We are seeing them everywhere.

Some are even being left in our front yards. So how are these ever-present electric scooters causing injuries that we are treating in our clinics? There has been an influx of injuries from falls and crashes related to the scooter as it grows quickly in popularity. Hospitals are reporting that an average of 2 to 3 patients per day are being treated for scooter-related injuries. This does not even take into consideration the other doctors, nurses and urgent care facilities that treat these injuries.

A study conducted by the Public Health and Transportation department and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed that half of the injured riders reported sustaining a “severe injury.” The study authors define severe injuries as bone fractures (84%); nerve, tendon, or ligament injuries (45%); severe bleeding (5%); and sustained organ damage (1%).1 According to the National Association of City Transportation Officials, there were 38.5 million trips on rentable scooters in the US in 2018. As more individuals are using an electric scooter as a mode of transportation, the injuries can only be expected to be on the rise as well.

The electric scooter seems like an extremely fun and easy way to travel. Please be aware of its dangers as you are on a motorized apparatus that is traveling anywhere between 15 and 20 mph. We hope you do not suffer an injury like so many have already on the scooter.

If you do end up with an injury, be assured that our team at Foothills Sports Medicine will strive to get you back as quick as possible. Find a location near you.

1- Hawkins, Andrew J. “Electric Scooter Use Results in 20 Injuries per 100,000 Trips, CDC Finds.” The Verge, The Verge, 2 May 2019, www.theverge.com/2019/5/2/18526813/scooter-electric- injury-austin-cdc-study-head-helmet.

Construction injures are incredibly common…

and avoidable in many instances. If laborers were to take the time to stretch before a task or prior to arriving at the job site, then reported cases of workplace injury would likely decrease.

I witnessed a laborer walking up a flight of stairs in a power plant and dislocate his ankle while carrying a couple 2 x 4’s. This man was not in best of shape. Could this injury have been prevented had he been on a stretching and strengthening program? I like to think he could have limited the extent of the injury with preparation. Maybe his boots were too loose? Maybe he was thinking of something unrelated to what he was doing or where he was going while carrying those materials?

I was a union carpenter for 11 years and in trade school we were taught to stretch out before work. Most of us followed this routine, unless you were in your teens or early twenties! Now, as a physical therapist assistant, I have the pleasure of working with tradesman in a different fashion. I get to help them recover from injuries. At the same time, I get to help them prevent injuries by working on a routine of stretching and strengthening. For example, by completing a basic routine of lower extremity strengthening and stretching exercises, a workplace injury such as the one mentioned may have been avoided.

Construction sites can be dangerous places and it’s best to minimize the chance of injury the best you can. Incorporating a routine of stretching and strengthening will likely minimize the event of an injury such as a strain, sprain, or fracture. Stretching the hamstrings prior to bending over to pick up that circular saw may prevent a lumbar strain. Completing some lower trunk rotations in the morning may prevent a rotational injury such as an end of range twist to mark “and go” on a stud. Musculoskeletal injuries abound in construction. We do not need statistics to tell us that. I know from experience many injuries go unreported. In my experience, shoulder and back injuries occurred more than any other musculoskeletal injury. Shoulder injuries could be prevented with scapular stabilization exercises.

Construction is a dangerous job.

It requires a lot physical stamina too. We want our patients to maximize time in their workplace by incorporating a basic stretching and strengthening program.

Prevent further and future injuries at Foothills Sports Medicine Physical Therapy. Come in today for your Free Rapid Recovery ®Injury Assessment!