 NewsFDA discourages participating in milk crate challenge

Why are people doing the crate challenge?

In what began as a quest to kill boredom or to flaunt people's athletic side after the Tokyo Olympics, people were seen taking up the challenge and stacking plastic crates in the shape of a pyramid. Climbing up and down without any support or protective gear, they scaled the shaky obstacles for fun. The Indian ExpressTikTok’s latest trend Milk Crate challenge sees dangerous injuries, doctors express concern

Has anyone died doing the milk crate challenge?

Fortunately, no one has died from the milk crate challenge. However, in a twist, there is video of an alleged shooting happening while someone was doing the milk crate challenge. Esquire.comWhat Is the Milk Crate Challenge on TikTok? Milk Crate Challenge Death, Hashtag Banned

Why are people walking on milk crates?

There's no doubt that one milk crate is sturdy enough to stand on. ... When someone attempts to walk across the highest milk crates in the stack, they're applying weight and a directional vector to only the topmost part of the stack, which easily causes the entire row to fall over like a Jenga tower. Yahoo FinanceSocial Media’s New Viral Trend Involves People Walking on Top of Stacked Milk Crates

Why are people climbing milk crate pyramids?

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Milk crate challenge has doctors warning it’s ‘worse than falling from a ladder’

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In the milk crate challenge, which recently started on TikTok, participants take on a set of milk crates precariously stacked in the shape of a pyramid, attempt to climb to the top and then back down again without toppling over.

“It’s perhaps even worse than falling from a ladder,” said Shawn Anthony, an orthopedic surgeon at Mount Sinai hospital in New York, to the Washington Post. “It’s very difficult to brace yourself from the falls I’ve seen in these videos. They’re putting their joints at an even higher risk for injury,” he added.

With many hospitals across the US already overwhelmed by Covid-19 patients and running short on space and staff, health departments are urging people to reconsider their choices before taking on the challenge.

George Gantsoudes, a Virginia-based orthopedic surgeon, wrote on Twitter: “The orthopaedic surgeries required to fix problems caused by this may fall under the umbrella of ‘elective surgeries’.”

On Monday, the Baltimore city health department tweeted: “With COVID-19 hospitalizations rising around the country, please check with your local hospital to see if they have a bed available for you, before attempting the #milkcratechallenge.”

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) also weighed in on the challenge after comedian Conan O’Brien joked how he needed federal officials to grant permission to the challenge before attempting it, playing off the FDA’s approval of Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine earlier this week.

“Waiting for FDA approval before I take the Milk Crate Challenge,” O’Brien tweeted on Monday. The FDA responded shortly after, writing: “Although we regulate milk, we can’t recommend you try that. Perhaps enjoy a nice glass of 2% and return all those crates to the grocery store?”

The milk crate challenge is the latest of a slew of dares that have gone viral on TikTok. In recent months, the video-sharing platform has seen a rise of dangerous challenges including the blackout challenge, where young people are encouraged to hold their breath until they pass out, and the Benadryl challenge, where young people intentionally consume large amounts of the antihistamine to induce hallucinations.

In a statement about the most recent challenge, a TikTok spokesperson said: “TikTok prohibits content that promotes or glorifies dangerous acts, and we remove videos and redirect searches to our community guidelines to discourage such content. We encourage everyone to exercise caution in their behavior whether online or offline.”

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