Dr. Bill Booker

How the Mundane Can Make You Thankful for a Second Chance at Life

This holiday season, I’m thankful for a second chance at life. You often hear words like these after someone survives a near-death experience. I’m speaking these words after having my hip replaced. It is something of a shame that it takes a life-altering experience in order for people to have perspective. Like most of you, …

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Is It Too Early To Take a Look Back at 2016?

We are rounding out the always exciting “marathon season,” where crazy people all over this great country of ours volunteer to put their bodies through the brutality of running farther than the human body was ever meant to go.  As a former “marathoner” and arguably, an ongoing crazy person, I can attest that the sacrifice …

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Rehab at the hospital on a barely-moving stationary bike.

Post-Op Recovery: Rehab at the Hospital, an Experience for the Ages

Two and a half weeks post-surgery, I was cleared for my first physical therapy (PT) session with the hospital’s therapist. I was excited to begin what I knew would be a long and tedious process. So let me preface my words by saying my hospital therapist couldn’t have been nicer and more professional. She is well-versed …

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Post-op recovery for hip surgery includes FlexAware.

FlexAware: The Secret to My Fast Recovery

If you follow the Capitol Rehab of Arlington Facebook page or our blog posts on the website, you may have noticed I have been talking a lot and busily promoting FlexAware classes in our office. It has helped increase the speed of a fast post-op recovery. FlexAware is a revolutionary exercise system that was created by Steven Shafarman. Steven’s …

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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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