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Degeneration of the Cervical Spine

Monday, February 26th, 2018

Cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM) is a neck condition that arises when the spinal cord becomes compressed due to the wear-and-tear of the spine caused by aging.   Cervical spondylotic myelopathy commonly occurs in people over the age of 50.   Because the spinal cord carries nerve impulses to many regions in the body, guests with […]

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March National Athletic Trainers Month

March: National Athletic Trainers Month

Sunday, February 25th, 2018

  Athletic trainers specialize in prevention, examination, evaluation, immediate care, and rehabilitation for acute or chronic conditions or injuries that result from physical activities, sports. Athletic training is recognized by the American Medical Association as an allied healthcare profession. March is National Athletic Trainers Month to honor and spread awareness about their important work.   […]

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Anatomy of the Spine

Anatomy of the Spine

Monday, February 19th, 2018

Spinal anatomy is a remarkable combination of bones, ligaments, tendons, large muscles, and highly sensitive nerves. The spine is strong, yet flexible for bending and twisting. For anyone with a spine condition, studying spinal anatomy helps to understand diagnostic and treatment options.   Small bones, vertebrae, are stacked on top of one another and create […]

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Spine and Neck Herniated Disks

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

Disks are soft, rubbery pads found between the hard bones or vertebrae of the spinal column. They are composed of a thick ring of cartilage (annulus) with a nucleus made of a gel-like substance. Disks in the neck are the same composition, but smaller. Disks allow the back to flex or bend and act as shock […]

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Back Pain Relief

Back Pain Relief

Thursday, February 8th, 2018

Back pain will affect an estimated 80% of Americans. The degree and duration vary. Stretching and exercises may help to reduce the risk of developing back problems by strengthening the core muscles in the back and abdomen to support the spine.   The spine has three natural curves. Maintaining the natural alignment of these curves […]

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DOC Benefits HR

Wednesday, January 24th, 2018

In 2016, the average employee-sponsored health insurance annual premium was approximately $6,500 for single coverage and $18,000 for families. So group health insurance averages $540 per employee per month for single coverage and $1,500 for family coverage.   The employee’s share of single coverage premiums ranges from zero to more than 50% of the total […]

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PT Pre and Post-Operative Benefits

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

Joint replacement is a highly successful operation for relieving symptoms in people suffering from shoulder, hip or knee osteoarthritis. Physical therapy before and after major joint replacement surgery improves postoperative outcomes and reduces complications.   Researchers in Ohio reviewed 4,733 Medicare cases involving total hip or knee replacements. The study’s authors estimated a 29% reduction […]

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DOC’s PT for Prevention and Recovery

Monday, January 22nd, 2018

Physical therapists (PTs) are highly educated, licensed healthcare professionals who can help patients reduce pain and improve or restore mobility, sometimes without surgery or the need for prescription medications.   At DOC, physical therapists teach patient guests how to prevent or manage their condition to achieve long-term health benefits. PTs work with individuals to prevent […]

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Tiny Bursa Balloons to Bursitis

Saturday, January 20th, 2018

A bursa is a thin, fluid-filled sac that cushions and lubricates between bone and surrounding soft tissue, such as skin, muscles, ligaments, and tendons. It’s like a tiny water balloon with only a few drops of fluid wedged between two surfaces.   An adult body contains about 160 bursae with 11 around the knee joint. […]

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Athletic Trainer Testimonial

An AT on Top of the Game

Thursday, January 18th, 2018

The profession of athletic trainer (AT) is sometimes confused with a personal trainer, coach or gym teacher.  Some of my work overlaps with these other professions, but primarily I am a health professional who collaborates with a team of physicians to provide preventive, emergency, assessment, and rehabilitative care of injuries and medical conditions for student […]

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TSATA Athletic Trainers

DOC & TSATA Partner in Healthcare for Student Athletes

Sunday, January 14th, 2018

Direct Orthopedic Care, DOC, is partnering with the Texas State Athletic Trainers Association, TSATA.   TSATA promotes, enhances and advances the athletic training profession. TSATA is the voice of athletic trainers in Texas and an affiliate of The National Athletic Trainers’ Association, NATA.   Founded in 1950, NATA has grown to more than 43,000 members […]

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DOC Appreciates Athletic Trainers’ Expertise

Saturday, January 13th, 2018

In high school or collegiate athletic programs, certified athletic trainers (ATs) evaluate and provide immediate care for injured student athletes and refer the athletes to orthopedic specialists such as Direct Orthopedic Care (DOC) for definitive medical management of musculoskeletal injuries.   Mandi Amburn is an athletic trainer with her Master of Medical Science degree and […]

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New Year, New You, New Deductible

Friday, January 12th, 2018

The New Year is a perfect time to better understand your insurance deductible. A deductible is what you pay before the insurance company starts contributing to your medical bills. Insurance deductibles can be anywhere from $0 to $10,000.  Typically a deductible year begins on January 1 and ends December 31. So your insurance deductible resets […]

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A Bedtime Story about Sleep

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

Sleep is Important. Americans sleep about two hours less each night than they did a century ago. One-third of U.S. adults sleep less than seven hours a night, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most healthy adults need seven to nine hours of sleep a night.   Employment and lifestyle, including 24/7 […]

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Funny Bone Syndrome is No Laughing Matter

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

Have you ever hit the inside of your elbow in just the right spot and felt a tingling, weird pain? That’s your funny bone, which got its nickname because of that funny feeling.   The funny bone is not really a bone at all, but rather the ulnar nerve.   At the elbow, the ulnar […]

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