Health Tips

  • If you’re into sports, you’ll probably agree that it’s no fun being sidelined by a head or face injury! You can minimize your risks for injury by wearing protective gear, such as a helmet, facemask, or mouth guard. Play it smart—with the right protection, you’ll stay in the game and free from injury. If you do find yourself on the injured list, make an appointment for an evaluation with one of the Hughston sports medicine specialist. To make an appointment, call 800-331-2910.


  • Want to know how you can improve your bone health and reduce your risk for osteoporosis? Try these tips from the National Osteoporosis Foundation and the Hughson Clinic: Get the recommended amounts of calcium and vitamin D in your diet. Include strength training and weight-bearing exercise in your routine. Avoid tobacco use, and drink alcohol in moderation. Talk to your doctor about your risk factors for osteoporosis and whether you need a bone density test.


  • The Hughston Health Alert provides our patients with valuable information to help you live a healthier lifestyle. Learn about bone health, nutrition, preventing injuries, and specific musculoskeletal illness or injuries. The Hughston Health Alert is free, and can be read online at Or, get a copy from the Hughston Foundation library by calling 706-494-3390.


  • With recent advances in technology, some people with arthritis are now able to benefit from partial knee replacement rather than total knee replacement. Benefits of this type of procedure include faster recovery time, less blood loss during surgery, high patient satisfaction, and preservation of more normal knee motion. Certain criteria must be met to be eligible for partial knee replacement. To find out if you’re a candidate, talk with your Hughston physician today.


  • Rehabilitation can restore function and strength after injury or illness. Our diverse team of physicians, nurses, and occupational and physical therapists combine their efforts to help patients regain daily activities at home and at work. Hughston Rehabilitation specializes in the management of orthopaedic and sports medicine related conditions. Our state-of-the-art facility and clinical staff use the most current evidence-based approach to patient care and ensure superior patient outcomes.


  • Teens and adults often believe that sports drinks are healthy replacements for water; however, this is not true.  Water and healthy foods are the best energizers.  If you are anticipating an especially rigorous or extended workout lasting more than one hour, certain sports drinks, containing six to ten percent carbohydrates, may provide additional energy, but they should be diluted with fifty percent water.  Stay healthy and hydrated by drinking about eight cups of water a day.