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Patients to Pay Non-Emergency ER Visits

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018

Texans may want to think twice about their next visit to the ER or freestanding ER. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, the largest health insurer in the state, is changing their policy on June 4, so that some policy holders, fully insured groups and retail HMO members, will be responsible for paying the […]

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Matching Healthcare to Injury

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

If you have a scrape or bruise, you treat the minor injury at home.   If you have the flu, a cold, or a fever, go to the urgent care clinic.   If you have breathing difficulties, feel faint, unable to move, severe burns, chest pain, seizures, heavy bleeding, serious allergic reaction, poisoning, or overdose, […]

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Whoa! Orthopedic Urgent Care?

Wednesday, March 28th, 2018

Question: Now, hold on! I’ve heard of urgent care because they are on every corner. I’ve been to the ER plenty. But an orthopedic urgent care? If I fall off my horse or roll an all-terrain vehicle, I can urgently go to an orthopedic specialist who can fix my broken, sprained or strained whatever?   […]

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Texas Big Star Races for Charity

Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

The 3rd annual Texas Big Star Half Marathon and 5K is Saturday, April 14, at Collin College’s Preston Ridge Campus. The post-race Finishing Fest for the presentation of medals and runner recognition awards follows the race. DOC is a proud sponsor of the Finisher’s Fest event, which has raised over $150,000 for charitable organizations in […]

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What is Orthopedic Urgent Care?

Tuesday, March 13th, 2018

Orthopedic Surgeons An orthopedic surgeon is a medical doctor with extensive training in the proper diagnosis and treatment of injuries and diseases of the body’s musculoskeletal system, including bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles, and nerves.   Orthopedic surgeons are knowledgeable about the entire musculoskeletal system, but many specialize in specific areas, such as the foot […]

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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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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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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 Saves Time for Busy Moms

Wednesday, December 20th, 2017

Between doctor appointments, carpools, activities, work, and errands, it’s tough for busy moms to get everything done in a day. Life can be chaotic.   Direct Orthopedic Care, DOC, wants to make your life less hectic by creating easy access to orthopedic help to save you precious time and money, too.   For many families […]

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DOC’s Doctor and Healthcare Specialist Veterans

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

Direct Orthopedic Care (DOC) is hosting the inaugural Run for the Flag Veterans Day Race to honor wounded veterans and their families. Dr. Merritt Pember, an orthopedic surgeon at DOC and a U.S. Army major, physician and veteran, served during Operation Iraqi Freedom in Baghdad. Dr. Pember, along with a team of DOC members, Emmis […]

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Veterans Day Run for the Flag

Friday, November 10th, 2017

Direct Orthopedic Care (DOC) is an immediate access orthopedic clinic hosting the Run for the Flag Veterans Day Race in honor of Veterans Day. Dr. Merritt Pember, an orthopedic surgeon at DOC and a U.S. Army major, physician and veteran, served during Operation Iraqi Freedom in Baghdad. Dr. Pember, along with a team of DOC […]

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Acute Orthopedic Care at DOC

Monday, November 6th, 2017

  Injuries are usually classified as acute or chronic. Acute injuries are severe, sudden and often caused by high-intensity accidents, resulting in fractures and other musculoskeletal injuries. There are two types of chronic injuries: injuries caused by low-intensity forces of long duration as in tendinitis and bursitis, and recurring acute injuries such as a chronic […]

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