Action Spine & Joint November 2017

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My Favorite Family Tradition

Thanksgiving has always been a big affair in my family. For as long as I can remember, all the relatives have gotten together down in Plantersville, Alabama, to share a big Thanksgiving meal at this restaurant called Noodie’s BBQ. Noodie’s is a great barbecue place that’s only open on Saturdays. So, how do we get them to cater our family’s Thanksgiving every year? It’s simple. Noodie happens to be my uncle! Ever since I was a baby, Uncle Noodie has catered every Thanksgiving dinner, cooking up the kind of amazing barbecue you only find in the South. Ever since I was a baby, Uncle Noodie has catered every Thanksgiving dinner, cooking up the kind of amazing barbecue you only find in the South. The family is spread out these days, but no one has to drive for more than two hours to get to Plantersville, which means Thanksgiving doubles as our family reunion. Holding Thanksgiving at Noodie’s BBQ is

like gathering at the family home, and not just because my uncle owns the place. The restaurant used the be the house where Uncle Noodie was born. The building is over 100 years old and was built by Uncle Noodie’s dad and grandfather. He and my Aunt Nell renovated the house and opened the restaurant in the 1980s, but there’s still a lot of personality you don’t see at other barbecue places. Family photos and framed newspaper clippings hang on the walls, antique chairs and books sit near the tables, and there are tons of railroad memorabilia from the 19th century — my uncle collects railroad artifacts. The restaurant holds a lot of family history, and I love spending Thanksgivings there. This time of year, it’s good to take a moment to think about what we’re grateful for. In my personal life, I am truly grateful for the time I have to reconnect with family members I haven’t seen in a while and share the best meal of the year with them. My daughter is a sophmore at Belmont University and my son is a senior in high school, so these occasions when the family can get together have become even more special.

another wonderful year, and I can’t begin to say how much I appreciate all of your support. We’ve been able to realize a long-time dream of mine when we opened our new integrative medical facility at the beginning of November! I’m thrilled to finally be able to offer pain relief solutions that can get results in place of joint replacement surgeries or dangerous opiods and other hard drugs. Our new on-staff doctor and nurse practitioner will be around to help patients determine if stem cells or platelet-rich plasma injections might be the right solution to treat their pain. These services are in high demand, and I’m pleased we have the ability to transform the clinic into a one-stop shop for addressing a multitude of pain and joint problems. By introducing new disciplines, we’re going beyond just treating the spine, and helping patients rehabilitate the rest of their body, including knees, hips, and shoulders.

This marks a new chapter at the clinic. Thank you all for your support and for making this possible. I can’t wait to see where we’ll go from here. Happy Thanksgiving! Dr. Casey Bearden

I also have a few things to be grateful for at the clinic. My patients helped make this



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