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Orthopedics, Spine & Sports Medicine
Spinal Tumor Symptoms & Treatment
May 20, 2015 By John Rhee, MD

Spinal TumorsTumors, whether cancerous (malignant tumors) or noncancerous (benign tumors), can develop and affect bones anywhere in the body, but when a tumor develops in or near your spinal cord or within the bones of your spine, it can be an especially serious condition. Your spine is an extremely important part of your body as it holds up your head, shoulders and upper body. It also houses and protects your spinal cord and the nerve roots that control your arms, legs, and torso. The spine is made up of 31 small bones, called vertebrae, which are stacked on top of one another and make up the three sections of your spine (cervical spine, thoracic spine, lumbar spine) forming the natural curves of your back. Your spinal cord runs through the middle part of the vertebra, which is called the spinal canal, and extends from the skull to the lower back. Spinal nerves branch out from the spinal [...]

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How to Train and Prepare for Summer Running Races - Join Us for a Live Online Chat!
May 12, 2015 By Emory Healthcare

Running Training Live ChatWhether you are a seasoned marathon runner or recreational jogger, it is important to train properly and know how to prevent injury. If you are interested in learning more about preventing and treating sports and running injuries, join Emory Sports Medicine physician Amadeus Mason, MD, for an online web chat on Tuesday, June 9 at noon. Dr. Mason will be available to answer your questions such as:

  • Injury prevention
  • Stretching
  • Race-day tips
  • Symptoms of certain athletic injuries
  • Risk factors for athletic/running injuries
  • Treatment for specific sports injuries
  • When to visit your sports medicine physician
To register for the live chat, visit emoryhealthcare.org/mdchats! If you already have questions for Dr. Mason, go ahead and submit in advance so our team can answer during the chat! Sign Up for the Chat From surgical sports medicine expertise to innovative therapies and [...]

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Injury Insight: Manny Pacquiao’s Shoulder Injury
May 7, 2015 By Dr. Jeffrey Webb

This past weekend’s boxing match between Floyd Mayweather, Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao may have been the most-watched pay-per-view event of all time, but all eyes are now focused on Pacquiao’s reported shoulder injury. Battling through the twelve-round fight with Mayweather, Pacquiao suffered further injury to his already ailing shoulder. Reports released this week confirm the athlete will need shoulder surgery to repair a “significant tear” in his rotator cuff. Emory Sports Medicine's Dr. Jeff Webb stopped by CNN to shed some light about Pacquiao's injury, possible treatment options and recovery time:

What is the rotator cuff?

The rotator cuff is made up of four muscles and their tendons that wrap around the ball-and-socket joint of the shoulder, attaching the upper arm to the shoulder socket. These tendons allow you to move and rotate your arm in wide range of motion. [...]

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Concussions and Female Athletes
May 6, 2015 By Brandon Mines, MD

Concussions in Female AthletesAs the number of sports-related concussions continues to rise across the United States, equally disturbing is recent awareness around increased prevalence of concussions in female athletes versus male athletes. Currently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that between 1.6 and 3.8 million sports-related concussions occur each year in the United States, accounting for 5–9% of all sports-related injuries. While the increase in occurrence can be contributed to greater awareness of the symptoms and consequences associated with the injury, it is believed that around 50% of concussions go unreported. Recent data suggests an increase in the number of concussions sustained by female athletes versus male athletes – with some studies reporting the incidence of concussion in women to be double. Female athletes also experienced (or reported) a higher [...]

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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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