During the summer months, many people are eager to embrace outdoor activities and enjoy the warm weather. However, with the joy of summer also comes an increase in orthopedic injuries. The combination of longer days, adventurous activities and other recreational hazards creates a perfect storm for accidents that can lead to fractures, sprains and other orthopedic traumas.

While engaging in summer fun can be a source of enjoyment, sudden bursts of activity or overexertion without proper conditioning can strain muscles, ligaments, and tendons, resulting in injury. Common activities like cycling, hiking, running and even gardening can put stress on vulnerable joints, leading to injuries. Watersports, such as swimming, diving, and water skiing, pose a different set of risks while contact sports like soccer, basketball and volleyball can result in fractures, dislocations and ligament tears. Trampolines, rollerblading, and skateboarding are also notorious for causing orthopedic injuries during the summer.

At Pikeville Medical Center’s (PMC) Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine Institute of Eastern Kentucky, the experienced and highly skilled team is equipped to care for these types of injuries. The surgeons, physicians, nurse practitioners and a host of other support personnel stand ready to treat whatever injuries summer may bring.

Orthopedic Surgeons Dr. Keith Hall, Dr. Kevin Pugh, Dr. Anbu Nadar and Dr. Kenneth Koval are highly experienced and can care for all kinds of orthopedic injuries to the knee, hip, ankle, shoulder, wrist and elbow as well as orthopedic traumas. Hand Surgeons Dr. Devesh Sharma and Dr. Anil Duggal specialize in surgery and treatment of serious injuries to the hands, wrists and fingers. Dr. Jamie Varney specializes in sports medicine and is ready to treat all kinds of sports-related injuries. The Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine Institute of Eastern Kentucky also staffs three podiatrists/foot and ankle surgeons and nine mid-level providers who see patients five days a week on the sixth floor of the PMC Clinic.

For more information about the Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine Institute of Eastern Kentucky at PMC or to make an appointment with one of the providers, call (606) 430-2206 or visit https://www.pikevillehospital.org/services/orthopedic-center