By: Natasha Archary
The “Milk Crate Challenge” started as an internet frenzy back in 2011 and was brought back to life during the pandemic and out of sheer boredom. The craze hits SA and with many failing the challenge, doctors are urging the public to stop.
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This insane challenge took over TikTok with over 71 million views under the hashtag and involves stacking a bunch of crates as high as possible, climbing the peak and making it across the wobbly pyramid without falling.
Dr Karan Rangarajan, a general surgeon based in the UK who came across the trend on TikTok, took to his page to warn his 4 million followers to stop attempting the challenge because it is highly dangerous.
“The milk crate challenge poses a high risk of exposing yourself to orthopaedic injuries as well as injuries to the head and neck as a result of falling from heights onto the ground or the crates themselves which can puncture the skin,” he said.
“Injuries can range from broken bones, ligament injuries and dislocations to potentially life-threatening ones such as spinal cord injuries or intracranial bleeds, which is a bleed inside the skull.”
Renard Smith who attempted the challenge took to his social media to show people the injury he sustained.
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Dangerous or not, the craze hits SA and is not showing any signs of slowing down as social media users are attempting variations of the challenge with one contender taking on the milk crates in heels. All for a few million likes!
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