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Wednesday, March 20th, 2019

Conservative Care   DOC recognizes the therapeutic benefit of conservative care approaches.   Physical therapy. DOC physical therapists examine, evaluate and treat guests with musculoskeletal injuries and chronic pain. Additionally, our PT team helps guests with rehabilitation after orthopedic surgery to promote mobility, reduce pain and improve or restore function. PTs use a variety of […]

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Can Your Joints Predict the Weather?

Wednesday, March 13th, 2019

Do you or your grandmother predict bad weather because of stiff, painful knees? Many doctors agree that you may feel more joint pain on cold, rainy days. Barometric pressure, temperature, humidity, and precipitation are factors that can affect the joints. Determining the actual causative factor for joint pain is tricky. Research on weather-related joint pain […]

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Radiologic Technologists at DOC

Friday, February 15th, 2019

Radiology is a specialty field in medicine, which involves using visual diagnostic equipment to identify and treat medical injuries and conditions. Radiologic technologists or radiographers are responsible for imaging, such as X-rays, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT scans), and musculoskeletal sonography.   Radiographers at DOC do the following: Capture quality X-ray images of […]

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Pumped about Regenerative Therapies

Tuesday, January 29th, 2019

The body contains an average of nine to eleven pints of blood, depending on a person’s size and weight. Blood travels about 12,000 miles every day and provides cells with nutrients, transports hormones, and removes waste products. The body’s network of veins, arteries and capillaries is nearly 60,000 miles long.   Over 99% of the […]

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Migratory Arthritis

Thursday, January 24th, 2019

Migratory arthritis is characterized by pain and swelling in one or two joints. As the symptoms in that joint resolve, similar symptoms in another joint emerge, usually in an asymmetric location. So if your left shoulder is in pain and it subsides and the right shoulder becomes painful, you may have migratory arthritis. It migrates […]

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Safe Steps for Dancers

Monday, January 21st, 2019

Dance is a physically demanding performing art, requiring extreme flexibility, strength and endurance. Most dancers begin dancing at the age of five or six. Dancers may routinely participate in classes during most of the day, followed by rehearsals or performances evenings and weekends. The rigorous schedule for training, rehearsals and performances puts dancers at high […]

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2019 Joint Health Habits

Thursday, January 17th, 2019

Is your New Year’s resolution to go for a run first thing every morning? On January 2, did you hit the snooze button and go back to sleep? Or, did you resolve to stop scrolling mindlessly through social media only to lose your willpower after breakfast?   New Year’s resolutions are definitely a way to […]

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Glucosamine and Chondroitin Conundrum

Wednesday, January 16th, 2019

Many people take dietary supplements such as glucosamine and chondroitin to ease arthritis pain and promote joint health. Current research shows that these supplements have limited benefits for people with arthritis and joint pain.   Glucosamine is a component of your healthy cartilage, especially around joints. Glucosamine for supplements is harvested from shells of shellfish or made […]

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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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January: National Winter Sports Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Awareness Month

Tuesday, January 1st, 2019

January is National Winter Sports TBI Awareness Month. Harsh winter days offer thrill seekers a playground of opportunity to participate in extreme sports, such as snowboarding, skiing, heli-skiing, and snowmobiling. The high velocity, living on the edge sense of adventure makes these sports appealing. There are physical risks associated with such activities, injuries, especially concussions […]

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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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