FBJ’s Dr. Darius Moezzi said many of the injuries seen from this increased outdoor recreation are overuse injuries, which make up about half of the urgent, same-day appointments at the orthopedic practice.
“We’ve always continued to see these injuries and we’ve probably seen even more of these injuries. Looking back, I’ve seen a few more mountain biking injuries this time compared to last year, for sure, and more overuse running injuries,” said Moezzi, who specializes in shoulder and knee conditions. “It’s a big running community here in Flagstaff with lots of endurance athletes and trail runners, and you see a fair amount of knee pain.”
Some recent patients have also arrived with injuries from their time using new home gyms built because of a discomfort with returning to their public gym.
Moezzi added that this year’s dry monsoon season could also be partially responsible for more outdoor recreation in Flagstaff.
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“Seasonally, I’ve seen more of these activities, more injuries, more people out running, more people changing how they work out, transitioning to a home gym, doing more camping, doing more outdoor activities, and I think our weather, which has been unseasonably warm, has contributed to that,” Moezzi said.
Increased injuries are just one of the factors leading to increased patient volume at FBJ, though.