• Bob C.

    “In April 2011, I collided with another motorcycle head-on and ended up losing most of my right leg. My trauma surgeon that night was a West PA Ortho doctor, and the care I got from him was second to none. “I had to take a few years off after the accident, but I’m back to […]

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    “Western PA Orthopedics is extremely professional, very convenient, very respectful of our time, and their expertise is very high. I felt very comfortable. I trust everyone, from the doctors to the staff. They’re all very efficient. My experience with them dates back 20 years, and the level of care has been consistently great. You know […]

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    “We are like the ‘poster family’ for Western Pennsylvania Orthopedic & Sports Medicine. A former college baseball catcher, I’ve had a number of knee surgeries, and a car accident tore rotator cuff. I later tore my other rotator cuff and have had carpal tunnel surgery, and my wife has broken an ankle and a wrist. […]

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    “My shoulder would ache in the evening when I laid down to go to sleep, and the pain would wake me as I turned. When I got up, the discomfort went away. My doctor recommended Western Pennsylvania Ortho & Sports Medicine.” “Because of bone spurs and arthritis, my West PA Ortho surgeon did a total […]

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    “In the last 18 months, I’ve had 3 right knee injuries. The first was a volleyball injury: a complete tear of my right ACL with three torn ligaments. The second injury was from riding my ATV. In November 2013, I slipped on some ice and it re-tore my ACL and meniscus. For all three, my […]

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    “I had always been very active, walked 5 to 8 miles every day and loved dancing. But arthritis took my life away. I would come home and cry because I could hardly walk. My family doctor referred me to Western Pennsylvania Orthopedic & Sports Medicine (WPOSM). “My WPOSM doctor said my best option was surgery. […]

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    I had two bone-on-bone knees and couldn’t stand long in one position. I had to sit down. My WPOSM orthopedic surgeon said it was arthritis in my knees, and I had my right knee done in April 2014. It feels good. I did very well, and when I was all done, I didn’t use a […]

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Western Pennsylvania Orthopedic & Sports Medicine

Western Pennsylvania Orthopedic Practice

It’s time to take control of your musculoskeletal health. Get started today by calling us at 814-255-6781.

No matter what sport you play, it’s important to take active steps to avoid injuries. But even the most practiced athletes can take a bad fall. Here are a few ways to prevent a bone injury from taking you out of the game.

  • Diet

One of the most important things you can do to prevent bone injury is to make sure your bones are getting the nutrition they need. For your bones to be able to withstand a strong impact, you need plenty of both calcium and vitamin D in your diet. Calcium is a mineral that is used to build the material that your bones are made of, and it’s found abundantly in dairy products. Vitamin D is a nutrient that helps the body to process calcium. If you are outside regularly, sunlight is an excellent source of vitamin D. But for the many people who spend large amounts of time working and relaxing indoors, you need to get your daily dose of vitamin D from your diet instead.

  • Protective gear

While protective gear may seem like an obvious choice, there are many people who refuse to wear it, especially when playing a sport casually. Wearing the proper gear is often seen as restricting and generally dorky in a lot of groups. While some gear can be a little bulky and uncomfortable, neglecting to protect certain areas can lead to suffering from injuries that otherwise could have been easily avoided. To protect yourself from bone injuries, you don’t have to suit up in a complete set of protective gear. At the very least, know what kinds of breaks are common in your sport, and aim to protect those areas. Also, not all protective gear consists of the large, unwieldy plastic plates and braces of your youth. Modern protective wear is sleeker, more fashionable and more durable (think Kevlar), without giving up the vital coverage it provides against harm.

  • Risk management

As athletes, sometimes we push ourselves to go for the clutch play or the game-winning point. It’s one of the best parts of playing a sport. But, while it can be fun to pull off a miraculous play, it’s also important to know that nothing you can do in a game is worth a lasting bone injury. No matter what your sport, there will be situations where you must determine in an instant if you want to take a risk and go for it, or to decide the risk isn’t worth it. Try to anticipate the situations in your game that could lead to an injury. These can be more obvious in high-contact sports like soccer or football, but even non-contact sports like cycling have scenarios that could end in injury. Take the time to get comfortable with your game and learn to judge if a risk is worth it.

While these preparations can help you prevent some bone injuries, sometimes they will happen anyway. If you are a professional or recreational athlete and you get injured, trust an orthopedic specialist. At Western Pennsylvania Orthopedic and Sports Medicine, we are trained to treat all kinds of fractures and breaks. Contact us at (814) 792-6188 or schedule an appointment online.


Providing expert, compassionate, convenient care for optimal outcomes

  • Expert care. Our board certified, fellowship trained orthopedic specialists have been providing superior care in Western Pennsylvania since 1982. Our team’s diverse expertise means we stand ready to provide proven, effective solutions for all musculoskeletal conditions.
  • Compassionate care. Our caring physicians work together with our friendly staff to get you back to healthy, active, everyday living. We take the time to get to know you, learn about your needs and goals, explain every step of your treatment, answer any questions you may have, and work with insurance companies on your behalf. We want to take the worry and hassle out of getting you back to optimal health.
  • Convenient care. We’re here for you when you need us. We have four convenient locations, and we have relationships with the area’s hospitals should surgery be necessary. We specialize in advanced, minimally invasive procedures to speed recovery.
  • Optimal outcomes. We use the latest advancements, with proven results, to diagnose, treat and rehabilitate all injuries and conditions whether caused by accident, sports injury, overuse or aging. We will identify the source(s) of the problem(s), develop a personalized treatment plan specific to your needs and goals, and then correct the issue as quickly as possible.

Our professional, friendly orthopedic team has helped tens of thousands of patients. Let us help you, too. Give us a call today at (814) 792-6188 or request an appointment online now.