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Avoiding Common Orthopedic Problems

Every day more and more people start a physical activity to improve their health and well-being. Therefore, it is important to be careful to reduce the possibility of injury. Orthopedic injuries can be very damaging to health and make it difficult to perform sports or even simple daily tasks.

To avoid orthopedic injuries, first of all, you need to know the most common ones. That’s why we select the problems that most affect people and what the ways you can do prevention are. Continue reading and learn more.

What are the most common?

There are several types of orthopedic injuries that are known and treatable. Therefore, we selected the most common cases among people. Remembering that they can come from physical activities and everyday crafts such as climbing stairs or taking a walk, Dr. Gordon Slater, an orthopedic surgeon advises people to take effective measures in order to prevent these complications from developing in their adult life.

Dr. Slater highlights some of the most painful problems that are far too common among adults and that he has seen in his professional practice as a surgeon.


It is very common that after stepping on the wrong side, there is a swelling that causes a lot of pain and discomfort. In some more severe cases, this comes from a sprain which is when the joint is stretched, and the joint ligaments can be ruptured. This injury occurs after an unexpected sudden movement, in simple cases, can be resolved with ice and anti-inflammatory, in more difficult situations with surgery.

How to Avoid: Stretch before physical activity, wear walking-friendly shoes, and avoid walking on uneven ground. Another tip is to try to avoid sudden movements, especially changes of direction.

Muscle Sprain

Muscle distension is a very common problem in orthopedics in hospitals. This injury occurs because a muscle or tendon is too stretched and ruptures. This occurs after excessive force movement or action. Symptoms may vary. Usually, the first is severe pain, then swelling and difficulty moving. Treatment may be surgical in more severe cases or rest and compress in mild injuries.

How to avoid: Stretching before physical activity or long walks. It is always important to have the guidance of a professional before playing sports, so it is possible to avoid excessive strain causing the strain.


Another problem that also occurs a lot with people around the world is dislocation. This orthopedic injury occurs when two bones that are joined by a joint separate. It can occur after some trauma, fall, fracture or even chronic illness. The treatment is done with the replacement of the bone in its proper place, after which rest and immobilization of the affected part are necessary.

How to avoid: Do physical activities accompanied by a professional. In hazardous sports, it may be necessary to wear protective equipment.

Article Author: Sean Smith

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Dr. Gordon Slater

Dr. Slater is one of the first foot and ankle surgeons in Australia to adopt minimally invasive surgical techniques. He routinely uses MIS to treat a range of conditions, including bunions.

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Dr Gordon Slater is a highly-skilled surgeon specialising in foot and ankle conditions and sports injuries. Dr Slater is one of the first foot and ankle surgeons in Australia to adopt minimally invasive surgical techniques. He routinely uses MIS to treat a range of conditions, including bunions. MIS  has many advantages including shorter operating times, reduced post-operative pain, reduced risk of infection, minimal scarring and better cosmetic outcomes.

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