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Managing pain safely

Categories: News

The opioid crisis has been in the headlines for quite a while now. An estimated 115 Americans die each day from opioid overdose, according to federal estimates. Bexar County leads the state in infant opioid withdrawal and has the third-highest rate of overdose deaths in Texas. Dr. Bryan Alsip, executive vice president and chief medical officer, described it this way in an article he wrote for the San Antonio Express-News with Dr. Colleen Bridger, director of the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District: “No sector of our society is immune. Opioid misuse, addiction and overdose can be found in boardrooms and …Read More >

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Pain 101 for musicians (and others)

Categories: Blog  /  Wellness

Editor’s note: This blog post by Arlyn Thobaben, a physical therapist at University Health System (and former professional musician) first appeared on the web site musicianshealthcollective.com. Pain can be difficult and confusing. I spent much of my musical career trying (and often failing) to understand and manage my recurrent struggles with a stiff neck, a tingly left arm, and a sore upper back. When these symptoms became too much for me to continue playing and teaching, I was referred to a physical therapist for the first time. Not only did my physical therapist help me along and get me back to my …Read More >

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Beware the bristles!

Categories: Emergency care  /  News  /  Surgery

It’s a Texas tradition, firing up the backyard grill. But how you clean that grill between uses could mean the difference between a savory meal and a trip to the hospital. The culprit? In the case of a few local patients, doctors found they had swallowed metal bristles — broken or dislodged from brushes used to clean outdoor grills. Those bristles can remain on the grill surface until they stick to food. “It was like somebody stuck an ice pick in me,” said Johnnie Littrell, 66, a Floresville construction manager. Littrell was about to be wheeled in for a colonoscopy …Read More >

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