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Q&A with Atlanta Falcons Team Physician
Feb 10, 2017 By Emory Sports Medicine

Dr. Spero Karas

Dr. Spero Karas at the Super Bowl

In addition to his duties as an orthopedic surgeon at Emory Sports Medicine Center, Dr. Spero Karas has served as the head team physician for the Atlanta Falcons since 2011. He provides sideline support and oversees the orthopedic and medical care for both the Falcons’ athletes and coaches.

Last Sunday culminated in one of the most exciting seasons in the history of Atlanta’s hometown team after making it to the Super Bowl for the second time in the team’s history.

We caught up with Dr. Karas as he returned home from Houston to talk about the season, working with the Falcons and going to the Super Bowl.

Q: How has it been working with the Falcons this year?  

A: Well, the season was a success on a number of levels. We won our division, our conference, and of course played in the Super Bowl — one of the most exciting and memorable

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Emory Healthcare Physicians Provide Care for Falcons as They Approach Super Bowl LI
Jan 25, 2017 By Emory Healthcare

v__3a31 Emory Healthcare Team Physicians for the Atlanta Falcons, Spero Karas, Jeffrey Webb and Brandon Mines, are pictured here on the Georgia Dome field following the Falcon’s historic win on January 22nd against the Greenbay Packers. The atlanta falcons are on a historic run after a monumental win in the NFC Championship Game, advancing to the Super Bowl LI. “We’re very excited to help take the team to the next level”, says Falcons head team orthopedic physician, Spero Karas. Emory Healthcare, the most comprehensive academic healthcare system in Atlanta, treats the Atlanta Falcons on and off the field, overseeing the orthopedic and medical care for the Falcons’ athletes and coaches. “Each player’s health and well-being is important. So if a player is injured, we’re here to keep them safely in the game and help them reach their dream- a Super Bowl [...]

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Takeaways from the Live Chat on Hip and Knee Replacement
Dec 21, 2016 By Emory Healthcare

joint-replacement260x200Are you or someone you know considering hip or knee replacement after living with pain for an extended time? Whether you have just begun exploring treatment options or have decided to undergo hip or knee replacement surgery, we answered some questions that may be helpful about the procedure and recovery time. Thank you to everyone who participated in our live chat on Tuesday, December 13 at 12 PM EST with orthopedic surgeon Dr. Thomas Bradbury of Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center where he answered questions about hip and knee replacements, new treatment options, recovery and more. We received a lot of great questions, and below are some of the highlights from this live chat. Read the full chat transcript here.   Question: Will I need physical therapy about a knee replacement? Dr. Bradbury: Yes, physical therapy is much more important after knee replacement than [...]

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Becker’s Recognizes Emory Healthcare as Top Performer in Orthopedics
Dec 16, 2016 By Emory Healthcare

ortho-story-squareEmory Healthcare’s orthopedic programs received top recognition in two nationwide lists released this Fall in Becker’s Hospital Review. In its annual list, “100 Hospitals with Great Orthopedic Programs 2016,” Becker’s named Emory among the national leaders in orthopedic care. Specifically, Becker’s recognized Emory University Orthopaedics & Spine Hospital, Emory University Hospital and Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital. The only other hospital in Georgia to make the list was University Hospital in Augusta, Ga. To develop the list, the Becker’s Hospital Review editorial team examined several rankings and awards for orthopedic care, including U.S. News & World Report, Joint Commission certification and Magnet nursing accreditation. In a separate list, Becker’s recognized Emory University Hospital, which includes Emory University Orthopaedics & Spine Hospital, [...]

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Hip and Knee Replacement Live Chat: December 13, 2016
Nov 10, 2016 By Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center

joint-replacement260x200Are you or someone you know considering hip or knee replacement after living with pain for an extended time? Whether you have just begun exploring treatment options or have decided to undergo hip or knee replacement surgery, we can help answer your questions about the procedure and recovery time. Join us on Tuesday, December 13 at 12 PM EST for a live chat with orthopedic surgeon Dr. Thomas Bradbury of Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center. Learn more about new treatment options and whether total joint replacement surgery is right for you. Register here today. cta-chat-blue

About Dr. Bradbury

Thomas Bradbury, MDThomas Bradbury, MD, enjoys hip and knee arthroplasty because of the consistency of success in the properly selected patient. Dr. Bradbury’s professional goal is the improvement in quality of life for patients with pain secondary to hip and knee problems. His research interests center around [...]

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Back Surgery: Should You or Shouldn’t you?
Oct 13, 2016 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:

  • Discectomy: Removal of
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5 Ways to Treat Arthritis, from an Emory Specialist
Oct 6, 2016 By Emory Healthcare

Learn five ways to treat arthritis, from physical therapy to surgery, from an Emory specialist.Millions of Americans have osteoarthritis, caused when the cushion between bones in a joint wears away. But you don’t have to live with daily pain, swelling and stiffness. Today’s arthritis treatments can offer dramatic, even long-term relief. Here are 5 ways to treat arthritis, from Emory sports medicine physician, Ken Mautner, MD.

  1. Physical therapy and occupational therapy. A physical therapist can help improve mobility in painful joints and increase overall strength. An occupational therapist can help you find ways to perform your daily activities.
  2. Cortisone injections. Cortisone, a powerful anti-inflammatory medicine, can be injected directly into a painful joint. Relief usually starts within a couple of days and can last for weeks or longer. Most people can get cortisone shots three or four times a year, at least six weeks apart. There are negative effects of too
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Knee Injuries in Young Athletes Live Chat Takeaways
Sep 29, 2016 By Emory Healthcare

We hosted a live chat with Dr. John Xerogeanes where he answered questions regarding knee injuries and the treatment of them.Knee injuries in young athletes continues to be on the rise. One of the most common sports injuries, an ACL tear, could end a young athlete’s career aspirations in sports before it even begins. Twist your knee sharply or extend it beyond its normal range during play, and you may hear the telltale “pop.” Whether your child participates in football, soccer, basketball or track, their drive for the game may be setting the stage for a serious injury. We hosted a live chat with Dr. John Xerogeanes, Chief of Sports Medicine at Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center, on Wednesday, September 28 where he answered questions regarding how to reduce the risk of knee injury, exercises for strengthening the knee, warning signs, what to do following an ACL injury, and the rehabilitation process. Below are some highlights from the live chat, and you can read the full chat transcript [...]

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When do you need a cortisone shot? Benefits, risks and uses.
Sep 21, 2016 By Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center

Find out which painful conditions respond to a cortisone shot, what the risks are and what to expect from Emory Healthcare.If you’re living with arthritis or some other painful condition, you may be considering a cortisone shot — and for good reason. Cortisone injection has a long record of safety when used appropriately and can often bring quick and dramatic relief. You may also have concerns. We’ve all read about the risks of “performance-enhancing” steroids. But cortisone isn’t that kind of steroid. It’s an anti-inflammatory drug that’s a lot like cortisol, a hormone your body produces. Doctors can inject cortisone directly into a joint or other area. Some conditions that often respond well include:

  • Arthritis
  • Shoulder bursitis
  • Trigger finger
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis and other foot conditions
Relief can begin in a day or two and last for weeks or longer. The cortisone shot can be slightly painful, but most people find relief of their symptoms [...]

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Emory University Orthopaedics & Spine Hospital receives Magnet® designation for superior nursing practices
Sep 21, 2016 By Emory Healthcare

magnet_220Emory University Orthopaedics & Spine Hospital (EUOSH) has achieved Magnet® recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as a reflection of its nursing professionalism, teamwork and superiority in patient care. With EUOSH's achievement, Emory Healthcare is the only health system in Georgia with three Magnet-designated hospitals. Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital has been recognized as a Magnet hospital since 1995, and Emory University Hospital received its Magnet designation in 2014. ANCC's Magnet Recognition Program® is the most prestigious distinction a health care organization can receive for nursing excellence and quality patient outcomes. Only 444 health care organizations around the globe have achieved Magnet recognition. In Georgia, only four other hospitals, in addition to the three Emory hospitals, have been designated Magnet facilities. "Magnet [...]

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