First Pokemon Go Videogame Injury Reported in Sonoma County.

Image-1Today, an ankle sprain got reported to Dr. John D. Hollander from a player injured while playing the popular game “Pokemon Go”. This injured Pokemon hunter happened to be our medical assistant Alma. Our office has been actively going on walks and catching Pokemon. They have found it exciting to exercise while having fun catching Pokemon.

One of the downsides reported in news outlets are accidents as a result of distracted Pokemon hunters falling into water fountains, cliffs or running into oncoming traffic. We see this as a serious threat to people’s health. Dr. Hollander never expected one of his staff to be in a foot related injury due to a Pokemon hunt.

Remember to always be alert while playing Pokemon Go, stay off roads and streets, and pay attention to your surroundings to prevent falling or tripping while trying to catch “them all”. Lucky for our medical assistant, her injuries were minor. She is to follow a typical treatment plan, she will recover quickly and be a more attentive Pokemon hunter in no time, “I will be a more careful and conscious Pokemon hunter from now on. Safety first!” Alma told Dr John D. Hollander and her co-workers.

If you happen to have an minor ankle injury that does not improve in a few days or if you see bruising, swelling, redness and heat, contact our office immediately for an appointment. Dr. Hollander will do an evaluation to make sure no tendons were torn or ruptured, and to make sure no bones were broken, such injuries need urgent professional medical care.

Call our office for an appointment if you have an ankle sprain at 707-578-1222.

FullSizeRender (11)Tips To Treat an Ankle Sprain (RICE):

R– Rest

I– Icing, 2 to 3 times a day for 10 minutes.

C– Compression with an Ace Bandage.

E– Elevation, rest with your ankle propped above your heart level.

Contact your physician for a follow-up appointment.


Article By: Jesus C. Vazquez, PMAC