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Many of my patients complain of pain in their knees when they stand up from a sitting position. It’s a COMMON COMPLAINT. It’s often one of the earliest signs of arthritis, and it’s certainly a reminder we’re getting old. When I was a young woman, I could go from lotus position, to a sprint, without thinking one iota about my knees. Now just to get up—after sitting through a rerun of Law & Order—is a stark reminder of my age.

Our aged knees would like nothing better than for us to get in the fetal position and stay there. 

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I often find myself telling my patients what not to do, instead of what TO DO. Frankly it’s easier to dole out restrictions than recommendations. Here’s an example: Don’t eat sugar. That’s easier than trying to tell a patient under what circumstances it’s okay to eat sugar. But here’s one on the TO DO list:

Do single leg standing exercises! They improve balance and help prevent falls.

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People always ask whether to use heat or ice, and the honest answer is, for the most part, it really doesn’t matter. Neither is going to ruin the opportunity to heal or have a major effect on the outcome.

For most conditions, it’s about what feels best. Especially when it comes to chronic conditions, like arthritis, bursitis or tendonitis.

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If you’ve been reading my posts you know I often base my recommendations on the basis of how I earn a living. If I see a pattern which results in injury, I try to recommend ways to prevent them.

Frankly I should be promoting sports, boot camps and extreme strength training programs. They’ve created a huge business for surgeons. They provide patients ripe for the picking! I should promote the decorating of houses for Christmas, because ladder injuries deliver a sweet financial boost just before year end.

What about the number one New Year’s Resolution? How could there be any harm there?

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Man on a ladder installing outdoor Christmas lights.
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It’s that time of the year, and I’m already seeing the seasonal uptick in the number of ladder injuries. Interestingly, there are now more ladder injuries during Halloween because hanging lights for that dark day has now become de rigueur.

Look, it’s pretty simple. Ladder injuries are potentially devastating and almost 100 percent preventable.

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AUTHOR, DR. BARBARA BERGIN, FALLING OFF HER HORSE IN HER EARLY DAYS OF RIDING
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Skiing, motorcycle, bicycle and horseback riding accidents remain a source of new patients for orthopedic surgeons. We see everything from the simple sprain and fracture to the devastated bodies of the victims of these often high-velocity accidents.

Whether due to the impact with another vehicle or to the collision with the hard and unforgiving ground, head injuries can can be life-changing… even fatal. Continue Reading

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There are a lot of simple things we can do to prevent a fall. Many of the devastating injuries I see every day in my medical practice are a result of a fall. I’m hoping the fall prevention measures I share with you will become part of the habitual things you do to protect yourself from injury. Continue Reading

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“I’m late! I’m late! For a very important date.”

And just how important was that date, when you’re sitting in the ER with a broken wrist and nose? We’re always in such a big hurry, and if it’s not an important date we’re headed to, we just think we’re running out of time. We’re even in a hurry to be at leisure. Continue Reading

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I have become the tail bone pain (coccydynia) expert of Central Texas. Recently I saw someone with coccydynia, from Waco, which is about 100 miles away, because no one there would see it. If a patient calls an orthopedic surgeon’s office in just about any city in Central Texas and asks to be seen for tailbone pain, they will be told there’s no one who will see that, and eventually the patients (99% are women) find me. Continue Reading

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How many times a day do you sit on the throne? Obviously for women it’s a lot more than for guys. Getting up from a regular toilet is not much different than getting up from a squat, and squats are bad for your health (more on that another time). Continue Reading