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Orthopedics, Spine & Sports Medicine
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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Knee Injuries in Young Athletes Live Chat- September 28th
Sep 13, 2016 By Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center

knee-injury-emailKnee 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. Join us on Wednesday, Sept. 28 from noon – 1p.m. EST for an online live chat with Dr. John Xerogeanes, Chief of Sports Medicine at Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center and head team physician for Georgia Tech. Dr. X (as he’s known in the community) will take questions regarding how to reduce the risk of injury, specific exercises for strengthening the knee, warning signs, what to do following an ACL injury, and the rehabilitation [...]

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Emory Sports Medicine Doctors- We've Got Your Back Video
Sep 7, 2016 By Emory Sports Medicine

Emory Healthcare has begun airing a new television commercial featuring Emory Sports Medicine Center. The TV spot is set appear on a number of stations in the Atlanta area, including CBS 46 as part of its SEC Football coverage running through December, as well as Georgia PBA 30 and FOX Sports Southeast during Atlanta Hawks game coverage. Be sure to watch the commercial on Emory Healthcare’s YouTube, Facebook or Twitter accounts, share it with friends, and discover more about Emory Sports Medicine Center. Emory Sports Medicine Center and its sports medicine doctors provide comprehensive care for athletes and active people of all ages and abilities. The Center’s physicians and athletic training teams are immersed in the world of sports medicine and hold alliances with area high school teams and youth leagues, as well as college and professional teams, including the Atlanta [...]

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Concussions in Young Athletes Live Chat Takeaways
Aug 23, 2016 By Emory Sports Medicine

concussion260x200Concussions in young athletes are a hot topic as the fall sports season begins again. Concussion rates are rising sharply among U.S. kids and teens, researchers report, and concussion diagnoses more than doubled between 2007 and 2014. According to the CDC, more than 248,000 U.S. children and teens land in the emergency room each year because of a concussion sustained in sports or recreational activities, such as bicycling, football, basketball, soccer and from playground injuries. We hosted a live chat on Tuesday, August 9th with Dr. Jeffrey Webb, pediatric sports medicine physician at Emory Sports Medicine Center to address this important topic. Thanks to such a great turnout, we were able to answer quite a few questions that were submitted both prior to and during the chat. Below are some highlights from the live chat. View the full chat transcript [...]

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Innovative Treatments for Chronic Tendon Pain
Aug 18, 2016 By Dr. Kenneth Mautner

Do you have chronic tendon pain? Learn about the different innovative treatment options for Chronic Tendinopathy at Emory Healthcare.Chronic tendinopathy (tendon pain) can limit your activities and take months to years to heal. You don’t have to live with the pain. Learn about new innovative treatment options that can get you back to your sporting activities.

What Is Chronic Tendinopathy?

Tendinopathy is a broad term used to describe pain in and around your tendons. It happens when tendon tissue (which attaches muscle to bone) is damaged and can be caused by:
  • Overuse
  • Trauma, such as a direct impact or fall
  • Age-related wear and tear
  • Arthritis or other inflammatory disease
Overuse of your tendons from activities that require repetitive motions, such as working on a computer or playing sports, is the most common cause of chronic tendinopathy (tendon pain that lasts longer than six months.)

Chronic Tendinopathy Symptoms

With overuse, your injuries are often small and can’t be felt right [...]

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Emory Sports Medicine Physician Lands in Rio to Support Olympic Team
Aug 5, 2016 By Emory Sports Medicine

rio-squareWhen the 2016 Olympic Games kick off Friday, viewers will tune in to see the world’s best of the best athletes walking into Rio’s Maracana Stadium during the opening ceremony. Among those making their way into the stadium will be Emory Healthcare sports medicine physician R. Amadeus Mason, M.D., who is helping support Team USA Track and Field. Dr. Mason was busy this year treating four Olympic hopefuls at Emory Sports Medicine Center. Each one had pounding, over-use type injuries in either the knees, Achilles or shin. He treated them with various non-surgical measures such as biologic injections of platelets or stem cells. “It’s exciting that these are the types of patients we see at Emory Sports Medicine on a daily basis,” he said, “and that’s the level of care anyone can expect in terms of treatment from the doctors here.” Emory Sport Medicine Center [...]

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Scoliosis Spine Surgery- Patient Success Story
Jul 22, 2016 By Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center

Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine with multiple symptoms. Surgical treatment of scoliosis usually requires a spinal fusion. About 5 years ago, I had back surgery with John Rhee, MD at the Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center. Dr. Rhee removed pressure off of nerves in my back and joined two back bones together. Following that procedure, everything was fine. I knew at the time that I had a scoliosis that might eventually need to be addressed, but the decision was made to do the smallest operation first and just take care of the area that was causing the pain. Low and behold, the scoliosis did eventually catch up with me, and I started to experience sciatic pain from my buttock to ankle several times throughout the day. I was working, but I was taking medications to mask the pain just so I could go to work. I could not do anything else because I did not want to agitate my back. Prior to suggesting surgery, Dr. Rhee recommended trying to rehab my back to see if a nonoperative approach would help. However, [...]

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Concussions in Young Athletes – Live Chat on August 9, 2016
Jul 18, 2016 By Emory Healthcare

concussion260x200Is the peewee football phase too early to wonder about concussions? Maybe not. Concussion rates are rising sharply among U.S. kids and teens, researchers report, and concussion diagnoses more than doubled between 2007 and 2014. According to the CDC, more than 248,000 U.S. children and teens land in the emergency room each year because of a concussion sustained in sports or recreational activities, such as bicycling, football, basketball, soccer and from playground injuries. If you have a young child or a student athlete who is participating in sports and want to learn more about how to prevent, detect and treat concussions, join us on Tuesday, August 9 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. for a live online chat to discuss the topic. Our host is Dr. Jeffrey Webb, pediatric sports medicine physician at Emory Sports Medicine Center. Dr. Webb will also discuss the laws that Georgia has [...]

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ACL Injury: Mikayla's Success Story
Jul 14, 2016 By Emory Sports Medicine

Mikayla CoombsIn November of 2015, my daughter Mikayla Coombs had a rough start to her basketball season. Mikayla is the number one basketball player in the state of Georgia and the sudden injury came as a surprise. Mikayla was playing in a tournament at Norcross High School and fell during the game. She was not in any pain after falling on the court so the athletic trainer checked her and said she could return to play. After getting back on the court to play, she fell again and was told that she had a lateral collateral ligament (LCL) strain. The next day we had an appointment to see the team doctor without having any testing done and it was confirmed that she had an ACL injury. After the doctor’s visit we were sent to have an MRI taken of Mikayla’s leg. The results came back around thanksgiving and the news was not good. Mikayla had an ACL tear. At that point, as a mother of a great [...]

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