orthopedic surgery

Putting together your medical team

Putting Together Your Medical Team: Meet the Doctors

I don’t always  make sweeping endorsements, but recent personal events have led me to realize that everyone needs in place a reliable medical team, so I wanted to offer a few suggestions. Of course, putting together your medical team starts with Capitol Rehab of Arlington. Our vision is to be there with you to manage the aches and …

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Post-Op Recovery: Time to Get Stitches Removed

I hate people who talk about “the good ole days.”  Face it; everything is better now than it used to be. Food is better, schools are better, technology is better, and the removal of stitches following surgery is clearly better. The highlight of my second follow-up with the surgeon was going to be the removal of …

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post-op recovery supplements

Post-Op Recovery: The Benefits of Supplements

The attached photo is a look at the assortment of supplements I have been taking as part of my pre- and post-surgical regimen.  At first glance it may seem excessive, but when we are talking about repairing and regenerating tissue, whether its post-surgery, post-injury, or post-illness, the goal should be to get it right the …

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Post-Op Recovery: Anti-Inflammatory Medication and Over-Confidence

Prior to surgery, my doctor gave me three prescriptions to fill, one for pain, one for inflammation and one for the nausea from the drugs used to knock me out during surgery. Five days in, I realize I never took the nausea medicine and only took the pain pills for the first two-three days. In …

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The Follow-Up Appointment: No Way to Speed Up Recovery?

My orthopedic surgery follow-up appointment was scheduled three days post-op.  Feeling great and almost a bit “cocky” about how great I was feeling, I walked into the orthopedist’s office and was greeted with a cold shower of truth. My surgeon very coherently explained that he had to remove most of the labrum in the hip …

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Three Lessons From a Crazy Person on Dealing With Injuries

I’m starting 2016 with hip surgery on Jan. 4, and will be required to be non-weight bearing for up to 12 weeks.  The procedure is to repair multiple tears in the hip labrum and arthritic spurs of the femoral head. It’s not a complete hip replacement. The rehab will be long and aggressive, but I …

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The Patients Have Spoken and I Am (or am not) Listening!!!

I feel like I’m having a Sacha Baron Cohen moment (actor of “Borat” and “Dictator” fame). On the one hand I am smiling and nodding in agreement, and on the other, I am probably doing EXACTLY the opposite of what everyone has advised. Let me start by sincerely thanking all of you for responding and …

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Message to All Of Our Patients: I NEED YOUR HELP!!!

OK, I KNOW, I KNOW, I’ve been out of the loop for a little while. But in this issue of our Capitol Rehab Newsletter, I NEED YOUR HELP!! To show you how serious I am about this, please take down my direct email address; Dr.Bill.Booker@gmail.com Thanks for taking me seriously. Now what I need from …

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