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Eye on Health: Preventing orthopedic injuries

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You don't have to be an athlete to suffer an orthopedic injury and it can happen at any age.

This Eye on Health segment looks at treatment options and what you can do to help prevent these injuries.

Cindy Wirt never expected her trip to Las Vegas would lead her to Goshen Physicians Orthopedics and Sports Medicine.

"It's been a long haul. Not anything I’d wish on anyone,” said Wirt.

Last December, while on vacation, she was hit by car.

"Right now, I have four screws and a large rod in my leg-- from my knee to my ankle," she said.

"Her tibia and fibula were broken each in two or three places and it was open, meaning the skin was broken and her bone was coming out of the skin. So it was about as bad as it gets with a leg injury," said Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Arjuna Cuddeback.

Some would say it was luck that he was working in Vegas at the time. He was the doctor who first treated Cindy in the hospital and performed her surgery.

"One of the things I do remember was he asked where we lived at in Indiana, and most people don't know Goshen, so I made reference to South Bend, Notre Dame and he said, no - where in Indiana? So we said Goshen and he said, I’m moving there in two weeks,” Wirt said.

He's been with her ever since.

Goshen Physicians Orthopedics and Sports Medicine takes an all-inclusive approach when it comes to bones, muscles and joints. Whether recovering from injuries from an accident, dealing with arthritis, or a sports injury.

Physical therapists, medical imaging technicians and pain management experts work together from diagnosis to treatment to rehabilitation. Most are located in the same building in Goshen.

For Wirt, she may not have hit the jackpot in Las Vegas-- but given what happened, she got way more than she could have hoped for.

“I believe there's a reason we were put together and I wouldn't change it ever,” she said.

Preventing an orthopedic injury isn't always possible, but Dr. Cuddeback says the most common injuries he sees now are over-use injuries.

Thinking you can take on a physical task without training properly or preparing your body to do so.

One of the best ways to reduce your chances of sustaining one of these injuries is to stay active.

The Department of Health and Human Services recommends 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise per week.

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