Fall in the Northwest

Fall has arrived in the Northwest. The days are shorter and the temperature is cooler. Universities and schools are in full session. Athletic programs are in full-swing, ski season is only a month away, and “Turkey Bowl” football training never happens.

Orthopedic sports injuries are common at this time of year. I see many student-athletes with injuries, many of which are nonsurgical management. Treatment and rehabilitation for sports injuries will be coordinated through my office at all times. Surgical management will be decided on an individual basis.

Many baby boomers and seniors also take advantage, at this time of year, to have joint replacement surgery. It is an ideal time to surgically deal with end-stage arthritis and undergo joint replacement surgery and rehabilitation in anticipation of a nonpainful joint and new lease on life. Many patients known as “snow birds” will elect to have their surgery in Seattle and then head south for the winter, where they will continue their rehabilitation process in warmer weather.

My office and staff are happy to make a timely appointment by phone, or through the internet, which fits your family and work schedule. We are dedicated to customizing your orthopedic treatment to your specific needs and communicating these treatment plans to your primary care physician. We look forward to serving you, your family and friends in the future with orthopedic needs as the healthcare environment around us continue to change yearly. My staff and I want to wish all of you a safe and healthy fall season in the beautiful Northwest.

Herbert R. Clark, M.D.