Bicycle riding is booming as COVID-19 continues. As a fellowship-trained orthopedic hand and upper extremity surgeon, Dr. Joshua Ratner of The Hand & Upper Extremity Center of Georgia is offering a safety guide for cyclists and mountain bikers throughout the region to help our communities stay safe and avoid injury. Patients in need of specialized bone, joint and muscle care are encouraged to call (404) 255-0226 to schedule a safe appointment with Dr. Ratner 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 for remote consultations.
“Dedicated to the health and safety of our community, we’re happy to see so much outdoor activity and a boom for bike riding, from mountain biking and traditional bicycling to electric cycling,” says Dr. Ratner. “This trend is fantastic for mental and physical health, especially as COVID-19 continues, and when cyclists go out and ride, we want to make sure they know about the potential for injury and take the necessary precautions.”
Before your next bike ride, refer to this safety guide from The Hand & Upper Extremity Center of Georgia:
“People who are just getting into biking, as well as experienced riders who are putting in more miles, have increased risk for injury,” adds Dr. Ratner. “Fractures, muscular issues and joint problems should be addressed by an orthopedic doctor promptly; however, if you have a head injury, internal trauma or a bleeding wound that will not stop bleeding, you will need to have someone take your to an emergency room immediately.”
Dr. Ratner is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with fellowship training in the upper extremity as well as microsurgery. He specializes in providing patients of all ages with surgical and nonsurgical care of the elbow, hand and wrist as well as orthopedic trauma and sports medicine care. His areas of expertise include pediatric hand surgery, congenital hand surgery, brachial plexus reconstruction, microsurgery and peripheral nerve surgery. Dr. Ratner is available to see patients at The Hand & Upper Extremity Center of Georgia’s offices in Atlanta, Alpharetta and Cumming.
To learn more about orthopedic safety or to schedule a safe appointment with Dr. Ratner, call (404) 255-0226.