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The Right Amount of Exercise: New Studies Reveal Ideal Frequency and Intensity
Apr 28, 2015 By Emory Healthcare

Exercise GuidelinesEat your vegetables, get a good night's sleep, and exercise regularly. These are a few of the principles most of us are familiar with when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle. But how much exercise should you really get, and what level of exercise is needed to make a difference? Is there such a thing as too much exercise? Recently, two new studies, both published in JAMA Internal Medicine, answer common questions about the ideal frequency and intensity of exercise a person should get each week.

What are the current exercise guidelines?

Currently, health experts and the government recommend that a person should exercise moderately for 150 minutes per week to develop and maintain proper health and fitness.

What did the new studies find?

During the first study, researchers from the National Cancer Institute, Harvard University and other institutions collected significant [...]

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8 Tips to Fix Your Posture at Work
Apr 14, 2015 By Dr. Diana Sodiq

Good PostureFor the average working American, it is common to sit a minimum of eight hours a day and a majority of that behind a computer. I frequently see patients with neck and back pain that are not related to a specific injury, but rather from spending many hours at their desk (which usually involves using a computer). Sitting for extended periods of time can lead to a variety of health issues, including fatigue, muscle and joint pain. Do you spend a lot of time behind a desk? If so, make sure your chair and work station are set up to fit you properly and influence good posture. Here are a few tips to help get you started:

  1. MONITOR POSITION: You should be able to sit straight in front of your computer and not have to turn from side to side to access it. The top half of the monitor should be in line with your eye height.
  2. DISTANCE FROM MONITOR: Keep your arms and elbows close to
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Why are Sports Physicals Important?
Mar 31, 2015 By Dr. Jeffrey Webb

Sports PhysicalsAfter 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 a pre – participation sports physical before beginning practice with their chosen sport. In the United States, pre – participation exams (PPE) are required for student-athletes of all ages who want to participate in sports and/or sports camps. But are sports physicals really necessary? Absolutely! A PPE provides the following prior to participation:

  • Identifies any potential life-threatening conditions, such as risk of sudden cardiac death.
  • Evaluates existing conditions that may need treatment prior to participation, or monitoring to avoid future injury.
  • Identifies any orthopedic
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“I’m a Medical Miracle!” : One Emory Spine Center Patient's Experience
Mar 10, 2015 By Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center

Andy ReynoldsBy Andy Reynolds, Emory Spine Center Patient  In midsummer of 2010, my riding lawn mower flipped over and pinned me underneath. My back was broken in three parts. I had surgery to fuse and implant rods and screws. My pain never went away, so later I had the rods and screws removed in hopes of pain relief. My pain worsened and more issues developed within the next four years. My nerves were damaged which lead to horrific pain, migraines, insomnia, and I developed Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. I could hardly make it through a day at work, I wore a brace and had seen about 16 different doctors before I was referred to a spine specialist. That spine specialist was my medical miracle doctor, Emory neurosurgeon, Dr. Gerald Rodts. Dr. Rodts showed me a CT scan image of my spine and surprisingly revealed that my fracture was never repaired, and therefore, never properly healed. [...]

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Emory Expansion Update: Emory Orthopaedics, Sports and Spine is On the Move
Mar 4, 2015 By Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center

ExpansionTo provide a better patient care experience, two of our Emory Orthopaedics, Sports & Spine clinics in Johns Creek and Duluth are combining. The combined practice will relocate to 6335 Hospital Parkway, Suite 302, Johns Creek, GA 30097 and begin seeing patients in the new location on Tuesday, March 17, 2015. Below is a list of all of physicians seeing patients in the new clinic location.

If you have an appointment with any of the doctors listed above and have a question regarding where your appointment will be, please call us at 404-778-3350. Also, Emory Physical Therapy has expanded to a new location in Johns Creek. The practice, located at 6335 Hospital Parkway, Suite 316, Johns Creek, GA 30097, opened its doors on Monday, March 2, 2015. If you would like to make [...]

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Emory Spine Center Patient: “Dr. Ananthakrishnan is a miracle worker.”
Feb 17, 2015 By Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center

By Renee Godley, patient at Emory Orthopaedic, Sports & Spine Center Emory Orthopedics PatientIn 1969, I had scoliosis surgery. During this surgery, my spine was fused and a Harington Rod was attached to the muscles in my spine. After the surgery, I was bedridden for six months and in a body casts for a total of nine months. I recovered well and learned how to live with my limitations. In 1990, I started to suffer from lower back pain. I visited Emory Orthopaedic, Sports & Spine Center, in Atlanta, Georgia and I was informed that I needed to have additional surgery. The wear and tear on my lower three discs had progressed to the point that I would need to have them replaced and fused within 10 years. I said no immediately because I knew the process, I had a three year old daughter at home and I would again, be bedridden for three months and in a body cast that extended down to my right knee. I was [...]

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Successful Grand Opening for Emory Orthopaedics, Sports & Spine at Dunwoody
Feb 9, 2015 By Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center

Emory Orthopaedics, Sports & Spine at Dunwoody

Photo from grand opening event at Emory Orthopaedics, Sports & Spine’s new Dunwoody location. A big thanks to Dunwoody Mayor, Mike Davis, Blessed Trinity High School, Emory at Dunwoody Family Practice, Jerry’s Famous Catering, St. Pius X Catholic High School, William J. Mulcahy, Synergy Sports Wellness Institute and all the wonderful people that shared the day with us. We are grateful.

On January 28, 2015, Emory Orthopaedics, Sports & Spine successfully hosted a grand opening event to officially open its doors to their new Dunwoody location. The opening reception was an opportunity for local businesses and members of the Dunwoody community to tour the facility and meet with Emory physicians, including the newest physician, Lee Kneer, MD, assistant professor in the Departments of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation Medicine. Dr. Kneer specializes in non-surgical treatments, [...]

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4 Healthy Tips to Winter-Proof Your Outdoor Workout
Jan 28, 2015 By Emory Sports Medicine

During the winter months, exercising outside takes not only motivation, but proper preparation to prevent injury. Emory Sports Medicine physician Amadeus Mason, MD, shares ways to keep your body safe and warm while exercising in the cold. Below are a few healthy tips to help prevent injury:

  • Make sure to warm-up before starting to exercise
  • Keep your fingers, nose and ears covered
  • Make sure to stay hydrated
  • Invest in proper work-out clothes using materials designed to balance body temperature and help with perspiration
For more tips on how to stay safe, warm and dry while training in cold weather, view the full FOX 5 News segment. Atlanta News, Weather, Traffic, and Sports | FOX 5

About Emory Sports Medicine

The Emory Sports Medicine Center is a leader in advanced treatments for patients with orthopedic and sports-related injuries. From surgical sports medicine [...]

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Knee Arthroscopy and Knee Arthroscopy Recovery
Nov 13, 2014 By Dr. Xerogeanes

knee surgeryKnee arthroscopy is surgery that uses a tiny camera (arthroscope) to look inside your knee. Small cuts are made to insert the camera and small surgical tools into your knee for the procedure. Your surgeon can use arthroscopy to feel, repair or remove damaged tissue. To do this, small surgical instruments are inserted through other incisions around your knee.

Preparation for Knee Arthroscopy:

Usually no significant pre operative testing is needed. Depending on your heath, your orthopaedic surgeon may order pre-operative tests. These may include blood counts, an EKG (electrocardiogram), and even a complete physical examination to assess your health and identify any problems that could interfere with your surgery.

Surgery for Knee Arthroscopy:

During the procedure, the orthopedic surgeon inserts the arthroscope (a small camera instrument about the size of a pencil) into your [...]

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Knee Replacement Surgery
Oct 2, 2014 By James R. Roberson, MD

Knee SurgeryThe knee is a hinge joint which provides motion at the point where the thigh meets the lower leg. Your knee can become damaged by osteoarthritis resulting from wear and tear over time, by rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, or by injury/trauma to the knee. Rest, medication, and therapy are the first lines of treatment, but knee replacement surgery — also known as knee arthroplasty -- can help relieve pain and restore knee function for those whose cartilage is too damaged to respond to conservative measures. Although surgery always comes with risks, knee replacement surgery continues to be one of the most predictably successful of all major operations done for any problem. It is however a major surgery and should only be considered when other nonsurgical options are not adequate.

Knee Replacement Procedure

In general, knee replacement surgery consists of replacing the [...]

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