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Osteoporosis Hope

Wednesday, January 9th, 2019

Estrogen reduction during menopause often means bone loss that puts women at risk for osteoporosis, thinning of the bone. A woman can lose up to 20% of her bone-mineral density within five years after menopause. Bone loss dramatically increases the risk of fracture especially in the spine, hip and wrists. Fractures due to osteoporosis affect […]

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CBD Oil for Arthritis TBD

Friday, January 4th, 2019

Twenty-eighteen was a banner year for marijuana legalization in North America. Thirty-three states have legalized medical marijuana, including cannabidiol oil, CBD, for medicinal purposes. Ten states and Washington, DC, have legalized marijuana for recreational use for adults over 21. In October, Canada legalized marijuana federally, becoming the first G7 country to do so.   Marijuana prohibition began […]

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Move Your Way

Thursday, December 27th, 2018

The new federal physical-activity guidelines were updated in November 2018 for the first time since 2008. They urge adults to do 75 minutes of vigorous or 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity each week and muscle-strengthening exercises or yoga twice a week. Only 23% of all American actually meet the recommended criteria. Do you?   […]

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Airport Metal Detectors vs. Body Metal

Wednesday, December 19th, 2018

Airport metal detectors are sensitive to metals, including orthopedic metal implants inside your body. The most commonly implanted orthopedic materials include stainless steel, cobalt chrome, and titanium. As airport security measures have been heightened and metal detectors are more sophisticated, people who have metal parts face greater and more frequent inconvenience with more invasive security […]

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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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