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Time to Make Birdies at AOC’s 17th Annual Charity Golf Tournament

Posted on March 4, 2015 to Community Events

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17th Annual Alabama Orthopaedic Clinic Charity Golf Invitational
Benefiting Victory Health Partners

Thursday, April 30th, 2015
11 am Registration • 11:30 am Lunch • 12:30 pm Shotgun Start
4-Man Scramble
Azalea City Golf Course

What better way to spend a Thursday than on the course raising money for Victory Health Partners?  

Victory Health Partners exists to minister to the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the medically under-served by providing affordable, quality healthcare services. Their patients are low income uninsured people – those who do not qualify for government funded programs and cannot afford health insurance. Due to an extensive network of volunteers and donors, Victory Health Partners is able to provide their patients with $20 in services for every $1 donated.  Since 2003, Victory Health Partners has provided services to over 15,800 residents in and around our community.

In addition to a delicious lunch and 18 holes of golf, we will also offer a $10,000 hole-in-one contest, a putting contest, four (4) closest-to-the-pin prizes, and prizes for the 1st and 2nd place teams with the best gross and net scores. We anticipate a great day so, take a break in your work week and come out and play a 4-man scramble with AOC!

Use this entry form to sign up and see a list of sponsorship opportunities: AOC Golf Tournament Registration Form.

If you have any questions, please call Sarah Lightfoot at (251) 410-3707 or email

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6 Ways to Avoid Pain on Vacation

Posted on March 1, 2015 to News and Press

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You have been counting down the seconds to your vacation. Got your suitcase packed. Hotel is booked, everything seems ready but what about the journey? Have you made plans for how to prevent aches and pains that come along with prolonged sitting?  Whether you’re flying or driving, sitting for hours in a confined space can be uncomfortable. Before you jump in the car or board your flight, keep these tips in mind.

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1. Avoid leg numbness:

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After sitting for a long period of time, blood begins to pool in our legs and ankles. Prevent this by doing what are called “ankle pumps.” Just like pressing a gas pedal, ankle pumps move the feet in an up and down motion, which can help blood circulate from your legs back to your heart. This is a great exercise to help prevent swelling in feet.

 2. Take advantage of rest stops: 

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When you’re traveling take every opportunity to stretch your legs. Allowing you body to stretch will promote good circulation after an extended period of sitting.

 3. Posture Matters:

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Good posture is an overstated tip, but the truth is maintaining good posture, while traveling, can help prevent back pain. Use a lumbar pillow while you’re driving to prevent lower back pain.


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 4. Be Comfortable:

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Dress comfortable for your travels, seating is usually snug so you’re going to want to make yourself as cozy as possible. Tip: Wear socks with plastic treads on the bottom, they provide traction and double as slippers.

 5. Be kind to your back:

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Bring a neck pillow. As much as it pains you to lug it around the airport, you will not be sorry you brought it with you. Make sure you maintain good posture as well, it will help alleviate lower back pain.

 6. Keep Moving:

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Force yourself to get up and move around the cabin, Deep Vein Thrombosis (blood clot) is a serious health threat for those on long flights. Take every advantage to keep the blood circulating from your feet back to your heart. If you have a layover, don’t sit, walk around the airport until time to board.

Be proactive while you’re traveling to keep those nagging pains at bay.

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5 Tips for Eating Healthier

Posted on February 4, 2015 to News and Press


It seems like people are dieting more than ever these days. What many of them do not realize is eating healthy doesn’t mean sticking to strict dietary limitations or depriving themselves of the foods they love.  Eating healthy means eating a well balanced diet that can provide your body with the proper nutrition. With so many fad diets out there, it can be difficult to determine what a healthy diet consists of, that’s where we come in.  Here are 5 simple changes you can make on your journey to eating healthier:

 1. Start Slow:

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Eating healthy doesn’t happen overnight. If you change your diet all at once, it can lead to cheating or giving up on your new eating plan. Look at changing your eating habits as a gradual process, after a while, you will have developed better eating habits. It is important to remember that you don’t have to completely eliminate the foods you enjoy; the goal is to gradually become healthier.

 2. Everything in Moderation:

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Stop over concerning yourself with counting calories and measuring portion sizes. Think of eating healthier in terms of moderation. What do we mean by moderation? Moderation simply means eating as much food as your body needs. The goal of moderation is to think in smaller portions, when you’re home, try using smaller plates to help you eat less. If you find at the end of meals you’re still hungry, try adding more leafy greens and fruits.  It’s important to remember, after a meal, you should feel full not stuffed.

 3. Pile on the Fruits and Veggies:


The foundation of a healthy diet is fruits and vegetables. They are nutrient dense and naturally low in calories, which means they contain vitamins, minerals and antioxidants our bodies need. Unfortunately, people don’t eat the daily-recommended intake of fruits and vegetables (5-servings). You should try to eat fruits and vegetables with every meal. Try adding berries to your breakfast, snacking on vegetables at work, and swapping sweet deserts for fresh fruits.

 4. Switch to whole grain:

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Switching to 100% whole grain foods can improve your energy levels. Whole grains are found to be rich in phytochemicals, which can help reduce the risk of certain types of heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Add whole wheat, millet, quinoa and barley to your diet and avoid refined foods such as breads, pastas and cereals that aren’t made with whole grains. An important thing to note is to know the difference between good and bad carbohydrates:

  • Good carbs include whole grains, beans, fruits and vegetables.
  • Bad carbs include white flour, refined sugar, and white rice that have all been stripped of their natural bran, fiber, and nutrients

5. Limit Sugar intake:

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Many adults are not aware of the amount of sugar they take in on a daily basis. Sugar produces energy ups and downs that can lead to weight and health problems. The solution to this problem is simple, cut back on the desserts and sodas you consume. When you’re in the grocery store be mindful of hidden sugars in pasta sauces, canned soup and breads. Eat more naturally sweet foods to curb your sweet tooth.

Remember eating healthy means you should eat a well balanced diet. Now you can feel confident that getting healthier doesn’t have to be such a battle.

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Tagged: AOC, diet, food, Fruit, health, healthy lifestyle, Nutrition, vegetables, whole grain

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Texting Can Be a Real Pain in the Neck

Posted on January 16, 2015 to News and Press

We wake up, text. Go to work, text. Eat lunch, text. Walk, text. Go to bed, text.

What we don’t realize is our texting posture is becoming a real pain in the neck. Every day we all take part in this same epidemic called “texting posture.” We walk around in our hunchback position trying to stay connected through communicating, updating, and browsing. By constantly looking down at our phones, we are applying unnecessary stress on our cervical spine, which in turn can be the cause of our nagging neck pain.

On average, a human head, in a neutral position, weighs between ten and twelve pounds. Now tilt the head forward and you are exerting a pressure of up to sixty pounds. According to Dr. Ken Hansraj, a spinal and orthopedic surgeon in Poughkeepsie, New York, our texting posture can lead to early wear and tear of the neck muscles and cervical spine, which can ultimately end in surgery.

This is not to say that technology is bad, but lets try and use our smartphones smarter. Here are some helpful tips to avoid texting posture and that nagging neck pain.

1. Our eyes have a range of motion:

You don’t have to bring your device up to eye level to avoid texting posture. Our eyes have a range of motion, which means you can look down at your phone without tilting your head.

2. Stretch and stay limber:

Keep the joints in your neck limber. If you feel your neck getting stiff, try these easy exercises: turn your head left to right several times, then try lifting your shoulder to your ears.

3. Posture matters:

Maintain a proper posture. Try standing in a doorway and extend your arms while pushing your chest forward. This will help strengthen your spine.

4. Stay hydrated:

The discs in your neck are primarily made up of water. So sip on water throughout the day to keep the discs in your spine pliable and healthy.

5. Sleep on your back:

This sleep position is the best because it lets your entire spine rest comfortably.

6. Get plenty of rest:

Your neck works hard to support your heavy head, so give it a break. Napping during the day or taking a break can truly help your neck health.

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Workout at Work

Posted on December 29, 2014 to News and Press

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It seems like everyone is working longer hours these days and using the “I don’t have time to work out” excuse more than ever. If only there was a way you could work out at work… You can! There are several easy exercises you can do at your desk such as stretching, muscle-strengthening and even aerobics. No, you won’t become an Olympian, but any amount of exercise is beneficial to your health.

Here are ten easy exercises you can do at your desk:

1. Stairway to success:

Did you know Cary Grant stayed fit by taking the stairs? You can trade those cheeky elevator tunes for elevating your heart rate. As you walk up and down the stairs, accelerate your pace by taking two steps at a time for a real leg burn.

2. The Leg Raiser:

You can do this simple exercise while seated. Start by straightening both legs and hold this position for five seconds. Then lower your legs back down without touching letting your feet touch the floor. Repeat for 10 reps. If this isn’t enough, try placing your purse or brief case on top of your legs for added weight.

3.  New age curl:

Water bottle curls. You heard us, workout your biceps with a water bottle. This exercise can be done standing or sitting. Start by taking the stapler in one hand with palms facing upwards. Just like a normal dumbbell bicep curl, start at the thighs then bend the elbow and curl your arm up to your chest. Repeat for 12 reps, then alternate arms.

4.  The Seat Shimmy:

Love to twirl in your swivel chair? Use it to your advantage with this oblique abs fix. Sitting upright with your feet hovering over the floor, hold the edge of your desk. Next, use your core to swivel the chair from side to side. Swing back and forth for 20 rounds.

5.  The Polished Posture:

Momma was right, perfect posture is a must for back health. Adjust your chair height to insure that your feet, hips and arms are at a 90-degree angle to the floor. Don’t slouch. Engage your core to keep you sitting upright

6.  The Samurai:

Stand and clasp your hands together, resting them on the right shoulder as if holding a sword. Lightly swing the imaginary “sword” by straightening the elbows and moving the hands toward the left thigh. Next, bring the clasped hands to the left shoulder followed by a swing to right thigh. Repeat 10 times on each side, or until you feel like a real office ninja.

7.  The Jersey Shore:

Turns out the Jersey Shore cast taught us one good thing, fist pumping. Start by balling you hand into a fist. Then raise your fist in the air and begin to pump your arm over your head for 30 seconds. Repeat for 5 reps, then alternate arms.

8.  Twist and Shout:

Queue the music, sit up straight in your chair and place your right arm behind your right hip. Twist to the right and hold (shouting is optional). Then alternate sides.

9.  The Tapper:

No you don’t need any dancing skills for this exercise, all you have to do is speedily tap your toes on the floor under your desk.

10. The Web Slinger:

Is your spidey sense tingling or could it just be carpal tunnel? All you have to do for this exercise is tense and relax the muscles in your hands to form the iconic Spiderman bending your hand up and down. Another hand stretch technique is to make a fist, spread your fingers and bend your fingers.

Now stop reading this blog and get to exercising more than your brain!

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Chic Shoes Could Be Hurting You: AOC Explores How Different Shoes Relate To Leg Injuries

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Ladies your shoes are cute, but are they really worth the achy feet? Our shoes reflect our personal style, but more often than not, they aren’t good for your feet, legs and back. While shoes may show off your unique style, they can be the root cause of common discomfort in your feet, legs and back. Here are three types of shoes that could be causing you pain.

1. High Heels:

Ladies we know you love your pumps and how they make you feel, but the reality is that high heels have been found to have lasting negative effects on your feet and legs. Your favorite stilettos can cause shin splints, hair-line fractures, and even a sprained ankle. There are safer alternatives such as wearing lower 3/4 chunky heel or wearing a commuter shoe (a pair of sneakers or tennis shoes).

2. Flip Flops:

Flip flops are the go to shoe for comfort seekers but the truth is wearing flip flops can tear and inflame the plantar fascia, which is an important tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot. If you just have to wear flip flops, buy a pair that are fitted and provide ample arch support to contour to the shape of your foot.

3. Flat shoes:

We all want to embody the effortless style of Audrey Hepburn’s ballet flats, but like high heels, flats can have negative effects on your feet. Flats are like their description; they have not arch support and have less cushioning than normal shoes. Wearing flats often can lead to the ligaments and tendons in your feet to overstretch and collapse, which is the cause of your achy feet.

The next time you buy shoes, keep this in mind: always buy shoes that provide ample support. You don’t have to substitute style, you can take simple steps like buying insoles for your flats and heels to give you the support those shoes lack.

Tagged: Alabama Orthopaedic Clinic, foot and ankle, foot injuries, leg injuries, shoes

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The Elf That Fell Off The Shelf

Posted on December 12, 2014 to News and Press


Every year Shane NanEggins looks forward to his job as the Smith’s Elf on the Shelf. This year, his job was almost interrupted when the new house cat, Augustus, caused Shane to fall off his shelf and hurt his leg.

Thankfully, Shane went to Alabama Orthopaedic Clinic!

1. Setting up His Appointment

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Shane needed to make an appointment and fast, so he logged on to the AOC website and found an online appointment request form under Patient Resources. Before Shane knew it, he had an appointment set up and was on his way to see a doctor.

2. Waiting Isn’t a Bother at AOC


This was Shane’s first visit to AOC, but Shane already knew what to expect. He found a First Visit Checklist on the AOC website that offered helpful tips for the check-in process. Shane didn’t mind waiting because they had plenty of magazines, even his favorite, Elf Illustrated!

3. Getting an X-ray


While waiting to get his x-ray, Shane got back on the AOC website where he found a Virtual Tour of the Digital x-ray machine. He knew he was in good hands seeing that AOC uses state-of-the-art technology.

4. Getting the Right Care at AOC


After getting an x-ray, Shane’s doctor determined he had a complicated fracture. To better explain his injury, Shane’s doctor showed him the Areas of Injury feature on the website under Patient Resources.

5. Get Everything You Need at AOC


The doctor decided Shane needed a cast on his leg. Shane was fixed up and out the door in no time and back to the Smith’s home where he was able to rest in comfort. While resting, Shane went on AOC’s website and found this helpful blog, Falling: Causes and Preventions, written by one of AOC’s doctors.

6. Getting Back in the Swing of Things

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After getting his cast off, Shane needed to go to physical therapy. Shane found information about AOC’s Physical and Occupational Therapy services on the AOC website. He made his appointment and was ready to work hard to get back on his feet.

7. Back to Work


Thanks to all of the staff at AOC, Shane was happy to be back at work and watching over the Smith’s little tykes once again.

From making appointments, to researching injuries, to reading up on physician’s blogs, Alabama Orthopaedic Clinic’s website has a little bit of everything you need. As always, you can call 251-410-3600 if you would like to speak with someone about any orthopaedic issues you might be facing. Happy Holidays from AOC!

**No Elves on the Shelf were injured in the making of this blog.

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Tagged: Alabama Orthopaedic, Alabama Orthopaedic Clinic, AOC, Broken bones, Christmas, Elf on the Shelf, knee, rehabilitation

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A Fall Fitness Routine Can Help with the Holidays

Posted on November 18, 2014 to News and Press

Once again, the holiday season is fast approaching. While many of us look forward to the fun family get-togethers, some of us are not looking forward to packing on the pounds or the maintenance and busyness that comes along with holiday decorating, house cleaning, meal preparation and shopping. The list can go on and on.

How can you protect yourself against all that the holidays bring? Start a fall fitness program to get yourself in the habit of being healthy before the whirlwind of it all begins! Here are 5 workout tips to not only help you prevent weight gain, but also protect your body from possible injury.



Lunges are a great way to work all the major muscles of the hips, glutes and thighs.

Jump Rope


Jumping rope is an easy and quick exercise that burns lots of calories and is good for the heart.


Running, wether inside on a treadmill or outside, has great short term and long term benefits.

Running, whether inside on a treadmill or outside, has great short-term and long-term benefits.


Doing crunches is a great way to strengthen your core muscles which also helps your back.

Doing crunches is a great way to strengthen your core muscles, which also helps your back. 


Cycling is a great way to build stamina, burn calories, improve heart health and much more.

Cycling is a great way to build stamina, burn calories, improve heart health, and much more.

These are some great tips for protecting your body from holiday damages. As for protecting you against family members who might outstay their welcome, well that’s a whole other blog. Make a plan for yourself to get fit and stay fit this year and you can have a positive outlook on the upcoming months. The New Year will be here before you know it!

If you need help in a specific area or want an expert opinion, give us a call at Alabama Orthopaedic Clinic, 251-410-3600, or visit us at

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Dr. M. Preston Daugherty, Jr. to Retire from Alabama Orthopaedic Clinic

Posted on October 22, 2014 to News and Press

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After 42 years of compassionately serving the Mobile community as an orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. M. Preston Daugherty, Jr. has announced he will retire from active practice with Alabama Orthopaedic Clinic (AOC) on November 3, 2014.

A graduate of the Medical College of Alabama, Dr. Daugherty completed his orthopaedic residency at University of Alabama Hospital and Clinics in Birmingham, Alabama. Upon completion of his residency in 1972, Dr. Daugherty began practicing orthopaedics in Mobile with Earl, King, Semon & Daugherty. He later moved to Old Shell Orthopaedics, which in 2003 merged with Alabama Orthopaedic Clinics.

Patient interaction and care has always been fundamental to Dr. Daugherty’s practice and his decision to practice medicine. Dr. Daugherty chose to pursue orthopaedics because he wanted to treat patients of all ages. When asked what he will miss most about practicing medicine, Dr. Daugherty is quick to respond “the patients”. And after 42 years of service in the Mobile area, when asked what treasured memories he will take with him into retirement, Dr. Daugherty reflects fondly on having had the privilege of treating the grandchildren of some of his early patients.

Upon retirement, Dr. Daugherty is looking forward to, first and foremost, some rest and relaxation with his wife of 51 years, two daughters, two granddaughters, and his dog Andy. He also looks forward to traveling throughout the United States, possibly by train. Although he is not yet sure where his travels will take him, he is excited by and open to the adventure of the unknown.

Alabama Orthopaedic Clinic physicians and staff acknowledge Dr. Daugherty for his many years of dedicated service and wish him the best of luck in all future endeavors. He has been an essential partner to the practice and his presence will be sorely missed.

After Dr. Daugherty’s retirement, AOC will continue to serve his patients with uninterrupted care. Our appointment schedulers will work one-on-one with existing patients to make sure they are appropriately reassigned to one of our 21 remaining physicians. We will be happy to accommodate all patient needs as best as we can in this process. If you are a patient of Dr. Daugherty’s and have any concerns regarding your physician reassignment, please feel free to call (251) 410-3600 to speak with one of our appointment schedulers.

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AOC’s Halloween Costume Contest

Posted on October 20, 2014 to News and Press

At Alabama Orthopaedic Clinic we take pride in providing our patients with the best service and most effective treatment we can. Our staff also likes to provide our patients with a reason to smile. That’s why each year at Halloween the doctors and staff like to dress up in funny and interesting costumes.

Although we haven’t had our 2014 Halloween dress up day yet, here are a few pictures from years past:


This is a fun Toy Story group from 2011


In 2013, we had a surprise visit from the Harlem Globe Trotters! (Or maybe their wanna-be’s)


This crayon crew from 2012 was sure to brighten up the patients day!

If you haven’t had a chance to see some of our amazing costumes in-person, stop by for a visit on Friday, October 31, 2014. We would love to see you!

Want to see more photos?

2011 Facebook Album

2012 Facebook Album

2013 Facebook Album

2014 Facebook Album (coming soon)

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