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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Texas Orthopedics Celebrates National Women Physician Day

In honor of today's National Women Physician Day, we'd like to give a big shout out to our co-founder, Dr. Barbara Bergin, and board-certified physiatrist, Dr. Ai Mukai. They are both extraordinary women who have boldly entered, and proven highly successful in, the predominately male practice of orthopedics.

Dr. Bergin treats all types of bone and joint conditions. She is board certified with the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, and a fellow at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. She is passionate about educating her patients every step of the way whether it be for a surgery or rehabilitation program following an orthopedic injury.

Dr. Mukai's specialty is the non-surgical evaluation and management of neck and back pain, and pinched nerves. She is board certified with the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and is a fellow in Pain Medicine, at the University of California Los Angeles.

National Women Physician Day is celebrated on February 3 to honor the birthday of Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell, the first female physician in the United States to earn a medical degree (in 1849).

Join us today in saluting all women physicians by using hashtags #NWPD and #IAmBlackwell.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

5 Ways to Prevent Falls

Help! I've fallen, and I can't get up! Those are words you never want to hear from a loved one. Whwile falls can happen to people of all ages, it is especially hard to recover from a fall as you get older.

Falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries in adults, ages 65 and older, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Common injuries from falls include head injuries, dislocated shoulders, sprained ankles, and fractures to the arm, spine, pelvis, and hip.

Unfortunately, studies show that the majority of falls resulting in injury could actually have been prevented. Here are five tips to minimize falling:

1. Check your health.

Commit to an annual physical and eye exam, and avoid excessive alcohol consumption and smoking. Alcohol abuse and smoking can lead to high blood pressure and heart conditions which may cause bouts of dizziness or fainting.

2. Understand your medications.

Discuss with your doctor possible side effects of any over-the-counter or prescription medications you take. Make sure to always use caution if something mentions fatigue or dizziness. And remember to take medications on schedule and with a full glass of water or food, as directed.

3. Exercise regularly.

Walking, hiking, bike riding, dancing, weight training, and even yoga, are all great forms of exerciise that build bone strength and stave off osteoporosis - a condition causing bones to weaken and become brittle. Brittle bones are more susceptible to breaks and fractures should you take a tumble.

4. Go shoe shopping.

Wearing properly-fitting shoes can go a long way to prevent falls. Have your shoes professionally size/fitted, and make sure you are capable of tying and/or putting them on yourself. Consider Velcro fasteners if that is an easier option, and look for shoes with non-skid soles.

5. Tidy up your house.

Keep doorways, hallways, stairs, and routes between bedrooms and bathrooms well-lit and free of clutter. Make sure electrical cords are clear of pathways, and area rugs are secured to the floor with double-sided tape or slip-resistant padding. Also be sure to clean up spills or puddles immediately in the kitchen and bathrooms. Finally, organize commonly used items in lower cabinets/shelves so that they are within easy reach.

Courtesy of AAOS, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons)

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Common Running Injuries and Prevention

Many people vow to ramp up their fitness routines in the new year. While challenging yourself physically is a great resolution, going at it too hard right our of the gate can put you at risk for injury.

Runners: Listen up: Running is an excellent sport with many health benefits, but if you don't pace yourself properly, you are likely to suffer from one of these common issues: 
  • Runner's knee: tender pain surrounding the kneecap due to the repetitive force of pounding the payment
  • Achilles tendonitis: painful swelling of the Achilles tendon, or tissues connecting the heel to lower-leg muscles, often caused by improper footwear, tight muscles, or a too rapid increase in running distance or speed
  • Plantar fasciitis: inflammation, or actual tearing, of the delicate tissue on the soles of the feet, also due to the pounding nature of running or unsupportive shoes
  • Shin splints: sharp aching sensation in the shins when the muscles and tendons attached to the shinbone become irritated
Pulled muscles, sprains, fractures, and blisters are also common.

To protect yourself and prevent injury, follow these simple tips: 
  1. Abide by the ten percent rule.
    Don't increase your mileage by more than ten percent each week so that your body has time to adjust to new distances.
  2. Schedule rest days.
    Your body needs rest and time to recuperate every few days. It's just as important as your body needing exercise. 
  3. Check your shoes.
    Keep track of how many miles you have logged in a particular pair of shoes, and replace them every 600 miles or sooner. It's also a good idea to have your shoes fitted properly at a specialty running store.
  4. Keep it even.
    Running on smooth, even surfaces is more forgiving than trails made up of rough, rocky terrain.
If you have a painful or persistent running injury, make an appointment with your orthopedist.

(Courtesy of Greatist)

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Monday, January 25, 2016

Bone-boosting Benefits of Yoga

Strike a pose. A yoga pose that is! Yoga has long been credited as a stress reliever for mind, body and soul. Now research suggests that this ancient practice of holding and releasing the carefully choreographed positions has bone-boosting benefits as well.

A recent study published in the journal, Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation, questioned if yoga could be an effective treatment for osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a bone-weakening condition that affects both men and women and often leads to debilitating breaks and fractures.

This particular study tracked more than 200 women who performed a sequence of yoga poses at least every other day from 2005 to 2015.

Results revealed that yoga improved the women's balance, strengthened their gait, and ultimately increased bone density - specifically in the spine and femur.

Like weight-bearing activities, the controlled resistance used in yoga poses puts pressure on bones and strengthens them. The push and pull between muscles and bones causes the body to produce more osteocytes, or bone-making cells, improving bone density as you age.

In addition to increased bone density, other benefits of yoga include: 
  • greater flexibility/range of motion
  • better posture and balance
  • enhanced coordination
  • reduced emotional and physical stress
Check with your doctor first if you are being treated for osteoporosis or any serious medical condition before starting yoga or any new exercise regimen.

(Adapted from Shape magazine)

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Monday, January 18, 2016

Dr. David Savage Discusses Exercise Apps for Cold, Winter Months

The winter months in Austin can be unpredictable, which creates obstacles for those who like to exercise outside.

Dr. David Savage was recently interviewed by Ann Wyatt Little at Fox 7 about injuries he and his colleagues see during the colder months.

"In a popular cycling town like Austin, we see a lot of clavicle fractures, people fall down and break their clavicle or break their wrist. Runners I see trip and fall," Dr. Savage explained to Fox 7.

Dr. Savage also shared some great apps (many of them free!) that can help Central Texans stay fit and safe, especially when they don't want to venture outside if it's cold or wet. You can see those apps and his entire interview here.

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Dr. John McDonald Takes Hip Expertise to Symposium in Vail, CO

Dr. John McDonald
was asked to speak at the Smith and Nephew Vail Hip Symposium for the second year in a row. Approximately one hundred orthopedic surgeons attended from the US and around the world to hear Dr. McDonald speak about hip arthroscopy in the elite athlete and traumatic hip instability.

Dr. McDonald was also a lab instructor for cadaver labs. As a cadaver lab instructor, he helps surgeons learn and become more comfortable with hip arthroscopy techniques.

The course director for the Smith & Nephew symposium is Dr. Marc Philippon, who is Dr. McDonald's mentor and has performed more hip arthroscopies than any other surgeon in the world.

Dr. McDonald will also teach the Vail Masters Shoulder Arthroscopy course in early February.

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Keeping Your New Year's Resolutions

So many people make New Year's resolutions, yet only a few will actually keep them.

According to research from the University of Pennsylvania, only 77 percent of those making resolutions are still on track a week into the new year, with a mere 40 percent achieving a specific goal by year's end.

Here are tips to help stay the course and meet your goals, fitness/health or otherwise, in 2016:

  1. Make one change at a time
    Wanting to eat better, work out more, and lose weight are all great aspirations. But trying to accomplish everything all at once can be disastrous. Start by preparing nutritious meals, and healthy snacks for on-the-go, at home first for a week or two, then add gradually in gym classes or a workout to your schedule.
  2. Break up your goals
    Setting smaller, more attainable goals is always wiser than making one big declaration to do something. Losing 10 pounds is a very finite goal, but challenging yourself to go to the gym at least three times a week for a whole month allows you to make a positive change, with a littler wiggle room, and will set you off in the right direction.
  3. Lift your spirits
    If you find your willpower breaking down, take a moment to do something you enjoy until you get your resolve back. Watch a funny movie, listen to your favorite music, or hang out with friends. It's okay to take a break from your resolutions, you'll find that doing so will then get you back on track with a renewed energy and focus.
  4. Enlist your senses to help out
    Visual stimulation, or auditory or otherwise, can be very powerful. Putting a photo in plain sight of a new outfit you want to fit into, or a beach you'd like to save up for and visit on vacation, can be a huge motivator.
  5. Write down, then share your goals
    Finally, people who actually write down their goals on paper are significantly more likely to achieve success than those who don't. Also, sharing your journey with someone else hoping to achieve similar goals can help hold you accountable and stay driven.

    (Adapted from WebMD)

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