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Monday, July 21, 2014

Many Helping Hands for Habitat Humanity

There is no better way to end a week then helping families in the Austin community. Texas Orthopedics' staff members traded their scrubs, office attire and laptops for outdoor working clothes, paint brushes and hammers as volunteers for Habitat for Humanity.

More than 30 employees helped to build a home in East Austin for a grateful family. At the end of the day, everyone was sunburned, sweaty and sore... and with huge smiles on their face. What a fulfilling day! 

Thank you, Habitat for Humanity, for allowing us the opportunity to lend a helping hand.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Beat the Heat, But Watch Where you Dive!

Central Texans love to beat the summer heat by hitting some of our beloved lakes, rivers and pools. From Hamilton Pool to Barton Springs to Lake Austin to our community pools, there are plenty of options.

We most often hear about swim safety tips from drowning prevention. But diving accidents can be just as devastating. And with our record-low lake levels, swimmers need to use proper diving safety as well. Experts see more cases of spinal cord injuries in summer months than any other time of year And the consequences can be life changing, including paralysis or even death.

According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, more than 1,700 spinal cord injuries result from diving accidents every year and about 6,000 young people under the age of 14 are hospitalized because of a diving injury.

Think before you jump. Five safety tips to follow. 
  • Always jump in feet first
  • Be aware of depths and sand bar locations
  • Never dive in the shallow end of the pool
  • Never dive into above-ground pools
  • Never dive through water toys like inner tubes
Click here to read myths and facts about safe diving from the Foundation for Aquatic Injury Prevention.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Calf, Ankle, Back, Oh My! 5 Common Tennis Injuries

As the official sports medicine providers of the Austin Aces, the new professional tennis team for Central Texas, well, we have a lot of tennis on our minds. Yet, it's not just because we're excited about Austin Aces' inaugural year or the recently finished Wimbledon Championship that puts tennis front and center.

Tennis is a sport that is played year-round in Central Texas and our specialists are constantly helping players get back on their feet. In fact, more than 21,000 tennis-related injuries occur each year.

Here are the Top 5 Tennis Injuries:
  • Sprained Ankle
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Calf Strain
  • Stress Fracture of the Back
  • Tennis Elbow
How do you prevent an injury from ruining your next match? Check out these tips from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.

Have a question? Ask us on Facebook or Twitter (@TexasOrthopedic). 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Texas Orthopedics Physicians Get Big Kudos in Texas Monthly

A big kudos is in order for five Texas Orthopedics physicians who have been named to Super Doctor
2014 Rising Stars List in the July issue of Texas Monthly Magazine. Congratulations to:

Dr. Michael Loeb

Dr. Christopher Danney

Dr. Brian Hardy

Dr. Kenneth Bunch

Dr. Ai Mukai

The selection process entails identifying physicians who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Super Doctors is a selective and diverse listing of outstanding doctors, representing consumer-oriented medical specialties.

To be eligible for inclusion in Rising Stars, candidates must be active physicians who have been fully-licensed to practice for approximately 10 years or less.

While approximately 5 percent of the physicians within the respective state or region are named to Super Doctors, no more than 2.5 percent are named to the Rising Stars list. You can find that list at

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Monday, July 7, 2014

Bad Posture at Work Leads to Bad Posture All the Time

New research shows that bad posture at work can lead to bad standing posture all the time... And good posture isn't just about looking more confident. It translates to reduced back and joint pain and even helps boost our mood.

Here's how to have the best posture: Experts say it's more than simply standing with our shoulders back. It's about maintaining good alignment with ears over the shoulders, shoulders over hips, and hips over the knees and ankles. And your body weight should be distributed evenly between the feet.

With most of us sitting at computers for many hours a day, seated posture is very important because it can also affect your posture while standing and walking. Medical professionals say think about your posture while you're walking, getting up out of a chair or even when you're using a cellphone or tablet.

And what about good posture improving your mood? It's long been known that depression leads to slouching, but new research shows the reverse is also true - slumped posture can spark negative emotions and thoughts.

So avoid unnecessary pain and improve your mood by doing what mom has said all along - sit up straight!

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Why We're Excited About Austin Aces

Texas now has a professional team... the Austin Aces tennis team. New owner, Lorne Abony, purchased the Orange County team last year and brought them to Austin, Texas. We're grateful he did.

While you have not seen Andy Roddick at the US Open or Wimbledon for several years, he did not retire from tennis. Roddick has been playing for eight season with World Team Tennis (WTT). This year Roddick will be helping WTT Austin Aces win the championship in its inaugural year.

Here are three reasons why we're excited about Austin Aces and WTT.

1. Roddick is back. The former world #1 player and hometown favorite, Andy Roddick, will be leading the new Austin team. Enough said.

2. The tennis viewing will be tops. Cedar Park allows for a more intimate setting and promises to have up-close-and-personal access to the starts for the audience.

3. Because a bunch of other greats are part of WTT. Check out the Austin Aces team! Other WTT stars include Venus Williams playing for the Washington Kastles and James Blake playing for the Springfield Lasers. The Austin Aces schedule provides a listing of upcoming home and away games.

We're proud to be the Austin Aces official sports medicine physicians and hope to see you there.

Have a question? Ask us on Facebook or Twitter (@TexasOrthopedic).

Monday, June 30, 2014

Three Reasons Girl Athletes are at Risk for ACL Injury

In the U.S. 56% of high school students play sports of some type, reported in Austin Family magazine. The participation rate among girls has seen the highest growth in the last decade and is part of the reason ACL injuries have escalated quickly among young female athletes. However, there are some body and strength differences that put girls more at risk for injury.

In his interview with Austin Family, Dr. Randall Schultz, orthopedic surgeon with Texas Orthopedics, says that the running, jumping, stopping and starting can put girls' knees at greater risk of injury.

"We know that high velocity sports are the ones that really put them at risk (for knee injury), so soccer is a big one, basketball as well and probably to a lesser degree volleyball and softball."

Differences in body build and strength change the way girls land on their feet, compared to boys. Here are three examples:

1. Girls use their quads more. Girls' quadriceps (Muscle group in the top of the thing) is the dominant, or strongest, muscle in the leg. This means that girls don't use their hamstrings or their knees as much when they land or change direction during sports. Males, on the other hand, have a tendency to use their hamstrings.

2. Girls have a dominant leg. In girls one leg tends to be strong than the other leg, while in boys, both legs usually have the same strength. This can cause girls to be off balance when they land and set them up for an ACL injury.

3. Girls often have less core strength. This makes it harder for girls to have control over their bodies during physical activity.

What can parents do to prevent injury? Incorporate more neuromuscular training into a young athlete's preparation. Therapist can work the individual to gauge their risk and then develop a program to reduce that risk.

"A lot of it comes down to the position of the foot relative to the knee, and then the ability to have the strength to control and slow down a rapid deceleration or a quick change in direction," explains Dr. Schultz.

Click here to read the full article.

Click here to contact Texas Orthopedics and learn how we can help your young athlete reduce her injury risk.

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