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Orthopedics, Spine & Sports Medicine
Signs of a Torn Meniscus
May 15, 2018 By Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center

As one of the largest joints in the body, the knee is highly susceptible to injury. One of the most common knee injuries is a torn meniscus. The meniscus is a rubbery, C-shaped disk that cushions the knee joint and absorbs shock between the shinbone and thighbone. Each knee has two menisci to keep the weight balanced across the joint. Athletes, particularly those who play contact sports, are most prone to meniscal tears, but the injury can happen to anyone at any age. A meniscal tear is most often caused when a person twists or turns quickly with one foot planted on the ground and the knee bent. For example, if a tennis player squats and twists his or her knee at the same time, a tear can happen. A torn meniscus is more likely to occur with age, as the meniscus and cartilage in the knee wear thin over time. Just twisting awkwardly while standing up from a chair could be [...]

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Kids & Sports: Injuries, Benefits & More
May 2, 2018 By Lisa Wyatt, RadioMD

Rotationplasty Child Limb Sparing Surgery AlternativeSporting activities are highly beneficial for kids, both mentally and physically, but these activities are not without risk. It’s best to find an approach to address the potential danger that rests somewhere between bubble-wrapping your kid and prescribing the old “Walk it off and rub some dirt on it.” Dr. Lee Kneer, a sports medicine physician at Emory Sports Medicine Center and a team physician for the Atlanta Falcons and the Atlanta Braves, details some of the most common sports injuries and what parents can do to help prevent them from happening.

The Most Common Injuries among Kids

Contusions, sprains, and traumatic events are most common among kids, whereas their adult counterparts often face debilitating overuse injuries. Think bruises, twisted ankles, and falls.

How to Best Prevent Injury

Identify the risk factors in each sport and make sure kids wear protective [...]

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A Runner Gets Back on Track
Apr 26, 2018 By Emory Sports Medicine

Brad Frink is not a man who gives up easily. That’s surely what gives him the stamina to compete in ultramarathons, races that make a traditional 26.2-mile marathon seem like a jog in the park. So when recurring knee pain sidelined him a few years ago, he wasn’t about to back down. Brad’s issue, iliotibial band friction syndrome (ITBFS), is a common overuse injury among recreational and competitive runners. Also known as “runner’s knee”, this condition happens when the iliotibial band, a bundle of thick fibers that runs from your hip to your shinbone and crosses your knee joint, becomes inflamed and tight after repeated use. The pain associated with ITBFS usually subsides with rest, anti-inflammatories, stretching and icing. Brad had tried all of those things and more, including seeing multiple chiropractors, therapists, and doctors before meeting Kyle Hammond, [...]

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Emory Healthcare and Atlanta Falcons Announce New Healthcare Partnership
Mar 8, 2018 By Emory Healthcare

Emory Healthcare and the Atlanta Falcons have entered into a new medical partnership that designates Emory Healthcare as the Official Team Healthcare Provider of the Atlanta Falcons. Emory Healthcare physicians in sports medicine, cardiology and ophthalmology have been providing medical support for the players and coaches for years, including during the Falcons’ trip to the Super Bowl in 2017. The new partnership promotes a broader relationship between Emory Healthcare and the entire Atlanta Falcons organization that builds on the medical support and care currently provided to the team. The partnership also gives Emory Healthcare new opportunities to engage in community outreach and educate Falcons fans on the importance of maintaining or achieving a healthy lifestyle through preventative care, good nutrition, exercise, regular checkups, and screenings. Along with the [...]

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Your Running Questions Answered by Dr. Amadeus Mason
Mar 6, 2018 By Dr. Amadeus Mason

Thank you for submitting your questions for our Facebook Q&A: Preparing for a Race. A big thank you to Dr. Amadeus Mason from Emory Sports Medicine for answering the submitted questions. We hope you find these answers helpful as much as we did! What is the best way to approach chronic patellar tendinitis, possibly tendinosis?  The best way to approach it is to get a correct diagnosis.  There are a lot of things that can act like tendonitis but aren’t.  Once you have gotten the diagnosis you should get started with some physical therapy where they will give you specific exercises to strengthen the muscles around the knee to take the additional, abnormal stress off the tendon.  In some instances, you do not have to shut down completely depending on how symptomatic you are you may be able to continue running during the rehab process – this should be done only with [...]

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Back Surgery: Should You or Shouldn’t you?
Jan 9, 2018 By Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center

Learn when back surgery is a good idea and what your surgical and nonsurgical options might be, from an Emory specialist.If you’re like most Americans, you’re no stranger to back pain. When the pain interferes with your life, it’s time for treatment. But is it time for back surgery? Today’s surgical techniques are safer and often less invasive than in years past. But any surgery carries some risks, such as infection, bleeding, blood loss or nerve damage. Always get a second opinion from a qualified spine specialist before you have back surgery. And, try other treatments first, such as physical therapy, cortisone shots or medication. “Even surgeons don’t always agree on whether to operate or what type of surgery to perform. Back and leg pain can be complex,” explained Emory spine specialist Dheera Ananthakrishnan, MD. “At Emory, we take a team approach and we consider your goals and preferences as priority.” Back surgery options might include:

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Joint Replacement for an Active Life: Q&A with Dr. Maughon
Dec 19, 2017 By Emory Healthcare

Joints play an essential role in your body’s movements, and joint pain can negatively impact almost every facet of life. The goal of joint replacement surgery is to return patients back to their original level of activity. From organized sports athletes to weekend warriors, Scott Maughon, MD, an Emory orthopaedic surgeon, enjoys helping athletes of all levels get back to doing what they love. Below, he answers a few common questions about joint replacement surgery. What is joint replacement surgery? Dr. Maughon: Joint replacement surgery replaces the joint, or damaged or diseased parts of the joint, with man-made parts in order to relieve pain and improve mobility. Emory offers the highest in quality joint replacement surgery from our expert team of specialty fellowship-trained physicians. What joints can be replaced with surgery? Dr. Maughon: Almost any joint [...]

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Your Spine Surgery Questions Answered by Dr. Scott Boden
Nov 29, 2017 By admin

Having spine surgery is a big decision, and it's in your best interest to ask questions so you know how to prepare, and what to expect both immediately after the surgery and long-term. A week ago, we asked you to send us your spine surgery questions through Facebook Messenger. Below are Dr. Scott Boden's responses to the questions we received.

Your Spine Surgery Questions Answered

Question: I had spine surgery in March 2015. There’s something wrong in my L4 & L5 disks that cause me severe unbearable pain. The spine doctors don’t see anything wrong other than desiccation on the MRIs. I have nerve and muscle spasms constantly, can barely walk, and severe pain in my lower back and legs. I’m on Medicaid and can’t get the help I need because spine institutes don’t accept Medicaid. What can I do?

Dr. Boden:  It’s unfortunate that your type of insurance might limit your

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Meet your Spine Surgeon: A Conversation with Dr. John Heller 
Nov 8, 2017 By Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center

Spine Surgeon The spine supports the body’s weight and protects the nerves in the spinal cord that run through it. It helps maintain the body’s muscle control and nerve coordination, and without it, we wouldn’t be able to function. Spine surgery, a subspecialty of orthopedic surgery, includes the treatment and management of a wide variety of conditions affecting the neck and back, including herniated discs and fractures. For Emory Healthcare spine surgeon John G. Heller, MD, the care and treatment of patients with spine issues is personally rewarding. His practice works to improve the lives of patients while training the next generation of spine surgeons. Patients, understandably, often have many questions regarding spine conditions and their treatment. Recently, Dr. Heller spoke with Dr. Bruce Feinberg for The Weekly Check-up on WSB Radio about a wide range of issues related to [...]

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Real Patients. Real Stories – Kathleen Karr's Total Ankle Replacement
Aug 14, 2017 By Jason Bariteau, MD

total ankle replacement karrKathleen Karr thought her dancing days were over — until she underwent total ankle replacement surgery.  Kathleen suffered an ankle injury during a car accident when she was 39 years-old. Unfortunately, the injury worsened over time. She began to lose more and more mobility in her ankle until, finally, she found herself barely able to walk. Frustrated with her lack of mobility, Kathleen scheduled an appointment with an orthopaedist. After performing an initial exam and reviewing her X-rays, the doctor found that she had end-stage ankle arthritis and recommended an ankle fusion. While the procedure would give her back some mobility, the doctor warned that she would still not even be able to walk uphill or downhill following her surgery. Kathleen had always been an active, vibrant woman. The thought of living out the rest of her life with such limited mobility just felt [...]

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