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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:

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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:

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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:

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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:

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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:

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

6. Get plenty of rest:

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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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Tagged: alabama orthopedic clinic, neck, neck pain, smartphones, Spine, texting

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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:
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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:
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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:
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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:
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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:
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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:
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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:
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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:
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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:
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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:
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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:
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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:
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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:
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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

Jump Rope

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

 Running

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.

Crunches

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

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 www.alortho.com.

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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:

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This is a fun Toy Story group from 2011

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

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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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2nd Annual Alabama Orthopaedic Clinic Charity Clay Shooting Tournament

Posted on September 18, 2014 to News and Press

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It’s that time of year again! The 2nd Annual AOC Charity Clay Shooting Tournament will be held at Taylor Creek Shooting Preserve on Friday, November 7th at 11:00 am. This year ALL proceeds from this community outreach event will benefit Ransom Café.

Ransom Café exists to combat physical and spiritual hunger locally and throughout the world by using quality fresh ingredients in the food served, helping others to learn about food preparations, job preparedness, participating in community missions and showing the love of Jesus through acts of service. They are able to do this through the generous support of our community.

November 7th is right around the corner, so please take this opportunity to register early for the tournament.  Early-bird pricing for single shooters is available through Friday, October 10th (extended through Tuesday, October 14th). In addition to door prizes and goody bags, we will also have prizes for 1st, 2nd & 3rd place, the best overall shooter, and the most improved shooter.

Lunch is provided to all participants before we start. Registration and lunch begins at 11:00 am, the shoot begins at 12:00 pm, and our awards ceremony begins at 4:00 pm. If you are unable to join us, please consider sponsoring a shooting station for this incredible ministry. Shooting station sponsors have an opportunity to bring and set up a tent to “host” the station they are sponsoring.  This is an excellent opportunity to visit with our shooters by providing marketing materials, snacks and/or beverages.

Thank you in advance for your consideration.  We appreciate your support for Ransom Café.  Please contact Sarah Lightfoot if you have any questions at (251) 410-3707 or sarah_lightfoot@alortho.com.

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

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Two More Reasons to Choose the Best

Posted on August 20, 2014 to News and Press

Alabama Orthopaedic Clinic is proud to announce the addition of two new fellowship-trained, orthopaedic surgeons – Hand Specialist Dr. Jared L. Burkett and Foot and Ankle Specialist Dr. Grant M. Shell.

Jared L. Burkett, MD

AOC Hand Department

Dr. Burkett is fellowship trained in Orthopaedic Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery.  He is originally from Dothan, Alabama, and he and his wife Shilpa have two children together, daughter Norah and son Dylan. Dr. Burkett completed both medical school and his residency in Mobile at the University of South Alabama. The Burkett family is looking forward to being near both friends and family when they return to the area at the conclusion of his fellowship. Dr. Burkett will begin practicing at Alabama Orthopaedic Clinic in late-August of 2014. 

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Grant M. Shell, MD

The Foot and Ankle Division at AOC


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is a Mobile native who attended McGill-Toolen High School and the University of South Alabama. He is fellowship trained in Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Surgery and chose this specialty because he believes the foot and ankle are a vital area to one’s overall health and mobility.   His wife Anne and their two children, daughter Marnie and son Whit, are excited to return home to Mobile where they are close to family and friends. Dr. Shell will begin practicing at Alabama Orthopaedic Clinic in late-August of 2014.

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Both Dr. Burkett and Dr. Shell will begin seeing patients in late-August 2014. Call 251.410.3600 today to schedule your appointment.

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Meet Erica Ford: AOC’s Director of Physician & Public Relations

Posted on August 5, 2014 to News and Press

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Alabama Orthopaedic Clinic is proud to welcome our new Director of Physician & Public Relations, Erica Ford. Erica, a Mobile native and St. Paul‘s alum; she received her Master’s in Health Education from Auburn University. After graduating, she began her career in marketing and public relations at a large pediatric dentist office in Birmingham and has continued to work with physicians in some capacity for the last eight years. Erica has a passion for all things health and wellness and loves her career in the healthcare industry.

Erica and her husband, local dentist Corey Ford, moved back to the Mobile area from Birmingham after he completed dental school at UAB. As one of six kids, Erica is happy to be back home close to family.  In her free time, Erica enjoys chasing her one and two-year old daughters around the park, pool and beach.

Erica is excited to join the wonderful staff of Alabama Orthopaedic Clinic . As a former patient of Dr. Zarzour, she knows the level of service AOC gives and looks forward to becoming part of the team.

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