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Is Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Right for You?
Jun 23, 2016 By Keith W. Michael, MD

Minimally invasive spine surgery can treat back and neck pain with a smaller incision, faster recovery and less pain. When nonsurgical spine treatments don’t relieve your spine and neck pain, spine surgery may be your best option. Thanks to new technology and advanced imaging techniques, minimally invasive spine surgery is now an option for some.

Benefits of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

In traditional spine surgery, your surgeon makes a 5- to 7-inch incision and moves muscle to get to your spine. This invasive approach puts you at greater risk for infection, muscle damage, scarring and pain. You can also expect a long recovery. Minimally invasive spine surgery is a game-changer. Its benefits include:
  • Smaller incision
  • Less injury to muscles around the spine
  • Less bleeding
  • Less pain
  • Shorter hospital stay (an average two to three days)
  • Faster recovery

Am I a Candidate for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery?

Minimally invasive spine surgery is typically used when [...]

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What To Expect Before and After Spine Surgery
Jun 16, 2016 By John Rhee, MD

Anxious about spine surgery? Here’s the scoop on what to expect before and after spine surgery.Does your doctor’s spine surgery recommendation have you feeling anxious? Emory's spine surgeons want you to know what you can expect before and after surgery.

What to Expect Before Spine Surgery

Before surgery, your doctor will talk to you about the risks and benefits of spine surgery, the likelihood of success and what you need to do to prepare for surgery . This discussion is very important to balance the daily impact of your symptoms with the likelihood of improvement or worsening and the risk of complications. Specifically, it’s important to understand the likelihood of improvement of back (or neck) pain versus leg (or arm) pain as the expectation may be different for each. You will have pre-admission testing, which typically includes:
  • Blood screening
  • Meeting with the anesthesiologist (the doctor who helps keep you safe and pain-free during surgery)

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Emory University Orthopedics and Spine Hospital Applies for Magnet Designation
Jun 10, 2016 By Emory Healthcare

euosh-300x213Emory University Orthopedics and Spine Hospital has applied to the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) for the prestigious designation of Magnet. The Magnet designation recognizes excellence in nursing services. You can learn more about our application to the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) for the prestigious designation of Magnet by viewing the Public Notice of Application. [...]

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Emory Orthopaedics, Sports and Spine to offer stem cell therapy in Johns Creek to treat arthritis pain
Jun 10, 2016 By Emory Sports Medicine

arthritis_520Emory Orthopaedics, Sports and Spine will start offering stem cell therapy at Emory Johns Creek Hospital in July to treat osteoarthritis. Emory Healthcare sports medicine physician, Oluseun Olufade, MD, says he begins the treatment by applying a numbing medicine to the patient’s hip or stomach area and extracts cells from the patient’s bone marrow or adipose tissue. The stem cells are then separated using a centrifuge machine to provide a concentrated sample to inject into the patient’s damaged joint. Since the stem cells are from the patient’s own body, the rejection risk is low.

How can stem cell injections help me?

This treatment can reduce pain and provide long-lasting relief from chronic tendinitis, arthritis and cartilage damage in the joint. “Stem cells harness the power of your own body and work to actually repair your damaged tissue,” says [...]

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Emory Tennis Medicine Program: Patient Story
Jun 8, 2016 By Emory Sports Medicine

jayanthi patient story 2It was Labor Day weekend of 2015 , and  I was in Tennessee playing  in a tennis tournament. While playing, I suddenly could not bend over very well. I could hardly walk, twist or turn. I didn't know it at the time but I had 3 stress fractures in my back potentially from how quickly I had grown  in a year and a half. At that time I was playing about 18 hours a week on average, and in the summer I played a little more. My back had been hurting off and on for about a year, but I was going to physical therapy once a week throughout that time which seemed to be helping.  Previously I experienced tightness in my back but the tightness would come and go.  It would hurt for a few days and after physical therapy would feel better.  However, I was always nervous because I never knew when it would come back.  I had heard of other tennis players with back issues but I didn’t think [...]

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5 Things You Should Be Doing Before Running the Peachtree Road Race
Jun 8, 2016 By Emory Sports Medicine

prr-email260x200Whether you’re running the Peachtree Road Race for the 15th time or the first, be sure to join Emory Sports Medicine’s Dr. Amadeus Mason for advice on what you should and shouldn’t be doing right now to ensure peak performance on July 4. With less than two weeks to go before the race, Dr. Mason will give tips for avoiding injury, how to properly train, the best foods to eat, and what to do the night before the race and afterward. Join Dr. Mason on Tuesday, June 21 at 12p.m EST as he answers your questions online. Register now for our chat. cta-chat-blue

About Dr. Amadeus Mason

mason-amadeusDr. Mason is an assistant professor in the Orthopedics and Family Medicine Department at Emory University and is board certified in Sports Medicine, with a special interest in track and field and running injuries. He is the team physician for Georgia Tech and Emory University Track & Field and Cross Country. [...]

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Pinched Neck Nerve Causing You Pain? Find Relief
Jun 2, 2016 By Susan Dreyer, MD

Pinched Neck Nerve:  Causes and TreatmentsWhat Causes a Pinched Neck Nerve?

A pinched neck nerve happens when the nerve root in your cervical spine (located in your neck) is irritated, squeezed or damaged as a result of:

What Are the Symptoms of a Pinched Neck Nerve?

A pinched neck nerve can cause:
  • Pain in the arm, neck or shoulder
  • Numbness
  • Tingling or a "pins and needles" feeling
  • Loss of reflexes
  • Muscle weakness
You may feel these symptoms in the arm and neck, or they may radiate to the shoulder, chest, arm, hand or fingers.

How is a Pinched Neck Nerve Treated?

Pinched neck nerves (cervical radiculopathy) often heal on their own in several weeks or months. Sometimes healing takes longer. If you have a pinched nerve that doesn’t go away on its [...]

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The Importance of High School Sports Physicals
May 26, 2016 By Emory Sports Medicine

sports-physical250x250After months of being dormant during the winter, most children who participate in sports are anxious to get back in the game as soon as warm weather arrives. While increased exercise and participation in sports outweigh the risk of injury or illness, it is crucial that every child undergo pre – participation sports physicals before beginning practice with their chosen sport. The same goes for professional athletes around the world. In the United States, pre – participation exams (PPE) are required for professional and student-athletes of all ages who want to participate in sports and/or sports camps. But whether you’re a student athlete or a professional athlete, pre-participation sports physicals are identical. In the winter or “off-season”, the players are usually coaching, working or playing overseas. When they re-join the Atlanta Dream, they have to undergo [...]

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Emory Soccer Medicine Doctor takes Chief Role at Mexico vs. Paraguay Game this Weekend
May 26, 2016 By Emory Sports Medicine

soccer eventEmory Healthcare sports medicine physician Oluseun Olufade, M.D., loves to talk about injury prevention and being prepared to take action should a medical emergency occur. He’s equally passionate when talking about soccer, a favorite sport he enjoyed as a child. Combine the two topics, and Dr. Olufade becomes one of the region’s most authoritative and enthusiastic voices when it comes to soccer injuries and prevention. That’s just what the Georgia Dome needs for its upcoming May 28 soccer match between world power Mexico and Paraguay. A record, sellout crowd is likely. Mexico played at the Dome against Nigeria in 2014 and against Panama in the 2015 CONCACAF semifinals – both times in front of full houses. Dr. Olufade is a physician in the Emory Sports Medicine Center. His role as venue medical director at the game is diverse, equal part communications, logistics [...]

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Emory Healthcare & Atlanta Hawks New Partnership
May 17, 2016 By Emory Healthcare

12938175_10153983279726397_3461086211474604166_nWe have great news for our blog readers! Emory Healthcare & Atlanta Hawks Basketball Club announced a new partnership. We plan to build a first-of-its-kind training and sports medicine center on Executive Park Drive in Brookhaven.

About Emory Healthcare & Atlanta Hawks' Facility

Emory Healthcare & Atlanta Hawks' new facility will serve as the team’s official practice site. Also, it will feature advanced technology in sports medicine and athletic care. It will be built within a state-of-the-art training center with amenities. The team expects to break ground this summer on the 90,000-square-foot facility. The Hawks Basketball Operations Department will be housed in the facility upon its completion. Emory will become the official sports medicine provider of the Atlanta Hawks. “When we became owners, one of our top priorities was to provide the resources necessary to [...]

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