Entries by Brandon Vaughn


Owens Recovery Science BFR Course

Lifters Clinic and Vertex PT Specialists are partnering up later this year to bring you an Owens Recovery Science Blood Flow Restriction (BFR) course! The course will be held at Vertex PT Specialists on August 5, 2017. Register here: www.owensrecoveryscience.com/certification/columbia-sc/  

Biering-Sorensen Test

  The Biering-Sorensen test is used for evaluating the isometric endurance of the hip and back extensor muscles. It is a great tool for predicting if a patient/client is at risk for nonspecific lower back pain. This can also act as an important training tool before someone begins a program that involves deadlifting. The two […]

Join Vertex’s 2017 MuckFest Team!

  Join Vertex and Run with a Purpose What?        MuckFest MS, a 5km Obstacle Course Race (OCR) with over 17 obstacles. Visit www.MuckFestMS.com for more info. Where? Concord Speedway 7940 U.S. Hwy 601 South Concord, NC 28025 (Less than 2 hours from Vertex) When? Saturday, May 6, 2017 Why? The “MS” part of MuckFest […]

Words that Harm

How many times have you been given a phrase by a physician that, perhaps, wasn’t phrased as well as it could be? “You’ve got a time bomb in your chest” or “I don’t know how you’re walking around with that spine!” As I venture through all the information that’s required in my Orthopedic Residency, this […]


Concussion Nutrition (Part 2)

Patients with concussions or Mild traumatic brain injury often complain of stress and have been shown to possess higher plasma cortisol levels. Vitamin C supplementation has been shown to decrease cortisol which is commonly known as the “stress hormone”. A 1500mg daily dose of oral Vitamin C may decrease the production of the the adrenal […]


Concussion Nutrition (Part 1)

Omega 3-6-9 and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) may be beneficial in patients with concussions by serving not only as a vascular and neuroprotectant but by enhancing the repair process of damaged brain cells. In fact, dietary supplementation with DHA increases serum levels and, if given prior to concussion or Mild TBI, it may reduce the injury […]