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Top 5 Preventable Orthopedic Injuries


Updated May 27, 2013

Many people think of orthopedic injuries only after a problem has occurred. However, if you really want to avoid the problems associated with an orthopedic injury, try to put your efforts in preventing the problem altogether.

1. ACL Tears

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The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is one of four major knee ligaments. The ACL is critical at helping to prevent instability episodes of the knee. Treatment of an ACL tear often requires surgery followed by months of rehabilitation. Athletes, especially female athletes, should take important steps to help prevent this serious sports injury.

2. Back Strains

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Lumbar strains occur to just about everyone at some point in their life. Avoiding these injuries will help you prevent the pain and disability associated with this problem. One step you can take to help prevent lumbar strains is to learn proper lifting techniques. By lifting properly, you will use the correct muscles and avoid placing your back in potentially strenuous positions.

3. Hip Fractures

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Hip fractures are a possible complication of osteoporosis, a condition that causes thinning of the bone. Hip fractures are severe injuries that can lead to many problems. Preventing a hip fracture is the most important step you can take. Patients over age 65 and anyone with significant osteoporosis in particular should take these important steps to prevent a hip fracture.

4. Wear & Tear Arthritis

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The most common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis, also known as wear-and-tear arthritis. Osteoarthritis does not have one cause, rather it is thought to be caused by several contributing factors. Some of these factors we have no control over, such as genetics and age. But we do have control over several other factors, including weight, activities, and treatments. Patients with early osteoarthritis can take steps to prevent progression of the arthritis.

5. Bunions

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Bunions cause a painful bump on the inner side of the big toe. While we know that some bunions are unavoidable, the vast majority of bunions that require treatment can be attributed to footwear problems. Even once bunions have developed, steps can be taken to prevent progression of the condition.
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