Elisa Appreciates Kindness and Care

Elisa was a moto-coach driver in February 2019. A female passenger realized that she was on the wrong coach so Elisa opened the doors before departure to let her off and on the right coach. Unfortunately, her bags were in the back of the undercarriage compartment, requiring that Elisa remove and replace the heavy luggage. During the process she hurt…
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Pain and Fancy Free

Susan has received multiple back, neck and jaw surgeries. She had spinal fusions both in her low back and neck that permanently connected two or more vertebrae in her spine to improve stability and reduce pain. Immobilizing a section of the spine places additional stress and strain on the areas around the fused portion, which can increase pain in those…
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Scott Reaches the Impossible with Both Arms

I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” - Philippians 4:13
For Scott, this text inspires him daily as a believer with CP: “Cerebral Palsy should not keep one from reaching the impossible.” Cerebral palsy is a permanent disorder affecting the development of movement and posture, causing activity limitation. For Scott, the disorder affected movement on the right side of…
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Patellar Tendon Tear Repair

Some times things just hurt for no apparent reason, like Jay’s knee. He can’t figure out a cause other then getting on or off the couch. The pain was below the kneecap. He waited a week before searching for an orthopedic practice to diagnose and provide treatment for his knee. During the week, he suffered while going up the stairs…
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Traumatic Tennis Elbows

Garreth was in a car accident two years ago, which resulted in multiple broken bones, including his leg. Since the accident, he has also had a knee replacement. Unfortunately, he falls often because of balance issues and now has tennis elbow in both arms from repeated trauma. (more…)
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835 Pound Bike Break

Tom has ridden motorcycles for 50 years. He has only had two accidents with the bike and both of them were in his garage, one 15 years ago and another dropped bike two months ago. He was moving his 835-pound BMW to get it ready for pickup and delivery of a new bike when his bike fell on his knee.…
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Goertz Family Orthopedic Care

I cannot say enough wonderful things about Direct Orthopedic Care! We are a family of six who loves to play volleyball and with that, unfortunately, comes occasional injuries. We found DOC and they have been such a blessing to all of us. Mandi Amburn, the PA at the Round Rock location, is not only wonderful, but is like family to…
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Bulging Disc & Pregnant Predicament

Myranda was in a car accident 10 years ago. Since the accident, she has been suffering with back problems, which worsened over time. She had to give up her favorite sport, jogging, five years ago. Myranda was diagnosed with a bulging disc in her lower back. She is pregnant so a steroid injection or surgery are not viable options at…
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Comprehensive Care for Complex Conditions

Christin suffers with an autoimmune disorder, avascular necrosis (AVN), and degenerative disc disease of the lumbar spine. Autoimmune disease treatment often requires daily oral prednisone, a steroid that reduces immune system function. For unknown reasons, high dose prednisone predisposes some patients, including Christin, to joint damage, avascular necrosis (AVN). AVN of the hip is a painful condition that occurs when…
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Scott Needs his Knees to Work for Work

Scott had three surgeries on his knees, one on the left and two on the right. After the first surgery on his right knee, Scott couldn’t get out of bed and lost 30 pounds in a month. The knee screamed infection, but even an infectious disease specialist and cultures of the knee did not provide answers. The knee was operated…
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Noah’s Return to Ultra Marathons

Noah has two young children and they play catch in the yard. His shoulder hurt him so much that he could not even throw the ball overhand to his child. He has had back surgery and reconstructive surgery on his left arm and was not interested in going under the knife again. He went to two different orthopedic surgeons who…
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Trevor’s Positive Thinking Theory for Wellness

Trevor was a runner and skier his entire life from his 20s to his 80s. His knees suffered from overuse as he aged and became stiff and painful. He survived with cortisone injections. At first they lasted a few weeks and then only a few days. Knee replacement surgery became inevitable. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease that affects mostly…
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Deb Now has a Leg to Stand On

Deb Lewin was born and raised in Rhodesia/Zimbabwe. She lived in Israel and South Africa and represented two countries in field hockey and squash. She left Africa because of political unrest and became a U.S. citizen ten years later, working as a videographer, paramedic, ropes challenge course instructor, and Master Neuro-Linguistic Programmer. In 1996, Deb’s car was broadsided in Dallas…
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Charles, DOC’s Frequent Surgery Winner

Charles tripped over a box in the garage while carrying a box and landed on his left shoulder. Later the same year he tripped over the water hose while working in his garden. He had two rotator cuff repair surgeries within a few months. Three weeks after the 2nd surgery he reinjured his right shoulder and required a third surgery…
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Rachael’s Reconstruction and Regeneration at DOC

Rachael came home to Austin from college in Chicago for summer break to visit her mother, a colonel in the U.S. Army stationed at Camp Mabry. Rachael got a summer job at a restaurant and was constantly on her feet. When her ankle became swollen, “the size of my calf,” and sore, she went to an urgent care and was…
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Maurice’s Reverse Shoulder & Lifestyle

Maurice was a baseball catcher in high school and college. Later in life, he played baseball, tossed a football, hit golf balls, went hunting, and motored his RV from Texas to Colorado to hike in the summer and snow ski in the winter. Maurice enjoyed his active lifestyle that put repeated stress on his shoulder. The shoulder is a ball…
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Dan Muto Runs 5K for the Flag

Team Radioactive promotes running, cycling, and triathlon events in Central Texas as part of Emmis Austin Radio. They encourage riders to support a healthy, active lifestyle and participate in events that support a worthwhile cause. Gary Osborne of Team Radioactive encouraged Dan Muto to Run for the Flag in support of Folds of Honor, a nonprofit that provides education for…
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Attic Accident

Eric, a recent DOC guest, a marathon runner who ran seventeen marathons, 26.2 miles each, 445 miles total, not including roughly 2,000 training miles per year over a 20-year period, never suffered a running injury. Two weeks ago he fell out of his attic and suffered a tibial plateau fracture. He went to Direct Orthopedic Care. Dr.…
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Run, Iram, Run!

Iram J. Leon was born in 1988 in Chihuahua, Mexico, and moved to Texas when he was eight years old. He was put on the track team after getting spanked for running in the hall in third grade. A schoolteacher and coach, who was a veteran, but bent over from a spine injury, encouraged him to run. Iram continued to…
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Big Footprints, Bad Step

Mykell, an athletic trainer, is super active, running bleachers, going to the gym five days a week, riding bikes, and entering fitness competitions, all without an injury. She took her stepson, niece and nephew to the trail of dinosaurs to walk beside the giant footprints imprinted in a riverbed close to Austin. Scientists believe that the three-toed prints may be…
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Charlie’s Fall and Fantastic Recovery

On January 26, 2018, I suffered a freak accident walking to my car coming out of a Schlotzky's restaurant in Austin. I slipped and fell to the ground in excruciating pain, hearing a pop and not knowing the cause. My wife and I were on our way to a high school basketball game. Some helpful good Samaritans were walking through…
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Robert’s Stem Cells Help Heal His Knees

I was at a church campout with my daughter. We went for a walk before breakfast and I slipped in the mud and rolled down the only hill in Texas. I heard something snap that sounded like a gunshot. I looked back to see what I'd hit because I thought I banged my knee on a tree, but there was…
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DOC in Joan’s AT Toolbelt

Joan is a certified athletic trainer in Texas. She describes DOC as a tool “in my healthcare tool-belt.” She explains why DOC is a valuable resource for her student athletes: “DOC is open on weekends when my athletes are in pain or injured.” Approximately 47 million children play team sports each year in the U.S. Texas leads the nation in…
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New Dawn for Shoulder Pain

Dawn is a nurse anesthetist, which is a registered nurse with advanced educational credentials and significant clinical training. On a Sunday, Dawn was experiencing serious shoulder pain while at work. Shoulder pain is the third most common musculoskeletal complaint. She didn’t want to go to a doc-in-a-box and wait for a referral to an orthopedist, who could actually diagnose and…
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Crash and Dash to DOC

In 2015, according to the Pew Research Center, more millennials reported making personal improvement commitments than any generation before them. They spend twice as much as boomers on self-care essentials such as workout regimensdiet planslife coaching, therapy, and apps to improve their personal well-being. Cathy’s daughter is…
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Jennifer’s Twisted Wrist

Jennifer tripped and fell, breaking her fall with her outstretched hand. The force of the impact bent her hand back toward her forearm. Jennifer is an ER nurse. She has high deductible insurance and knows that an ER visit will be expensive and a referral for an appointment with an orthopedist will take time. Jennifer wanted to know if she…
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Business Owner, Hollie Siglin, Recommends DOC

What type of business do you own, Hollie?   My best friend and I co-own Hawk and Sloane, a startup company, featuring a line of children’s sprays, a parent’s best friend. We have Sassy Spray, which is a modern version of soap. Lice Spray is a leave-in hair, head lice repellant. Smoothie Spray is made from micronized silver and soothes…
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DOC Saves Trisha Time & Money

I am the CEO of an infection control and prevention company. I have Crohn's disease and many orthopedic issues, including over 60 surgeries and numerous visits to the ER. I came to DOC because I had worked 24 hours straight and one of my knees swelled and needed to be drained. It was Saturday afternoon and I was scheduled to…
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Joshua’s Shoulder Surgery Success Story

I work at a school during the week for my day job. I play acoustic guitar nights and weekends. I use my whole arm to play the guitar during 2 ½ to 3- hour shows. My dream is to play music full-time. Unfortunately, my shoulder began hurting so badly that I could not play music at all. I had to…
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Sean’s Head Over Handlebars Accident

I was mountain biking on a steep hill with switchbacks on the downhill in Dallas. I was riding fast and had to brake to make the sharp turns. I flipped over the handlebars of the bike. It really hurt when I hit the ground. I was riding with my dad and sister. My dad told me that the arm is…
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Karen Testimonial


Karen’s Up in Air with DOC Care

In December 2017, Karen was in Louisville, Kentucky, after piloting a flight from Dallas. She is a commercial pilot and flies a CRJ-900, a 76/79 seat regional jet for American Eagle. The weather was cold and windy and it was dark as she walked around the plane for a post flight check and twisted her left leg on uneven ground,…
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Caregiver Testimonial from Caring Sidekick Sister

My younger sister had total knee replacement surgery on her right knee. She has benefited from home physical therapy and home health, visiting alternating days the first week after surgery. She walked with a walker. Her husband took off work to be with her during surgery day and transfer home day. Otherwise my other sister and I have split the…
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Angie Pampers Pups Pain-Free

Angie and Tina, a daughter and mother team, are partners in Salty Dog Boutique and Groomery in Carlsbad, California. Angie, a biology major in college, worked with show dogs part-time as an apprentice. Then she launched her dog grooming business, Salty Dog. Tina groomed the dogs of San Diego for over 40 years until she retired, but came out of…
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Hand Breaks Cycling Fall and Tom’s Wrist

Tom fractured his wrist when he fell while cycling. He extended his arm forward to break the fall. The impact of falling on an outstretched hand can be several times an individual’s body weight, leading to broken bones. One of the most common cycling fractures is of the distal radius. The radius is the larger of the two bones of…
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Should my Fatty Lipoma be Excised?

I have a lipoma. Lipomas are fatty tissue, benign noncancerous tumors. My lipoma is a typical small, soft, rubbery lump like a rubber ball just beneath the surface of my skin. It moves slightly to the touch. It doesn’t hurt, but is on the inside of my thigh and visible in shorts or a swimming suit. My DOC surgeon explained…
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From Back Seize to Back Ease

Kim was going about a normal routine of cleaning her house when she bent over in the process and suddenly her back seized up for no apparent reason. She could not move and the pain was excruciating. Kim has had orthopedic care before, including surgeries. A friend referred her to Direct Orthopedic Care for her back condition in order to…
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Accidente y Fractura en Cuba

I was on vacation in Cuba, hiking, horseback riding, snorkeling, drinking mojitos, smoking cigars, and having a grand time. After a lunch of Cuban sandwiches in Vinales, a small village in the “mountains” west of Havana, I was walking to the baseball field to give MLB baseballs to the children playing there. Baseball is the national sport of Cuba. The…
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Annaliese’s Ankle Injury in Austin

Annaliese was enjoying a girls’ weekend in Austin when she stepped in a hole and hurt her ankle. She was with friends and didn’t want to spoil the weekend for anyone and tried to tough it out and ignore the pain. Her friends were concerned about the swollen ankle and insisted that they seek treatment. Annaliese searched for orthopedic care…
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Reba’s Out-of-Joint Knee

Reba had ongoing knee issues that worsened over time. The knee joint is formed between the bones of the lower leg, the tibia and the fibula, and the thighbone, the femur. A healthy joint glides easily without pain because a smooth, elastic tissue called articular cartilage covers the ends of the bones that make up the joint. Reba has a serious…
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Amanda’s Accessory Navicular is not a Desirable Accessory

An accessory or navicular bone is an extra bone or piece of cartilage located in the inner center arch of the foot near the navicular bone, the bone that goes across the foot close to the instep. The extra bone is congenital and fairly common, estimated to occur in approximately 2 to 12% of the general population. Amanda has the…
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Trigger Finger Pulls and Releases

Trigger finger limited Doug’s ring finger movement. When he tried to straighten his finger, it locked before straightening with a snap, like a trigger being pulled and released. Thus, the name trigger finger, stenosing tenosynovitis, a condition that affects the tendons in the fingers or thumb. Tendons are tissues that connect muscles to bone, enabling some parts of the body…
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Dr. Christopher Brown appreciates DOC

Christopher was mowing his yard and minding his own business, but stepped the wrong way, resulting in a “random foot and ankle injury.” He avoided going to the doctor because he diagnosed himself and thought it was a mere sprain. He hobbled on crutches, but the pain increased each of the six days he postponed going to the doctor. A…
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Why Does Shannon’s Shoulder Snap, Crackle and Pop?

Shannon’s right shoulder snapped, crackled and popped with any weight-bearing exercise, when ice climbing in the mountains, and as the condition worsened, even putting on a shirt. The range of motion and the pain with motion was debilitating. Fortunately the shoulder is the most movable joint of the body, and unfortunately, one of the most unstable joints. The shoulder helps…
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Michele says: Thumbs Up for DOC

Michele has a serious aversion to doctors . . . until she met the orthopedic care team at DOC. Instead of going to the doctor, she suffered for months with left wrist pain, which radiated into her thumb. Finally she took her swollen wrist to her primary care physician. When Michele’s doctor examined the painful wrist, she sent Michele to…
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An orthopedic surgeon’s first-hand hand injury saga

I am an orthopedic surgeon and I mountain and road bike. My friends and I were mountain biking in Big Sky, Montana. When the other riders called it a day, I wanted one more, gnarly ride on a trail called Lobo, a double-black diamond run. I went alone and ended up washed out with an injured right hand. It was…
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Superior Service

Thirty years ago, I broke the tibia, fibula and ankle of both my legs one year apart. Now 30 years later, I suffered a stress fracture and my leg was put into a cast again. After 30 days, the leg was re-casted in a walking cast at a well-known doctor's office. The second cast was much too tight, causing…
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How Nancy Survived Morton’s Neuroma Pain

Nancy felt like she was walking on a pebble and endured fiery pain in the ball of her foot. She has a condition called Morton's neuroma. The digital nerve passes under the ligament connecting the toe bones in the forefoot. Morton’s neuroma is a thickening of the tissue that surrounds the digital nerve. It usually develops between the third and…
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Ankle Hardware Removal Dilemma

I am a DOC patient, but was treated like a guest. This year I climbed Acatenango, a volcano in Guatemala. It’s a two-day climb, steep and treacherous because of slippery volcanic ash. I summited at dawn as the sun came up to highlight all of the volcanoes in the distance above a low cloud cover. The closest active volcano, Fuego,…
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Keep Calm and Braaap On!

Jerrod and his dad are motocross sports enthusiasts. Jerrod races competitive motocross and cross-country races on his 2013 kx450f. Jerrod cased a jump hard on a track in Fort Worth and the bike jutted forward, resulting in a bad crash. Jerrod has insurance with a high deductible so was hesitant to go to the ER for care. Instead, he went…
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Meniscus Tear Trauma to Triumph

Twelve years ago Adam was a high school football player and tore his meniscus. Athletes, particularly those who play contact sports, are at risk for meniscus tears. Three bones meet to form the knee joint: thighbone (femur), shinbone (tibia), and kneecap (patella). Two wedge-shaped pieces of cartilage act as "shock absorbers" between the thighbone and shinbone. This cartilage, the meniscus,…
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Molly Hops to DOC

Molly was walking on the grass, stepped into a hole and fell, injuring her ankle. Her mother, a nurse, advised her to go to the orthopedic urgent care rather than the ER. Molly came to the convenient DOC South Austin location. She was examined, X-rayed and treated within an hour. Molly said that she was “happy to be in an…
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