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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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How Much is Too Much in a Youth Sport?
Jul 7, 2016 By Emory Sports Medicine

Research shows sports specialization is harming younger children, and outweighs any benefit he or she might derive from laser-like focus on one youth sport.Is your child athlete playing only one youth sport, and if so, is he or she doing it year-round, with little or no monitoring about over using certain muscles? Research shows this kind of sports specialization is harming your younger children, and greatly outweighs any benefit he or she might derive from laser-like focus on one sport. The Emory Sports Medicine Center, a leader in advanced treatments for patients with orthopaedic and sports-related injuries, has been on the cutting edge of that research. Dr. Neeru Jayanthi, M.D., of the Emory Sports Medicine Center, is a leading expert on youth sports health and is an ardent believer in kids playing organized sports. However, he believes even stronger in a simpler plan: Kids need to play. Period. Not play soccer, per se. Or baseball. Or even tennis, which is his specialty. But just play and play multiple sports. While [...]

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Takeaways from the Peachtree Road Race Prep Chat
Jun 30, 2016 By Emory Healthcare

prr-email260x200On Tuesday, June 21 many joined 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 during the Peachtree Road Race. Dr. Mason gave tips for avoiding injury, how to properly train, the best foods to eat, and what to do the night before the race and afterward. 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 here. Question: How much running (training) should I do before the race? Dr. Mason: Good question! This really depends on the length of the race. If you're running a 5K you should be doing at least 3 months of training. If you're doing a 10K, about 6 months and a marathon you should be doing 8-10 months of [...]

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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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