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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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Takeaways from the Hand, Wrist & Elbow Live Chat
May 1, 2016 By Emory Healthcare

hand-wrist-elbow-emailThanks to everyone who joined us Tuesday, April 26, for our live online chat on “Hand, Wrist & Elbow Pain and Treatment” hosted by Emory orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Michael Gottschalk. We had an awesome turnout for the chat, and we were able to answer a lot of really great questions that were submitted prior to and during the chat. Below you can find some of the highlights. You can view the full chat transcript here. Question:I have carpal tunnel and arthritis in my hands and my wrist is very painful I can't use my hands. What can I do for this? Dr. Gottschalk: Currently there are several suggestions and recommendations for carpal tunnel syndrome. I always like to first make sure that this is indeed what you have. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a pinching of the median nerve at the wrist. It can cause pain, numbness and tingling to the hand and especially the thumb, index, [...]

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Foot Pain Treatment Success Story
Apr 28, 2016 By Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center

Michele shares her foot pain journey and a hopeful story of full recovery. Learn more about what she's been through and where she is today.What can be more inspiring than real stories of real people who survived and overcame? Today we introduce to you Michele who shares her story of hope and successful recovery from foot pain.

Michele's Foot Pain Story

Before my procedure at the Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center, I had a tremendous amount of foot pain. I could not walk more than a couple of feet. I had tried a number  of treatments, including the use of a boot for a while. My doctor told me that I needed a complicated surgery done, including having bones cut and tendons moved  around in my foot. I thought  that there had to be another way. So I  searched the internet and saw that Ken Mautner, MD was doing procedures with stem cells and platelets to help healing of chronic injuries. I sent him an email about my foot pain with my MRI attached. He wrote back immediately and thought I would be a good [...]

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Heat-Related Illnesses & What To Do
Apr 22, 2016 By Brandon Mines, MD

man suffering from heat-related ilnessesHave you ever heard of heat exhaustion, heat rash, heat cramps or heat stroke? Yes, heat stroke! It's a real thing! In this blog we’ll discuss the wide range of heat-related illnesses and how to prevent them. Heat-related illnesses occur when the body is unable to cool itself down. The body is designed to cool off naturally through sweating, this helps maintain an average internal temperature of 98.6 degrees. However, when temperature is hot and the air humid, it’s hard for sweat to evaporate fast enough to cool your body so it overheats. This is when heat-related illnesses happen.

SO WHAT ARE HEAT-RELATED ILLNESSES?

Heat-related illnesses are a group of conditions brought on by staying outside in hot temperatures for too long and/or exercising too much. Here are the four types:
  • Heat Cramps Pain or muscle spasms that typically happen during intense exercise or work
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Total Ankle Replacement Surgery Explained
Apr 15, 2016 By Jason Bariteau, MD

ankle replacement surgery smallAre you experiencing pain, bruising, swelling and inflammation in your ankle? Are these symptoms associated with a previous injury, osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis? Have you tried physical therapy, bracing and medicine with no success? If so, you may be a strong candidate for total ankle replacement surgery. If not treated properly in a timely manner, the above conditions can cause the cartilage in your ankle to wear away, leading to joint damage, pain and disability. Total ankle replacement surgery is an option to treat severe ankle pain that doesn’t respond to more conservative treatments.

What Are the Benefits of This Surgery?

  The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons reports more than 90 percent of joint replacement patients have significantly less pain and see a dramatic improvement in their ability to complete daily tasks. We at Emory Healthcare [...]

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The Importance of a Second Surgical Opinion
Apr 7, 2016 By Matthew Gary, MD, Assistant Professor Neurosurgery and Orthopaedics

spine-second-opinion-squareIf you’re one of the 13 million Americans suffering from back pain, neck pain or sciatica (pain running down your leg), your doctor may recommend surgery to relieve your discomfort. While surgery can be life-changing for the better, it certainly isn’t a decision to be taken lightly. Surgery comes with its own risks and doesn’t always solve the problem. It may even introduce new ones. You should get a second opinion before you have surgery. Don’t worry about offending your doctor. Second opinions are common practice. It can give you peace of mind that you’re making the right decision, especially if that decision is to go through with surgery.

Questions to Ask your Doctor

Before you jump into surgery, be sure to ask:
  • What is the likelihood of success?
  • What is the possibility of residual or worsened symptoms?
  • What are the risks of anesthesia?
  • What are the
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Hand, Wrist & Elbow Live Chat on April 26, 2016
Mar 17, 2016 By Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center

hand-wrist-elbow-emailWhether for work or play, we use our hands, wrists & elbows during almost every activity throughout the day. Overuse can sometimes lead to the development of painful conditions, such as carpal tunnel syndrome or arthritis. When upper extremity pain begins to interfere with your daily activities, it is time to see a hand specialist. Join Emory orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Michael Gottschalk, on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 12 pm EST, for a live web chat. Dr. Gottschalk will be available to answer your questions about the diagnosis and treatment – both surgical and non surgical – for a wide range of hand and upper extremity issues. Register for this live chat here. cta-chat-blue [...]

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12 Things Every Woman Should Know About Stress Fractures
Mar 2, 2016 By Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center

stress fractureLast week, Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center physician, Oluseun Olufade, MD, attended “Ladies Night Out” at Emory Johns Creek Hospital. Ladies Night Out is an annual health event for women and provides them with a fun night of shopping, free health screenings and casual consultations with local physicians. At the Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center table, Dr. Olufade spoke with women about stress fractures and how to prevent them. Studies show that female athletes are more prone to stress fractures than male athletes. As a fun activity, attendees entered a free drawing for new running sneakers, a key item to preventing stress fractures and other orthopedic injuries. Four lucky women walked away from the event with new shoes, but we want to provide everyone with Dr. Olufade’s helpful tips. Below are 12 things every woman should know about stress fractures:

What is a stress

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Chondrosarcoma Patient Story: “I can now walk unaided and enjoy time with my family.”
Feb 25, 2016 By Sharon Powers, Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center Patient

skiiing patient storyI noticed something was “not right” with my right leg when I couldn’t sit crisscross-applesauce-style on the floor during my daughter’s music class. The tendon near my groin area was very tight and sore. Pilates exercises were difficult to complete and my left leg responded better than my right during daily activities. At the time, I thought maybe the pain was a sign of aging and simply that I needed more exercise and stretching. I continued to go about my daily life, living with pain that was sporadic and more of an ache at that point. In March 2009, I was on a spring break skiing trip with my family when I noticed my leg felt “wobbly” during the downhill runs. I couldn’t control my right leg well and immediately knew something was wrong, so I stopped skiing. The next day, we went horseback riding and as I swung my leg up and around to get on the horse, there was [...]

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Keys to Preventing Soccer Injuries
Feb 18, 2016 By Oluseun Olufade, M.D.

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Dr. Oludade recently returned from a trip to Turkey, where he provided medical care for the United State’s U-17 Men’s National Soccer Team during the 2016 Mercedes Benz Aegean Cup. Dr. Olufade with head coach, John Hackworth.

Already the most popular international team sport, soccer is also the fastest growing team sport in the United States. With more people playing soccer, it is not surprising that the number of soccer-related injuries is increasing. Although soccer provides an enjoyable form of aerobic exercise and helps develop balance, agility, coordination, and a sense of teamwork, soccer players must be aware of the risks for injury. Injury prevention, early detection, and treatment can keep kids and adults on the field long-term. The most common injuries in soccer that impact healing time are ankle/knee ligament injuries and muscle strains to the hamstrings and [...]

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