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Orthopedic Injuries Related to Spring and Tips to Avoid Injury

When the rain showers subside here in the Pacific Northwest, we all love to take advantage of the great outdoors.  Cleaning the rain gutters, mowing the lawn, moving furniture or gardening may present injuries.  Let’s face it, when the sun comes out, we want to do everything outside!

Consider these statistics:

  • According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 35,500 people injured themselves while using a stepladder.
  • More than 41,000 Americans injured themselves while gardening or using gardening equipment
  • More than 127,000 people were injured while operating a lawn mower

Many common injuries, including tendonitis, sprains, strains or breaks, can be prevented with proper technique.  ProOrtho providers offer helpful tips for tackling all your spring plans:

  • Stretch – Stretch your arms, back and legs for several minutes before heading out to the garden or before cleaning out your basement or garage.
  • Squat – Avoid bending!  Make sure you are lifting with your legs. It’s important to squat when making a bed or shoveling dirt or mulch.
  • Lighten your load – When you are shoveling, try not to lift more than you can manage – This is when people tend to hurt themselves.  By using proper body mechanics, you may prevent an injury from occurring – Use your entire body to shovel; your hip and thigh muscles are some of the largest and strongest in the body, so put them to work.
  • Take a break –To avoid repetitive stress injury, rotate tasks that involve doing the same motions again and again (raking, digging) every 15 to 20 minutes and briefly rest or stretch in between.
  • Slide and push heavy or awkward objects.
  • Secure and stabilize a ladder before climbing.

According to Dr. Gregush, “The majority of injuries we see are preventable.  Take a few extra minutes to secure ladders before climbing on them and avoid repetitive activities.”

If you are suffering from a spring-related injury, call ProOrtho and schedule an appointment with one of our physicians at 425-823-400 or email us at ProOrthoAppointment@proliancesurgeons.com.

ProOrtho Physicians Recognized as 2014 Top Doctors by Seattle Magazine

Congratulations to the doctors from ProOrtho who have been recognized as “Top Doctors of Seattle” within their respective specialties by Seattle Magazine:

According to Seattle Magazine, “We asked thousands of local doctors this question: To whom would you send a loved one for medical care? And more than 1,300 doctors participated, with nearly 13,000 nominations, to create this list of 437 physicians judged to be at the top in their field.”  The Awards Ceremony will be held June 26, 2014.

ProOrtho offers the widest spectrum of surgical and non-surgical options paired with the most advanced technologies and pain management treatments available. We use a team-approach to orthopedics that combines cross-specialty expertise to produce innovative solutions. Foundational to our alliance is the commitment to provide the highest quality orthopedic care, service and research to deliver the best outcomes for our patients.

Visit ProOrtho’s web site at www.myproortho.com or call and schedule an appointment with one of their physicians at 425-823-400.  You can also email them at ProOrthoAppointment@proliancesurgeons.com