Houston Chronicle’s John McClain: Life after Shoulder Replacement Surgery

By John McClain As I prepared for my first session at the Memorial Hermann IRONMAN Sports Medicine Institute, I envisioned it as a medieval torture chamber. Friends who had undergone major surgery and had endured physical therapy at various rehabilitation facilities around the country told me to expect pain and that I better learn to [Continue Reading]

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Life-saving surgery allows college-bound teen to finish basketball career on his own terms

By Meredith Whittemore Garett Pineault recognized that his senior year of high school basketball would be his last one. But a rare condition put that special season in jeopardy. After nearly a decade of playing, Garett is headed to Texas A&M in the fall and collegiate sports weren’t in his plans, barring the intramural or [Continue Reading]

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Sacrificing Summer for a Hip Surgery

By Drew Munhausen Twelve-year-old Jordan Dean spent most of her 2018 Easter weekend spending time with family and playing outdoors. When she returned home from her aunt’s house, she started noticing some pain when she walked. “She didn’t remember falling or having any sort of accident,” said Ryan Dean, Jordan’s father. “The pain was mostly [Continue Reading]

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“Brave and Determined”: Child Overcomes Spina Bifida to Take Her First Steps

By Jade Waddy Fanny Mendez’s excitement about becoming a first-time mother quickly turned to anxiety when her 21-week ultrasound revealed that her unborn baby girl had serious health problems that could prevent her from ever learning to walk. Doctors discovered that the girl had spina bifida, a birth defect that occurs when the spine and [Continue Reading]

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A Novel Way to Treat Sleep Apnea

Joy Helminski was first diagnosed with sleep apnea six years ago and was prescribed a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine. With her small features, she had difficulty finding a mask to fit her face.  “My doctor said I’d have more energy, feel better, and that the CPAP would help my blood pressure,” said Helminski, [Continue Reading]

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