Health & Wellness

Aug
22
2018

BACKPACK TO SCHOOL

In our grandparents’ day, children walked long distances to school with only a lunch pail and a couple of books strapped together.

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Jun
11
2018

Getting Your Back into the Swing of Things

Sports played well are beautiful to watch.Skilled athletes make trained movement look easy to the rest of us.Take golf for example:to make a long drive off the tee, the golfer examines the terrain, judges the distance and wind conditions, chooses the correct club, assumes the proper stance, takes a moment for last minute concentration, pivots the body to achieve maximum power, and swings the club in one fluid downward arc, connecting with the ball, then following the orb to the aimed-for horizon.

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May
14
2018

​​Warm Up and Cool Down in the Summertime

The inquiring adult cannot get away from messaging about the importance of exercise for maintaining health.Even 20 minutes of aerobic exercise three times weekly is beneficial for circulation, senses, strength and endurance.Texas summers can get in the way of exercise.It’s hot and hotter well into the evening for months.

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Mar
29
2018

Time to Play Ball!

Winter is waning, Spring is in the air.We shake off the cold, and come to life with warm breezes and long sunny days.It’s time to get in shape and get ready for baseball season!

For those who enjoy playing baseball, a good warm-up and stretching exercises are important for avoiding and mitigating serious injury.This goes for everyone from the Little League kids and Softball League adults to the Major League.

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Jan
10
2018

​Keep Moving in Winter

Like bears, humans tend to hibernate during the winter months.Nights are longer, days are shorter and the cold air outside feels less welcoming to the human body.

Think of winter as a physical challenge. Turn the laziness into some fun, reachable goals that will improve your health and vitality.Think of exercise as getting ready for your beach vacation or hiking the Hill Country. It helps to visualize the big goal.

The easiest way to get moving is to join a local recreation center.There will be a monthly cost, but it is rarely unaffordable.There is normally a good assortment of spin cycles, exercise equipment, a track, basketball courts, and often, a pool. Choose what you like to do and go find an exercise partner who will help keep you going toward your goal.


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May
23
2017

Total Knee Replacement

Total knee replacements are becoming more common at any age given the wear and tear on the knees. Our William F. Tucker, Jr., MD, has more insight into this procedure:

Total knee replacement is one of the most common and most successful procedures in all of us. On average about 2 knees are replaced for every hip. This is due to the amount of stress which is placed in a localized area in the knee, which is a much more complicated joint than the hip.

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Dec
02
2016

Sleep: Preparing Your Body for Positive Surgical Outcomes

There are apps to help you track it, tips and tricks to help you get more, and stacks of studies warning of the risks of too little. We’re talking about sleep, of course, and while most people understand the important role of sleep in overall health, we want to talk about its vital role in surgical recovery.

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Nov
01
2016

Driving Awareness During American Diabetes Month

Did you know that diabetes is the nation’s seventh leading cause of death? It outranks AIDs and breast cancer combined. But with growing awareness of its prevalence and increased knowledge of how to prevent and manage the disease, diabetes has met its match with healthy lifestyle choices and advanced treatment options.

We are proudly taking the opportunity to increase awareness about this devastating disease that currently affects more than 29 million Americans.

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Oct
26
2016

Easing Pain With the Power of Physical Therapy

As we move throughout our daily lives, occasional aches and pains are an expected hiccup. Sometimes we can stretch our discomfort away or ease the edge with ibuprofen, but what about when pain refuses to be run off? What do you do when it becomes a chronic feature in life?

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Sep
15
2016

Back to School: Back(pack) Problems

You’ve downloaded this year’s list of school supplies, braved the retail store crowd hunting for the same calculators, No. 2 pencils, and 3-ring binders, and undoubtedly came to terms with that fact that, whether first grade or freshman, your kids are growing up entirely too quickly.

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Aug
16
2016

How Technology Affects Your Body

It’s no secret that we are inundated with technology everyday. The way we communicate with family members and loved ones, how we read our news, pay our bills, receive healthcare and go to work are all streamlined by technological advances.

While information is now readily available at our fingertips and we are more connected than ever, our bodies are prone to suffer from the adverse effects technology can have. Whether sitting too long at our desks, losing proper spinal alignment or not being active enough, it has become increasingly easy to develop poor habits and suffer from greater health risks.

Instead of accepting these conditions as the norm, there are many ways to help maintain your health and wellbeing and keep your body in check.

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Jul
14
2016

More Than A Crick—Common Spinal Injuries In Sports

You’ve long doffed your winter coat and have already spent plenty of afternoons basking in the sun. At Methodist Hospital for Surgery, we certainly hope that your coming days are going to involve summer sports and weekend campouts, but we also want to know that you’re taking care along the way.

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