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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 fractures 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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Hamstring Help

Hamstring Help

Friday, September 14th, 2018

Hamstring muscles injuries, such as a pulled hamstring, occur frequently in athletes. A pulled hamstring or strain is an injury to one or more of the muscles at the back of the thigh.   There are three hamstring muscles: semitendinosus, semimembranosus, and biceps femoris. They start at the bottom of the pelvis and cross the […]

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Ultimate Frisbee Injury Prevention

Thursday, September 6th, 2018

Since the early 1970s, ultimate Frisbee, played with a flying disc, has exponentially increased in interest among college students and young athletes.   It’s a limited contact sport that combines elements of soccer, football and basketball. Players must run, cut, guard, jump, throw, and dive with outstretched arms to catch the flying disc.   Because […]

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Ankle Sprain Grades and Treatment

Friday, July 27th, 2018

A sprained ankle means one or more ligaments on the outer side of the ankle are stretched or torn.   Typically the ankle is rolled either inward (inversion sprain) or outward (eversion sprain). Inversion sprains cause pain along the outer side of the ankle and are the most common type. Eversion sprains along the inner […]

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Making Health a Habit with PT

Thursday, July 26th, 2018

Each year, an estimated 126 million healthcare visits are from musculoskeletal injuries and chronic conditions, according to the Bone and Joint Initiative USA. So over a million people could benefit from physical therapy.   Only about 10% of the musculoskeletal patient population use physical therapy services. The average PT course of care is 12 to […]

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Step Into DOC for Foot Disorders

Monday, July 23rd, 2018

Dr. Garrett Tallman, orthopedic surgeon with Direct Orthopedic Care, Carlsbad, California, specializes in the care of musculoskeletal injuries, including foot injuries and conditions.   The foot, one of the most complex structures in the human body, is made up of 26 bones, 33 joints, and over 100 muscles, tendons, and ligaments.   The foot balances the body’s […]

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Good Workers’ Comp Advice for Employees

Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

When you break your ankle on a slippery office floor, fall off your chair and fracture your wrist, or develop a chronic condition because of your job, workers’ compensation is supposed to cover your medical costs and pay you for any days of work you miss. You must be an employee and accidentally injured while doing […]

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Return-to-Work

Thursday, July 12th, 2018

A return-to-work program enhances an employee’s recovery physically and psychologically.   Individuals typically receive disability benefits between 50% and 70% of their normal wage. By bringing employees back to work at 100% pay, the company is only paying 50% to 30% more while benefitting from 40 productive hours each workweek.   According to the Bureau […]

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Workers Compensation Costs

Controlling Workers’ Comp Costs

Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

According to statistics from the Health System Tracker prepared by the Peter Center on Healthcare and the Henry J. Kaiser Healthcare Foundation, in 2000, healthcare expenditures reached $1.4 trillion. By 2016, healthcare expenditures more than doubled to $3.3 trillion. The U.S. Department of Labor confirms that medical costs have increased by 48% during the last […]

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Cut Healthcare Costs, Not Benefits

Tuesday, July 10th, 2018

Employers constantly work to cut health insurance costs without cutting employee health benefits. Soaring prices for medical services, costly prescription drugs and unhealthy lifestyles contribute to increasing premiums.   There are strategies to keep health insurance costs from consuming company profits, while providing employees with health benefits.   Use emergency rooms only for emergency situations. […]

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Surgery + Healing Therapy = Advanced Recovery

Thursday, July 5th, 2018

Dr. Merritt Pember, orthopedic surgeon with Direct Orthopedic Care, Austin, Texas, specializes in orthopedic sports medicine and trauma care. In 2004, Dr. Pember completed his orthopedic surgery residency at Texas Tech. From 2004 to 2008, he served in the U.S. army and cared for the orthopedic needs of military service members stateside and overseas.   […]

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5 Star Orthopedic Care

Thursday, July 5th, 2018

Dr. Chris Hall graduated from the University of Colorado Health Science Center and completed his residency at Brooke Army Medical Center. Dr. Hall is an orthopedic surgeon at the DOC Round Rock, Texas, location, specializing in general orthopedics with advanced training in sports medicine. He is one of the leading physicians in Austin for regenerative […]

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Parkour Encore

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018

Parkour comes from the French word “parcours,” meaning the “way through” or “the path.” Parkour originated as a discipline in the French Special Forces military obstacle training. Traceurs (male participants) and traceuses (female participants) move from one place to another without equipment in the fastest, most efficient way possible, negotiating obstacles by running, jumping and climbing, […]

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Orthopedic Injuries in the Wilderness

Thursday, June 28th, 2018

Increasing numbers of adventurers are seeking the solace and beauty of the backcountry either on skis, mountain biking or on foot. There is a degree of risk involved in venturing into the wild where cell phones don’t work and professional medical resources are nonexistent. In a remote setting, what should a buddy do to help […]

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Neck Exercises to Relieve Cervical Spondylosis

Tuesday, June 26th, 2018

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) estimates that 65% of people over the age of 65 live with cervical spondylosis. The condition often causes pain and stiffness in the neck. In most cases, cervical spondylosis responds well to conservative treatment, particularly physical therapy.   The spine is made up of 24 bones, vertebrae, stacked […]

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