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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Texas Orthopedics & Partnerships for Children

Each year Texas Orthopedics employees donate to an Austin charity during the holidays. This year we have chosen to help support Partnerships for Children and their Holiday Wishes program. Through this program, Partnerships for Children provides gifts for the holiday season to kids in the care of Child Protective Services. 

Our goal is to collect as many items on their wishlist as possible. If you would like to help, please feel free to drop off new, unused items at one of our six locations before December 14th.

Holiday Wishlist

  • Toys: cars & trucks, Legos, Building Blocks, Educational toys (LeapFrog, VTech), musical items, Thomas the Train, Toy Story or Cars items, Action figures (Transformers, Spiderman, Batman), arts & crafts, painting & drawing supplies, puzzles, board games, stuffed animals
  • Dolls: (all ethnic origin) Barbie dolls & accessories, Princess theme items, Hannah Montana items
  • Sports: football, basketball, soccer ball, volleyball, skateboard, roller skates, Heelys, bikes, tricycles
  • Books: (English & Spanish) talking books, board books, coloring books
  • Clothing: (infant to teen sizes) onesies, Old Navy, Polo, Vans, DC
  • Bedding: twin sheet sets and pillows
  • Hygiene products: deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, African American hair products, brushes and combs, baby powder, lotion, bath gel, perfume
  • School supplies for all ages

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Thanksgiving Holiday Information

Texas Orthopedics will be closed on Thursday, November 22nd and Friday, November 23rd for the Thanksgiving holiday. No medications will be filled over the holiday weekend. Please submit your refill requests by Tuesday, November 20th to allow our office to approve your requests.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Orthopaedic surgeons offer traveling safety tips

Post provided by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

Tense shoulders, or pains in the neck and back, are the all too familiar complaints of travelers who carry heavy luggage. As thousands of Americans gear up for travel this holiday season, orthopaedic surgeons share safety tips to reduce travel related injuries.

"Back pain is very common and affects millions of Americans," said orthopaedic surgeon and AAOS spokesperson Brett Taylor, MD. "While there are many reasons for back pain, twisting or lifting improperly can be a major cause. For that reason it's important to know what to do and what not to do while traveling with heavy bags or luggage."

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there were more than 59,400 luggage-related injuries treated at hospital emergency rooms, doctors' offices and clinics in 2011.

  • Of those injuries, more than 25,900 injuries were sprains and strains;
  • More than 26,300 were back injuries;
  • Approximately 2,060 were neck injuries

Travel/Luggage Safety Tips:

  • Lifting properly: When lifting luggage, stand alongside of it, bend at your knees, not your waist, lift with your leg muscles, then grasp the handle and straighten up (do not twist the spine). Once you have lifted your luggage, hold it close to your body.
  • Carrying luggage: Carry light pieces in both hands rather than one heavy item in a hand off to the side. This can decrease stress to the spine. Lift not drag luggage down stairs.
  • Correctly carrying backpacks: If using a backpack, make sure it has two padded and adjustable shoulder straps. Choose one with several compartments to secure various-sized items, packing the heavier things low and towards the center. Slinging a backpack over one shoulder does not allow weight to be distributed evenly, which can cause muscle strain.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Race for the Cure 2012

Thanks to all our employees and their family and friends for volunteering at the Texas Orthopedics water stop at the Race for the Cure. Looking forward to next year!