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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

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Brenda’s “Talented and Expensive Feet”  and “Forgive Me Dear Feet” posts reminded me of something I can’t write enough about. If I see 100 people with painful hammertoes, bunions, or callouses, 99 are women. It’s partly because of the structure of our feet. But the same could be said for men. So why don’t they complain? Continue Reading

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In the summer I see a lot of boating accidents. Obviously you’re going to stay away or be super cautious around the hind end of a boat. And just for the record… Don’t drink and drive on land or water. It’s so dangerous, and drunken boat drivers usually take many people’s lives into their incapable hands. There are no seat belts. Don’t let drunk drivers man the boat you’re in.

But here are some other accidents, which often cause great disability and generally are preventable.

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Did you know stewardesses are, by company policy, not supposed to help you lift your baggage? We’re not supposed to carry more than we can handle. Airline employees sustain thousands of injuries every year. Helping travelers lift bags into the overhead compartment is high on the list of potentially injurious activities. If it’s bad for them, it surely must be bad for you! Check your baggage. Carry on a clean pair of undies and a toothbrush if you must. But carry the minimum. Continue Reading

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I’m having surgery. Now I’m nesting and thought you might like to know how a surgeon nests before her own operation.

I get really clean. Okay, I’m clean, but I get super clean.

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It’s summer and we’ve traded in our boots for flip flops, sandals and mules. And you know I wouldn’t be talking to you about this, if it wasn’t hazardous to your health. Continue Reading

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There are a number of ways to reduce your pain, ranging from hard core narcotics to rest and everything in-between. We’re all aware of the dangers of prescription narcotic use, but most of us don’t think we’ll ever have a problem, and many of us think we don’t have a problem…when we do.

Some patients have a predisposition to drug and alcohol addiction. I’m not talking about those patients. A few doctors are supplying drug users/sellers with narcotic scripts for profit. Not talking about them, either.

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Any woman over the age of 40 who falls from the height of her own body–in other words, doesn’t get bucked from a horse or fall off a ladder–and suffers a wrist, shoulder or hip fracture, has a fragility fracture until proven otherwise. With the exception of spinal compression fractures, the only way to sustain fragility fractures is to fall down. This is a follow-up to my osteoporosis blog, and the best way to prevent fragility fractures (broken bones due to the presence of osteoporosis) is not to fall in the first place.   Continue Reading

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Do you know these six, important, common misconceptions about osteoporosis? Continue Reading