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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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Is Tai Chi for Me?

Tuesday, June 26th, 2018

Tai chi is a traditional Chinese health-promoting exercise, integrating the mind, body and spirit through controlled movements and breathing, “creating a harmonious balance between the inner and outer self.”   Numerous studies1 indicate that tai chi improves muscular strength and flexibility, relieves pain, and improves quality of life. Muscle strength supports and protects joints from […]

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Runner or Jumper’s Knee Relief

Saturday, June 23rd, 2018

Runner or jumper’s knee, patellofemoral pain syndrome, is most common among people who participate in sports, especially females and young adults. The syndrome is characterized by pain and stiffness in the front of the knee and around the kneecap (patella), which can make it difficult to run, jump, climb stairs, and even perform everyday activities. […]

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Shin Splint Hints

Friday, June 22nd, 2018

Shin splints are a common exercise-related problem. Any vigorous sports activity can cause them, but runners run the highest risk of developing shin splints. Shin splints develop when the muscle and bone tissue in the leg become overworked by repetitive activity.   Shin splints are caused by inflammation of the muscles, tendons and bone tissue […]

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Dr. Tallman Orthopedic Ankle Expert Surgeon

Orthopedic Ankle Expert at DOC

Tuesday, June 12th, 2018

Dr. Garrett Tallman, orthopedic surgeon with Direct Orthopedic Care, Carlsbad, California, specializes in the care of musculoskeletal injuries, such as ankle sprains and fractures. Sprained ankles are one of the most common orthopedic injuries. It is estimated that 25,000 people in the U.S. suffer an ankle sprain every day. However, the ankle joint can be […]

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Hip Resurfacing or Replacement

Monday, June 4th, 2018

Guests with advanced osteoarthritis of the hip may be candidates for hip resurfacing or hip replacement if all non-surgical options have failed. Surgery should be discussed with the DOC orthopedic surgeon if the hip causes severe pain, negatively affects quality of life and interferes with normal activities.   The hip is a ball-and-socket joint. The […]

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Hip Fracture Prevention

Hip Hip Hooray

Monday, June 4th, 2018

You can protect yourself from hip fractures by eating a diet that includes calcium and Vitamin D, creating a safe home environment and regularly participating in a program of moderate exercise. Most hip fractures are caused by weak bone and the impact from a fall. Hip fractures are breaks in the thighbone (femur) just below […]

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