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Work Smarter (Not Harder) to Avoid Holiday Decorating Injuries

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Dr. David Espinoza, TSAOG’s Primary Care Sports Medicine specialist, was featured in an interview with WOAI Radio this morning:

“Tis the season” for wanna-be Clark Griswolds to spend Christmas in the hospital, or worse, because they fell off a ladder trying to create the ultimate Christmas display, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

Many of the homeowners who want to outdo the neighbors in the annual Christmas lighting competition end up in Dr. David Espinoza’s injury clinic at TSAOG Orthopaedics in San Antonio.

He says the number one rule is to respect the danger that height presents – and work smarter, and not harder.

“Never decorate alone,” he said. “He says if something does happen, you need someone who can help you, or call 9-1-1 if needed.”

He says many of the Christmas decorating accidents he sees involve improper ladder placement. He says the ladder should be positioned so you don’t have to reach too high or too far away from your center of gravity.

“The ladder needs to have at least three points of contact, and make sure that the ladder is on a steady, sturdy base that is not going to give out underneath you.”

He says while height is the biggest concern, you also want to make sure that you don’t reach too far to the side when you’re trying to put that light on Rudolph’s nose. “If you are having to lean too far to the side, where your belt line is no longer aligned with the center rungs, that might be too far to the side.”

He says it isn’t just outside decorations that can be problematic. He says he treats plenty of patients who fell trying to reach the tippy top of the Christmas tree in the living room.

He says a box propped on a chair on top of the couch is not a good way to reach the top of the tree. A stepladder is always the preferred alternative.

Work smarter, not harder, to stay safe this holiday season!

TSAOG Welcomes Dr. David Espinoza

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TSAOG is very pleased to welcome Dr. David Espinoza to our practice! He starts seeing patients today and has immediate appointments available.

Dr. Espinoza is a board certified Primary Care Sports Medicine physician. He treats patients aged 8 years and older for all non-operative orthopaedic and musculoskeletal conditions (with the exception of spine-related issues) and has new patient appointments available at our Stone Oak location.

His special interests include:

  • Non-Operative, Sports-Related Injuries
  • Diagnostic Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Evaluations
  • Ultrasound-Guided Interventional Procedures
  • Regenerative Medicine
  • Tenex Procedures
  • Concussion Management

About Dr. David Espinoza:

Dr. Espinoza is a board certified family medicine physician that is fellowship trained and certified in primary care sports medicine. He is originally from Deep South Texas in the Rio Grande Valley and obtained his undergraduate degree from The University of Texas at Austin, where he graduated with honors. He moved to Houston, where he earned his medical doctorate at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston. He then completed his Family Medicine residency at CHRISTUS Santa Rosa here in San Antonio, Texas.

During his residency, Dr. Espinoza gained a special understanding for the chronic conditions that plague the people of South Texas and San Antonio, and due to his experiences in family medicine, he decided to pursue a fellowship in sports medicine so that he could learn more about musculoskeletal conditions that limit and inevitably lead to the higher likelihood of developing chronic medical conditions such as hypertension, diabetes and hyperlipidemia. He completed a fellowship in primary care sports medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and subsequently took on a position with UPMC where he served as Assistant Professor for the University of Pittsburgh Medical School teaching fellows and residents in sports medicine, and served as head team physician for Robert Morris University as well as other local teams and high schools.

Dr. Espinoza is very active in sideline team coverage, concussion management, musculoskeletal ultrasound diagnostics and ultrasound-guided interventional procedures, and has increased interest regenerative medicine treatment modalities as well. He is a member of the American Medical Society of Sports Medicine (AMSSM), American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), the American Medical Association (AMA), and the Texas Medical Association (TMA).

Dr. Espinoza and his wife have been blessed with the opportunity to come back to Texas and provide quality medical care to fellow Texans. Outside of the workplace, Dr. Espinoza is an avid sports fan and he and his wife enjoy traveling, dancing, photography, and spending time with family, friends, and their French bulldog.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Espinoza, please call 210.281.9595.

To learn more about Dr. Espinoza’s background and training, please visit his webpage.

 

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