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Hiking Injuries Can Be Prevented, Encourages OrthoAtlanta

Most hiking injuries can be avoided with proper equipment, shoes and stretching.

    NORCROSS, GA, December 06, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Atlanta orthopaedic surgeons at OrthoAtlanta encourage hikers to take proper precautions when heading out for a hike. Hikers should be equipped with properly fitting shoes and braces, if needed, and should stretch prior to venturing out.

Most hikers don't think to warm up the body before a hike, but hiking is just as damaging to the body as any other sports, if the body is not prepared. Stretching the major muscle groups can help prevent hikers from receiving sprains and tears to the ligaments, tendons and muscles.

Atlanta orthopaedic surgeons at OrthoAtlanta urge hikers to incorporate stretching into their hikes, to help prevent sprains and tears.

"Hikers believe that since they are merely walking, that they don't need to warm up," said Dr. Michael Behr, Atlanta orthopaedic surgeon at OrthoAtlanta. "This simply is not true. Anyone who engages in a sports-related activity should stretch, even hikers and walkers."

While hikers do not see the more intensive injuries other sports participants see, they do sprain, tear or overuse their joints, muscles and tendons, particularly if they are hiking rugged terrain. Atlanta orthopaedic doctors at OrthoAtlanta note that hikers can step wrong on an uneven bit of terrain and tear a tendon quite easily.

Atlanta orthopaedic doctors suggest that a few simple stretches to the major muscles groups, as well as protective gear, such as ankle and knee braces, can help prevent major damage to the joints and muscles.

OrthoAtlanta focus on treating sports related injuries, traumas, cartilage care and other orthopaedic needs. These Atlanta orthopaedic doctors at OrthoAtlanta can help any hiker get back on the trail in minimal time.

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About OrthoAtlanta:

OrthoAtlanta is a full service Atlanta orthopaedic practice helping patients to recover from injury or illness. With multiple locations around the Atlanta area, OrthoAtlanta offers comprehensive orthopaedic care, including cartilage restoration, pediatrics, shoulder, knee, hand, foot and ankle, spine, sports medicine, trauma and total joint care. With years of research, training and experience, the medical staff at OrthoAtlanta is dedicated to helping patients perform - and live life - at their best.

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