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Preparing for Summer Road Races
Jun 13, 2017 By admin

Live Q&A Today – Summer Road Race Prep

Road race runnersHave you been training hard getting ready for summer races or events like the AJC Peachtree Road Race? Join us here from noon–1:00 p.m. EST when Emory sports medicine physician Amadeus Mason, MD and Emory sports cardiologist, and Peachtree Road Race Medical Director, Jonathan Kim, MD, will answer your questions about how to prevent injuries, discuss when and how to stretch and provide treatment options that are right for your injuries, and more. [...]

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The Best Treatment for an Achilles Tendon Injury
May 27, 2017 By Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center

Achilles Tendon InjuryAn Achilles tendon injury can affect your ability to perform the activities you enjoy and even your ability to walk. That’s why it’s important to talk to your doctor if you experience significant pain in your Achilles tendon, which connects the muscles on the back of your calf to your heel bone.

Types of Achilles Tendon Injuries

There are two common types of Achilles tendon injuries:
  • Achilles tendinitis: A gradual onset of pain, often from overuse. It can usually be treated with rest and rehabilitation.
  • Achilles tendon tear or rupture: A sudden injury that may feel as though you were hit or kicked in the back of the ankle. It usually affects your ability to walk properly and may require surgery to repair the rupture.
It’s crucial to know which type of Achilles tendon injury you have because treatment is very different for each form. If you suspect you have a torn [...]

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The 4 Most Common Causes of Shoulder Pain
May 19, 2017 By Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center

Causes of shoulder pain Whether you’re throwing a football, unloading the dishwasher or scratching your back, shoulder pain can compromise even the most basic daily activity. Here’s how to identify and treat the biggest instigators of shoulder pain, which include:

  • Arthritis
  • Fracture (broken bone)
  • Instability
  • Tendon inflammation and tears
The shoulder is made up of tendons, muscles and bones. Its main purpose is to position your hand for your everyday tasks and movements. Since the shoulder is such a mobile joint, it’s more prone to instability or impingement in its soft tissues. This can lead to acute (sudden) or chronic pain.

1. Arthritis

Arthritis is a frequent cause of shoulder pain. The most common form of arthritis in the shoulder is osteoarthritis, which is known as “wear and tear” arthritis and may crop up as you age. Many people respond to arthritis pain by reducing [...]

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Should You Use Heat or Ice to Treat an Injury?
May 8, 2017 By Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center

Should You Use Heat or Ice to Treat an Injury?Whether you have arthritis pain, a sprained ankle or a pulled muscle, it’s important to know when to use—and when not to use—heat or ice to treat an injury. Heat and ice—also known as temperature therapy—are very effective complements to medication and self-care when treating an injury at home. While both therapies can reduce pain, inflammation, and swelling, they aren’t appropriate for every injury.

When to Use Cold Therapy

It’s best to use cold therapy for acute or sudden pain caused by a recent injury that’s sensitive, red or inflamed. Inflammation is a normal bodily response to an injury, but it can be quite painful. Here are some of the most common acute injuries that benefit from cold therapy:
  • Ankle sprain
  • Inflammatory arthritis flare-ups
  • Muscle or joint sprain
  • Red, hot or swollen body part
  • Sudden intense pain after exercise
A joint or [...]

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Total Ankle Replacement – Valerie's Story
Apr 13, 2017 By admin

Valerie's total ankle replacement

Valerie on Mount Kilimanjaro

After an accident in 1979 that resulted in an ankle injury, Valerie underwent surgery on her left ankle to repair the joint. At the time, total ankle replacement was in its infancy and regarded as an experimental procedure. It wasn’t until the late 80s and early 90s that advancements in design made total ankle replacement a viable option for patients. Initially, the ankle surgery worked, but after five years, Valerie began to experience constant pain at her ankle. Being resilient, she didn’t let the pain stop her from living her life, so she carried on without realizing that she had changed her gait to compensate for the pain. Valerie walked on the tips of her toes for 25 years! She didn’t anticipate the arthritic damage caused by changing her body’s natural movement or the pain it would cause in other areas of her body. After her [...]

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Student Athletes Must Undergo a Pre–Participation Sports Physical
Mar 22, 2017 By admin

Student Athletes helped by Emory Orthopedic Doctors After months of being dormant during the winter, student athletes are anxious to get back in the game. While increased exercise and participation in sports outweigh the risk of injury or illness, it is crucial that every child undergo a pre–participation sports physical before beginning practice. In the U.S., a pre–participation exam (PPE) is required for student athletes who want to take part in sports and/or sports camps.

Pre-Participation Exam Benefits

 
  • Identifies potential life-threatening conditions, such as risk of sudden cardiac death
  • Evaluates existing conditions that may need further treatment or monitoring
  • Diagnosis orthopedic conditions that may need physical therapy or other treatments
  • Identifies student athletes at high risk for violence, substance abuse, depression, eating disorders, anemia, asthma, hypertension, and more
  • Reviews history
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Back Pain Diaries: Herniated Disc – Signs, Symptoms and Treatment 
Mar 10, 2017 By Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center

Dr. Lisa Foster discusses herniated discs

Dr. Lisa Foster, Emory Clinic

A herniated disc is a common lower back injury, but did you know lower back pain is the number one cause of disability around the world, according to the 2010 Global Burden of Disease study. For this blog, we spoke with our own Emory Clinic physician, Dr. Foster, to better understand those rubber like discs that sit between our spinal bones. Your spine is made up of 26 vertebrae bones. Between them are soft disks filled with gel-like substance. These discs cushion the vertebrae bones and keep them in place. As we get older, the discs tend to degrade. When this happens, the discs lose their ability to cushion the vertebrae bones and this can lead to pain if the back is stressed.

What is a Herniated Disc?

A herniated disc, also commonly referred to as a ruptured disc or slipped disc, occurs when a cartilage disc in the spine becomes damaged and [...]

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Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center Welcomes Dr. Lisa Foster
Mar 6, 2017 By Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center

Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center welcomes a new non-operative spine physician, Lisa Foster, MD, to its Johns Creek practice. Foster joins Kyle Hammond, MD; Neeru Jayanthi, MD; Scott Maughon, MD; Oluseun Olufade, MD; Mathew Pombo, MD; and Richard Thomas, MD at the clinic located at 6335 Hospital Parkway in Johns Creek. “Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center now has 23 physicians specializing in the diagnosis and management of spinal disorders ranging from the most simple herniated disc or back sprain, to the most complicated scoliosis deformities or spine tumors,” says Scott D. Boden, MD, director of Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center. Foster is a board certified, fellowship trained interventional physiatrist. She has extensive training in minimally invasive, fluoroscopic guided procedures for the treatment of various spinal disorders. “We’re confident Dr. Foster will [...]

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Emory Healthcare named Official Team Healthcare Provider of Atlanta Braves
Mar 1, 2017 By admin

Atlanta Braves & Emory Helathcare The Atlanta Braves announced a new medical partnership that names Emory Healthcare as the Official Team Healthcare Provider of the Braves. The partnership provides the Atlanta Braves with comprehensive and seamless state-of-the-art medical care. This includes access to Emory’s world class Sports Medicine, Orthopaedics, and Spine Center physicians and more. The partnership also provides the Braves access to Emory’s sports science research and performance measurement expertise at the new Emory Sports Medicine Complex in Brookhaven, opening fall 2017. “We are thrilled to develop this relationship with Emory Healthcare,” said John Hart, Braves president, baseball operations. “This agreement is very important to our club and will help us to continue to provide the best possible healthcare to our players and staff.” “Everyone at Emory is very excited to play a [...]

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3D Printed Knee Replacements at Emory Johns Creek
Feb 20, 2017 By Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center

Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center will provide advanced technology using 3D printers to design custom knees for patients in Johns Creek. The technology, made by ConforMIS, allows for knee replacements to have several large benefits. These include patient-specific procedures, quicker recovery, less blood loss, easier range of motion and better long-term wear for patients.

The Knee Replacement Procedure

"After performing a CT scan, we use an automated design that maps the size and shape of the joint in 3D," says Mathew Pombo, MD, orthopaedic sports medicine surgeon and assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery at Emory School of Medicine. "The software allows us to precisely match implants and instrumentation to the model of the knee." The design of the knee implant is then printed off using a 3D printer. Pombo bases his practice on caring for the elite athlete during their [...]

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