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ROSEMONT, Ill., Oct. 19, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Dressing-up and gorging on candy are just two of the many reasons why Americans enjoy Halloween. But before roaming your neighborhood in your most frightful costume, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA) urge you to stay alert to potential injury-causing dangers that loom while trick-or-treating.
Research from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS) shows that during 2007-2015:
EXPERT ADVICE"Sometimes safety is the last thing on the agenda when having fun," said Joshua Matthew Abzug, MD, a pediatric orthopaedic hand surgeon at the University of Maryland Children's Hospital and an AAOS spokesperson. "Before hitting the streets, parents should educate themselves and their children on the dos and don'ts to ensure safety while trick-or-treating. For example, they should watch out for vehicles, distracted walkers, poorly lit houses and other dangers."
SAFETY TIPSThe AAOS and POSNA offer the following trick-or-treating safety tips:
More Information about the AAOSWith more than 39,000 members, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons is the world's largest medical association of musculoskeletal specialists. The AAOS provides educational programs for orthopaedic surgeons and allied health professionals, champions and advances the highest quality musculoskeletal care for patients, and is the authoritative source of information on bone and joint conditions, treatments and related issues.
Visit AAOS, at:
Newsroom.aaos.org for bone and joint health news, stats, facts, images and interview requests.
ANationinMotion.org for inspirational patient stories, and orthopaedic surgeon tips on maintaining bone and joint health, avoiding injuries, treating musculoskeletal conditions and navigating recovery.
Orthoinfo.org for patient information on hundreds of orthopaedic diseases and conditions.
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