Paragon Orthopedic Center’s Thanksgiving Advice: Only injure the turkey

Many gatherings for Thanksgiving include some activities that get you away from the dinner table.  We commend everyone who does this because physical activity is great, however we would like to warn you from overdoing it or pushing yourself to/past your limits.  The Emergency Room is not the place you want to spend any amount of time in on any holiday, so make sure you warm up, stretch your muscles, and/or take it easy as you go.  Don’t sprint down the field for a catch in the football game when you haven’t been running at all, avoid skiing down that slope without stretching when you haven’t skied since last March, and walk a little slower if the group is going around the block at a pace that makes you huff and puff.  Trying to keep up with others can also result in falls that might injure knees, hips, or ankles.  If you do experience pain, try ice and anti-inflammatory medication.  The RICE acronym is something recommended around Paragon: Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation.  It’s a simple self-care technique to ease some of the discomfort, decrease swelling, and encourage healing.  Of course use common sense if a trip to see a healthcare provider is needed.  Happy Thanksgiving Southern Oregon from all of us at Paragon Orthopedic Center in Grants Pass!