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Orthopedics, Spine & Sports Medicine
Introducing Emory’s New Tennis Medicine Program
Jan 28, 2016 By Neeru Jayanthi, MD, director of the Emory Tennis Medicine program

tennis-250x250Tennis is a great exercise. It improves aerobic fitness, lowers body fat, improves cholesterol levels, reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease and improves bone health. And while tennis can be both healthy and fun, there is an inherent injury risk for those who play tennis, particularly for those who specialize in the sport. Given the impact of potential injuries specific to the sport, having a physician and community that understand the sport and its risks are vital. We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve implemented a one-of-a-kind Tennis Medicine program offered by the Emory Sports Medicine Center which promotes health through tennis and provides specialized treatment for a wide range of tennis-related injuries. Our goal is to get patients back on the court as soon as possible, and teach them the techniques that will reduce their risk of further injuries and maintain [...]

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Three Emory Surgeons Named to Becker’s Spine Review’s list of Spine Surgeons to Know – 2016
Jan 21, 2016 By Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center

spine250x250Woot woot – it has been a great 2016 so far for Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center! Three of our spine surgeons were recently named to Becker’s Spine Review’s list of Spine Surgeons to Know – 2016. Congratulations to John Heller, MD, and Tim Yoon, MD, on receiving this achievement. Combined, these three physicians represent seventy-three years of spine surgery expertise. Impressively, eight other surgeons named to the list completed their residency and/or fellowship at Emory Healthcare. Read below to learn what Becker’s Spine Review had to say about our nationally recognized spine surgeons: Scott Boden, MD: Board-certified orthopedic surgeon Dr. Boden serves as the director of Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center and an orthopedic surgery professor at Emory University. He led the research on bone growth factor development and spine fusion technology. Spine and the [...]

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Could I Be Suffering from a Herniated Disc?
Jan 14, 2016 By Dheera Ananthakrishnan, MD

Herniated DiscLower back pain has been found to be the number one cause of disability around the world, according to the 2010 Global Burden of Disease study. Though many conditions can cause back pain, a herniated disc is a common cause. Discs are the soft, rubber-like pads that fit between the bones (vertebrae) of the spinal column and cushion it. The discs allow the back to flex and bend and absorb shock. Herniated discs, which can also be called slipped or ruptured discs, are caused when all or part of the disc is forced through a weakened part of it, which places pressure on the nearby nerve and/or spinal cord, causing numbness, and most commonly, pain. Herniated discs can occur both in the lumbar spine (lumbar herniated disc) and the cervical spine (cervical herniated disc). This can happen when the disc moves out of place (herniates) or breaks open (ruptures) due to injury or [...]

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Sports Cardiology: Heart Healthy & Being Active Live Chat on January 26th
Jan 4, 2016 By Emory Sports Medicine

sports-cardio-cilAsk the experts! Talk to the physicians who are the medical providers for the Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta Dream, Georgia Tech athletes and more! When you’re an athlete, professional, amateur or weekend warrior, you have unique health needs. Optimal health is vital to your performance and in some cases, your ability to participate at all. Even with the best training and care, the body doesn’t always cooperate. That’s where we come in. Emory Healthcare is the first and only health system in Atlanta to launch a Sports Cardiology practice. Collaborating with the Emory Sports Medicine Center, the program not only focuses on diagnosing and treating cardiovascular disease, but also preventing future issues. The unique partnership between Emory Sports Medicine Center and Emory Cardiology means our physicians work together to diagnose your condition and deliver a proper [...]

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Key Steps To Diagnosing And Treating Concussions
Dec 30, 2015 By Dr. Mathew Pombo

orth-concussion-checklistv3The current medical definition of a concussion is essentially a ‘transient alteration in mental status that may or may not require loss of consciousness that may result from a direct or indirect blow to the head.’ The struggle many of us feel when we read this is, ‘What does that mean?’ It is critical for orthopaedic surgeons who work on the sidelines of athletic teams, athletic trainers, athletes, parents of athletes, coaches and school administrators to be able to correctly recognize and diagnose a concussion. After an athlete suffers a head injury, any misdiagnosis may lead to severe brain damage, prolonged disability, and even death. However, a concussion may be tough to diagnose if a person does not know what to look for, or if an athlete does not report his or her symptoms. A concussion can present itself in a variety of ways, making it difficult for [...]

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When In Doubt, Avoid These Foods To Ease The Pain Of Gout
Dec 17, 2015 By Oluseun Olufade, M.D.

Gout: Dictionary Close-up. Selective focus and Canon EOS 5D Mark II with MP-E 65mm macro lens. Gout is a medical condition usually characterized by recurrent attacks of acute inflammatory arthritis—a red, tender, hot, swollen joint. gout, podagra, inflammation, arthritis, joint, According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 1 in 5 adults in the United States have been diagnosed by a doctor with arthritis. That’s about 52.5 million people who experience joint stiffness, swelling and pain that can make even the most routine activities difficult. Arthritis is the commonly known condition associated with inflammation of the joints, but there are more than 100 rheumatic diseases and conditions that fall under the umbrella of arthritis. These conditions affect the joints, the tissues surrounding the joint and other connective tissue. Gout is a form of inflammatory arthritis triggered by the crystallization of uric acid within the joints, and is the most common form of inflammatory arthritis in men. Gout can be chronic and last for months, or come on suddenly in the form of a flare-up and last for days. There are a few [...]

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Top 6 Reasons You Experience Knee Pain While Running
Dec 10, 2015 By Kyle Hammond, MD

runners-kneeAs the name suggests, runner's knee, also known as patellofemoral pain syndrome, is a common ailment among runners. But it can also strike anyone who does activities that require a lot of knee bending, such as walking, crossfit, biking and cycling. But runner's knee isn't really a specific injury. It's a loose term for any one of several conditions that cause pain around the kneecap (patella). Research has shown that runner’s knee is more common in women than in men, particularly in women of middle age. Overweight individuals are especially prone to the disorder.

Runner’s Knee Causes:

  • The pain of runner’s knee may be activated by a variety of causes. Here are the most common causes of runner’s knee:
  • Thigh and hip/buttock muscle weakness - Weakness in thigh, hip and buttock muscles causes a disproportional load on the kneecap, leading to abnormal wear patterns and

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Pediatric & Adult Hip Dysplasia
Dec 3, 2015 By Dr. Bradbury

hip-painHip Dysplasia

The thigh bone’s connected to the hip bone – that’s what the song says. But sometimes that connection doesn’t work so well, which is the result of a hip socket that is too shallow – a condition known as hip dysplasia. The hip is the largest “ball and socket” joint in the body, held together by ligaments, tendons and a joint capsule. The hip socket is designed to hold the femur tightly to prevent it from coming out of the socket while allowing enough motion to permit a wide variety of activities. Hip dysplasia simply means that the hip is in the wrong shape, most commonly, the hip socket is too shallow and not positioned to fully cover the femoral head. Most people with hip dysplasia are born with the condition. Many patients never have any symptoms of dysplasia as a child. However, if left untreated, many patients with hip dysplasia will progress [...]

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Emory Bone Cancer Patient Story: “I have full motion in my arm again!”
Nov 27, 2015 By Lindsey Peterson, Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center patient

ms k11-27 2msk 11-27It happened so quickly. One day I was working out and noticed a bulge in my left shoulder but I didn’t think much of it, in fact, I thought maybe my muscles were growing! But my concern grew as the lump got larger. I made a random visit to the chiropractor and during the visit he moved my right arm across my body. When he went to move my left arm across my body, it was impossible; motion of my left arm was completely restricted. The chiropractor knew something was not right and referred me to a primary care physician for an X-ray. I was scared and didn’t want to face reality that this inability to move my arm could be something serious. I wasn’t in pain – the ball on my shoulder wasn’t bothering me or affecting my life – but it was critical that I figure out what it was. On September 5, 2013, the news was broken to me that I had a tumor in my left shoulder. It was on [...]

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Best Ways To Recognize And Treat An Ankle Fracture
Nov 19, 2015 By Jason Bariteau, MD


What is an ankle fracture?

A fracture is a partial or complete break in a bone. An ankle fracture can range from a simple break in one bone, which may cause discomfort but not stop you from walking, to more serious fractures, which damage multiple bones that hold your ankle joint in place and may require surgery or immobilization for some time. There are three bones that make up the ankle joint:
  • Tibia – shinbone
  • Fibula – smaller bone of the lower leg
  • Talus – a small bone that sits between the heel bone (calcaneus) and the tibia and fibula
Any one of the three bones could break as the result of a fall, twisting, rolling or rotating your ankle, a car accident or some other trauma to the ankle. The more bones that are broken, the more unstable the ankle becomes and the longer the recovery time.

What are the signs and symptoms of a fractured ankle?

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