As travel and many activities outside the home have decreased in the wake of COVID-19, many area residents are spending more time at home and engaging in do-it-yourself projects, which can come with their own set of risks, most commonly hand, arm, elbow and shoulder injuries. From DIY home décor to home renovation, routine repairs and landscaping, fellowship-trained hand surgeon Dr. Joshua Ratner and his team at The Hand & Upper Extremity Center of Georgia offer expert safety guidelines for adults and families to follow while undertaking any project this fall. Patients in need of specialized bone, joint and muscle care are encouraged to call (404) 255-0226 to schedule a safe appointment in Atlanta at 980 Johnson Ferry Road NE, Suite 1020; in Alpharetta at 3400A Old Milton Parkway, Suite 350; or in Cumming at 2000 Howard Farm Drive, Suite 310. Telemedicine appointments are also available.
"Every year, minor and serious hand, wrist, shoulder and elbow injuries associated with DIY projects are common — this year, the risk may be higher with more people taking on projects while they spend more time at home during COVID-19," says Dr. Ratner. "From home improvement to crafty décor, fall projects can be fun and rewarding to accomplish on your own, but they also come with some safety risks, so my colleagues and I wanted to share some go-to tips for completing projects safely."
Follow these safety tips from The Hand & Upper Extremity Center of Georgia to help avoid injuries when taking on a project:
"If you experience any numbness, pain or have loss of movement in on of your extremities after working with tools or doing heavy lifting for a project, seek medical attention," says Dr. Ratner. "If you have a serious injury, you should consult with a specialist as soon as possible."
Dr. Ratner is a fellowship-trained upper extremity surgeon specializing in the elbow, hand and wrist. He is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and holds a Subspecialty Certificate in Surgery of the Hand from the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Ratner is available to see patients at the practice’s offices located in Atlanta, Alpharetta and Cumming.
To learn more about orthopedic safety or to schedule a safe appointment with Dr. Ratner or one of the many experts at The Hand & Upper Extremity Center of Georgia, call (404) 255-0226.