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Preview of Pre-Op

Wednesday, October 31st, 2018

Pre-op is the time before your surgery, before operation. The purpose of preoperative evaluation is to prepare you for surgery. Your DOC orthopedic team needs to gather and give you as much information as possible for the best surgery outcome.   Your pre-op evaluation will include a comprehensive history of the injury or chronic condition […]

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Kylie Awarded Folds of Honor Scholarship

Tuesday, October 30th, 2018

Dr. Merritt Pember, Direct Orthopedic Care (DOC) surgeon and veteran U.S. Army Major (Operation Iraqi Freedom), a team of DOC military service veterans and sponsor partners created the Run for the Flag race to honor veterans and as a fundraiser for Folds of Honor. Folds of Honor provides educational scholarships to spouses and children of America’s […]

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Goal Tending at DOC

Monday, October 29th, 2018

In 1891, Dr. James Naismith invented the game of basketball to condition athletes during cold months in Massachusetts. He used a soccer ball and two peach baskets nailed to the gym balcony. Today’s fast-paced game of basketball can result in acute/traumatic or overuse injuries. It is estimated that more than 1.6 million injuries are associated […]

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Healthcare Countdown to the New Year

Wednesday, October 24th, 2018

As the end of the deductible year approaches, make sure that you maximize the benefits of your 2018 health insurance plan. Now is the time to make money saving decisions because most deductibles reset on January 1.   Deductibles reset to $0 at the beginning of each calendar year. A deductible is the amount you […]

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Run for the Flag Veterans Day Race 2018

Monday, October 22nd, 2018

Direct Orthopedic Care (DOC) announces the second annual Run for the Flag Veterans Day Race in honor of Veterans Day on Sunday, November 11, at 8 a.m. The event welcomes the entire Austin-area community with a special invitation to veterans, American service members, and their families to Camp Mabry, in Austin, Texas, to participate in […]

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Bone and Joint Health Action Week

Friday, October 12th, 2018

Bone and Joint Health Action Week, October 12-20, raises awareness about prevention, management and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders, such as arthritis, back pain, spinal deformity, trauma, pediatric conditions, and osteoporosis. Bone and joint conditions affect more than half of the U.S. population over the age of 18, which can lead to disability, and diminished productivity […]

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October: National Physical Therapy Month

Thursday, October 11th, 2018

The American Physical Therapy Association’s (APTA) award-winning #ChoosePT campaign raises awareness about the risks of opioids and the safety and effectiveness of physical therapy for pain management. During October 2018, the National Physical Therapy Month (NPTM) theme promotes physical therapy as an alternative to opioids for treatment of chronic pain.   Physical therapists treat pain […]

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Take the Plunge for Health

Monday, October 8th, 2018

Swimming dives deeply into more of the body’s major muscle groups than other forms of cardio exercise. Swimming engages the legs, upper body, core, back, and triceps. Even though it does not involve weights, the resistance against the water provides a significant training benefit. Swimming has life-extending, heart-saving, mood-lifting benefits, and it’s fun.   Jane […]

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Tips to Treat Extensor Tendonitis

Friday, October 5th, 2018

Extensor tendons are just under the skin at the top of the feet and enable the foot to flex and raise the toes. Tendons are bands of tissue that connect muscles to bones. In the feet, they connect the bones of the toes to the muscles in the front of the legs.   Foot tendonitis […]

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Is Safe Scootering an Oxymoron?

Thursday, October 4th, 2018

A kick scooter is a human-powered land vehicle with a handlebar, deck and wheels, and propelled by a rider pushing off the ground. They are made of aluminum, titanium and steel. Scooters are cool with names like Powerslide Coolmax, Envy, and Razorback Graffiti. There are two different types of scooters, three wheelers, which are more […]

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All-Star Cheerleading and DOC

Thursday, October 4th, 2018

Cheerleading began in the U.S. In 1897, Princeton’s football team had three designated “cheer leaders” who would cheer during practices and at games. A year later Johnny Campbell led a crowd to cheer for the University of Minnesota football team with “Rah, Rah, Rah! Ski-u-mah, Hoo-Rah! Hoo-Rah! Varsity! Varsity! Varsity, Minn-e-So-Tah!” In 1923, the University […]

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Spine Conditioning Basics

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018

Spine Conditioning Basics It is estimated that more than 80% of Americans will suffer from back pain at some point in their life making it one of the most common reasons why people go to the doctor, miss work and stop participating in activities they love.   The DOC movement experts have put together a […]

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Millennials Changing Health Care

Monday, September 24th, 2018

There are 83 million millennials in the U.S., identified as born between 1982 and 2000, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. There are eight million more millennials than baby boomers today. The Bureau of Labor Statistics data reveals that young adults spend less on entertainment and food and more on health care than baby boomers […]

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Yoga: Unite Mind and Body for Health

Thursday, September 20th, 2018

The word yoga is from the Sanskrit word yuji, meaning yoke or union. Yoga is an ancient spiritual and health discipline of Indian origin that unites mind and body. Practicing yoga is believed to benefit mental and physical health to overcome all kinds of sufferings. Is there scientific proof?   Yoga incorporates breathing exercises and […]

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Take the Stress Out of Fractures

Monday, September 17th, 2018

A fracture is a broken bone. A bone may be completely fractured or partially fractures in a number of ways: crosswise, lengthwise, or in multiple pieces.   Stress-Free Fracture Prevention A diet rich in calcium and Vitamin D promotes bone strength, which includes dairy products, green vegetables, salmon, and some fortified foods. Visit the National […]

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