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Get in the Swing for Golf

Tuesday, April 17th, 2018

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 131,000 people were treated for golf-related injuries in 2015. Most golf injuries are the result of overuse. By repeating the same golf swing motion, stress is placed on the same muscles, tendons, and joints. The three most commonly injured areas of the body from playing […]

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Sprains, Strains and Automobiles to DOC

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018

For movement, your bones, ligaments, tendons and muscles must all work together in response to signals from your brain. If ligaments, tendons, or muscles are sprained or strained, movement is impaired. Knees, wrists and ankles are most susceptible to sprain and strain injuries, usually caused by a fall or accident.   Ligaments are like strong […]

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Signs of an ACL Tear

Monday, March 19th, 2018

Three bones meet to form your knee joint, thighbone (femur), shinbone (tibia) and kneecap (patella). The kneecap sits in front of the joint to provide some protection. Bones are connected to other bones by ligaments.   There are four primary ligaments in your knee, acting like strong ropes to hold the bones together and keep […]

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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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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 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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DOC’s Grand Slam Tennis Elbow Treatment

Thursday, January 4th, 2018

DOC’s Grand Slam Tennis Elbow Treatment Nearly 18 million people played tennis in the U.S. in 2015. Only 1 in 20 or 5% of all tennis players get tennis elbow.   Most people who are diagnosed with tennis elbow have never swung a tennis racquet.   Tennis elbow, lateral epicondylitis, is a painful condition of […]

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Why People Postpone Sports Medicine Doctor Visits

Sunday, December 31st, 2017

Most Americans care about their health. However, two out of three Americans admit to not taking care of themselves as they should and avoid going to the doctor. Public health experts agree that scores of people who have insurance and access to medical care choose not to go to the doctor.   Some people are […]

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Skier’s, Gamekeeper’s or Sprained Thumb

Friday, November 17th, 2017

A stable thumb is essential for pinch and grasp movement. The ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) is located in the metacarpophalangeal (MCP) joint where the thumb meets the hand. Ligaments are soft tissue structures that connect two bones to make a stable joint. The purpose of the UCL is to keep the thumb stable in order […]

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Ski Safety Tips

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

The National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) collects data from all ski areas in the United States annually. During the 2015/16 season, 52.8 million skier/snowboarder days were reported for the season. According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, there were 114,000 snow skiing-related injuries and 79,000 snowboarding-related injuries treated in hospitals, doctor’s offices and ERs […]

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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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Shocking Burners and Stingers

Friday, October 6th, 2017

Burners, also called stingers, are injuries that occur when nerves in the neck and shoulder are stretched or compressed after impact during contact or collision sports. They are named for the burning or stinging pain that spreads from the shoulder to the hand. A burner can feel like an electric shock or lightning bolt down […]

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