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Here you'll find the latest news, featured stories and media links all from OrthoCarolina.

Why I Chose Physical Therapy as My Career

A Former PT Patient Becomes a PT Herself More

17 Oct 2014

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What We’re Doing in Physical Therapy: Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM)

Soft-tissue injuries sometimes happen gradually, such as overuse issues in athletes or people who do repetitive physical work More

16 Oct 2014

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30 Things You Didn’t Know About Physician Assistants (PAs)

National PA Week is held every year from Oct. 6–12 More

8 Oct 2014

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Treating Position-Specific Injuries in NASCAR: Upper Extremities

Fast fact: As of 2013 there were 3,000 published injury studies on football, 1,000 each on baseball and basketball, 140 on bowling, 43 on arm-wrestling and 7 on tug-of-war. NASCAR injury studies? There were 3. More

7 Oct 2014

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Why We Need Physician Assistants

National PA Week More

6 Oct 2014
I'm a Junior at Clemson University, my sister-in-law is a PA, and I, too, am an aspiring PA. It's amazing to see how appreciative everyone is for the work that they do. Knowing that this is what I want to do as a career, it makes me extremely happy to see where I want to go impacts not only the patients, but to the other staff as well. So thank you, PAs, for making me strive to do the best I can, so that one day I can do my part in the medical field as a hard-working PA. What you do doesn't go unnoticed, and you should not stop excelling at what you do!
- Andrew Valvo

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National Physical Therapy Month: Meet John Colville

October is National Physical Therapy Month More

2 Oct 2014

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Our PTs: They’ve Got Your Back…and Your Legs…and More…

October is National Physical Therapy Month More

1 Oct 2014

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Gastonia Urgent Care now open 7 days a week!

Starting today, 10/1, the orthopedic urgent care at the OrthoCarolina location in Gastonia will be serving patients 7 days a week. Visit URL

30 Sep 2014

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Kids and Backpacks: How Heavy is Too Heavy?

For children, heavy school backpacks that pull the force of gravity and alter their posture can put them at risk for neck, shoulder and back pain. More

29 Sep 2014

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OrthoCarolina to bundle knee, hip replacement costs.

Instead of waiting for change to be imposed, doctors at Charlotte’s OrthoCarolina, one of the region’s largest physician groups, have taken the lead in adopting a system to simplify billing and improve coordination of care. Visit URL

28 Sep 2014

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Meet Angela Sneed, NASCAR Athletic Trainer

How she stayed on track and made her dream come true More

25 Sep 2014

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How to Avoid and Treat Runner's Knee

Running is a highly beneficial form of cardiovascular exercise, but if it’s your only form of exercise, weakness of the knees and hips can lead to overuse injuries... Download

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What is Hand Therapy?

As a specialty practice of occupational and physical therapy, hand therapy focuses on orthopedic conditions that affect the upper extremities (hands and arms). More

19 Sep 2014

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Post-Race Overtraining: How to Let Your Body Heal Properly

Leading up to a race, it’s important to plan your training accordingly to avoid overtraining... More

15 Sep 2014
As a wrestler, the majority of his time on the mat is going to be anaerobic, meaning he is putting forth bursts of maximal effort with a short rest in between to catch his breath. This is different than aerobic effort, which is more like long distance conditioning at a submaximal effort. He needs to be working on interval training with a strong emphasis on cross-training. It is important that he mix up his workouts to avoid working the same muscle groups two days in a row. Another major concern with wrestlers, having been one in the past, is nutrition and hydration. Wrestlers are notorious for cutting weight by not eating or drinking and then working out like mad in order to shave off fluid weight for weigh-ins. He needs to find a weight class that he is comfortable in while being able to eat and drink appropriately to refuel his body in between workouts and matches. Thank you Tony
- OrthoCarolina
My son is in a college wrestling program, and is putting in a tremendous amount of work (as he did not start wrestling until he was in High School), to make up for years that other wrestlers have had to hone their skills. His work ethic is tremendous, and the coaches even say he works harder than anyone on the team. Last year, as a freshman, he was nominated as one of the Athlete's of the Year because of his drive and work ethic. How do I tell him to rest his body properly. I know how hard wrestling is, and his goals include National Championships and possibly working toward Olympics. Can you give me any advice for him that will support his efforts but allow appropriate healing between workouts and matches?
- Lisa Smith (smith4061@bellsouth.net)

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OrthoCarolina Steps Up for Dunk Your Kicks to Fight Childhood Cancer

OrthoCarolina, Cards Creating Change and the Max Cure Foundation have teamed up for Dunk Your Kicks, a program to support Childhood Cancer Awareness month in September that collects used sneakers. More

11 Sep 2014

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What You Think Is Your Core Isn’t Really Your Core

The “core” is such a hot topic these days. Is it abs, trunk or back? A combination of all of those? Strong core muscles keep your spine healthier, yet there is a lot of confusion as to exactly what those muscles are. More

10 Sep 2014

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Welcome to Dr. Alison Warren, DAOM, L.Ac.

Dr. Warren holds a doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and heads up our new Integrative Medicine service line. Visit URL

9 Sep 2014

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World Physical Therapy Day

Our physical therapists at OrthoCarolina play a vital role in keeping our patients healthy, improving movement, managing pain, promoting healing, and are often an important part of rehabilitation for those with chronic conditions. More

8 Sep 2014

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Welcome to Dr. Parikh, OrthoCarolina Hickory

Dr. Parikh is a fellowship trained Interventional Physiatrist Visit URL

7 Sep 2014

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My Hand Can Art Exhibit Opens Uptown

The My Hand Can art exhibition opens at the Mint Museum Uptown on September 3, showcasing the works of OrthoCarolina Hand Center patients. More

2 Sep 2014

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How to Properly Foam Roll

Foam rolling has become increasingly popular over recent years, and foam rollers of all sizes can be found in almost any gym or physical therapy clinic in the United States. More

27 Aug 2014

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What is Arthritis of the Foot?

Arthritis is very common in middle age and we see it often in the foot. More

25 Aug 2014
We do treat the arthritis...give us a call to discuss the options. Thank you. 704.323.3668
- OrthoCarolina Foot and Ankle Institute
Would like to know if you treat psoriatic arthritis as well
- Bea

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What We’re Doing in Physical Therapy -- Dry Needling

When we contract our muscles repetitively, such as motion in sports activities, jobs or stress-related muscle tension, sensitive trigger points can develop within the muscle itself along the fascia that cover and protect them. More

24 Aug 2014

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How to Avoid Rotator Cuff Injuries While Working

Rotator cuff injuries or tears are one of the most commonly encountered shoulder problems seen by orthopedic surgeons. More

22 Aug 2014

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How to Know Which Running Shoes to Buy

Whether you’re hitting the asphalt or the trails, the mountains, the beach or somewhere in between for your run, there are a lot of different factors that go into picking the right shoe. More

20 Aug 2014

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How Orthotics Can Help Your Feet

Faulty alignment in your feet can create havoc and pain in the entire body... More

19 Aug 2014
Thanks for the question Amanda. It is truly patient specific in these cases...I'd recommend contacting Grace and see what she'd suggest for you! Thanks again.
- OrthoCarolina
Is there a particular brand of orthotics better than the others?
- Amanda M
Cool!!
- Tom T

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Overtraining: When it Comes to Running, How Much is Too Much?

The simple definition of overtraining is not allowing enough recovery time between hard workouts to allow your body to recover... More

18 Aug 2014

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Make them go to rehab, or life in the NASCAR pits

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Toe Up, Toe Off: How Important is Footstrike in Running?

How the foot interacts with the ground while running is a topic of many running conversations... More

7 Aug 2014

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Aquatic and Pool-based Therapy

Aquatic-based therapy offers a healing medium and therapeutic components that can be customized to each patient’s needs... Visit URL

5 Aug 2014

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What We’re Doing in Physical Therapy – the McKenzie Method & Self-Treatment for Back Pain

Back pain can sometimes feel unbearable... More

1 Aug 2014

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8 Ways to Keep Your Knees Healthy as You Age

Knee pain is a common problem, especially in older adults. As we move, walk and run every day, we battle gravity, and natural deterioration will occur... More

31 Jul 2014

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What We’re Doing in Physical Therapy – Check out H-Wave ®

H-Wave stimulation is a drug-free form of electrical stimulation, or small muscle fiber stimulator, that treats chronic soft-tissue injury, improves lymphatic flow, and helps decrease acute, chronic and neuropathic pain More

23 Jul 2014
My daughter is getting treatment for back pain. I didn't understand what she was talking about but after reading this article I think I do. It sounds exactly like what she told me, including getting rid of toxins.
- Jane Chronister

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The “Real Core”: Yoga and the Psoas

Your core muscles are deep in your back and help stabilize and strengthen your spine. More

22 Jul 2014
This article is interesting and made me realize that I need to strengthen my psoas. I am sway-backed and have terrible posture. I thought that is was inherited and I couldn't change it but now I know there is a way.
- Jane Chronister
Very well done. Thank you.
- Glen minor

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Off to a Running Start!

Whether you’re an experienced runner or still working up to completing a mile, running is a full-body exercise that helps strengthen bones, muscles, vital organs and more. We’re partnering with the Charlotte Observer to launch Run Charlotte Run, putting the best in running tips, inspiration, health information and more all in one place. Visit URL

17 Jul 2014

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Get to Know Your Knee

What’s in a knee, and how does it work? More

16 Jul 2014
Excellent information for non-medicals as well
- Praveen Rai

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Females and CrossFit

Strength training is so often ignored by females. More

15 Jul 2014

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How to Prevent Incision Scarring from Sunburn

Scars are a natural part of the body’s healing process after injury or surgery... More

8 Jul 2014

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Cheerleading and Injury Risk

The American Medical Association recently declared cheerleading a sport, saying that the rigors and risks led them to the decision. More

7 Jul 2014

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Smoldering Setback: A Firefighter’s Journey to Stay Healthy

For Matt Yost, being in shape isn't just part of his healthy lifestyle. His job and people’s lives depend on it. More

30 Jun 2014
Matt is a great subject to use in your article. It is good for the public to recognize the constant physical training that these firefighters must pursue in order to maintain the fitness that is required for the job. This training must be an important part of their life.
- Judy Blair

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10 Reasons to Start Paddle Boarding

Standup paddle boarding (SUP) has crested into a major water sports industry over the last decade. More

27 Jun 2014

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Why I Used to Grunt When Putting on my Socks

Four years ago, I was not healthy. I was eating pizza and burgers 3-4 times a week and drinking too much beer and soda. Sure, we like to indulge sometimes, but I was not healthy. I peaked at 190 pounds, which is a lot for me, after a Christmas vacation with my buddies – and I felt depressed about my overall health. More

25 Jun 2014

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Men’s Health Month: Meet Zach Hollister

Staying healthy not only requires physical work but also positive mental reinforcement in all other aspects of life. This applies whether you’re in the gym, on the road pounding pavement, in the pool or in the kitchen. I find a lot of men put in the hard work physically but often lack the discipline to make their efforts count. More

24 Jun 2014

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Water Safety Tips

Urgent Cares and emergency rooms see hundreds of thousands of swimming and water-related injuries each year, with a higher number during the hotter months of summer when water activities are popular More

19 Jun 2014

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BCBSNC and OrthoCarolina Team Up to Reduce Cost and Improve Quality of Knee Replacement Surgeries

Starting March 1, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) customers became eligible for a new bundled payment program for total knee replacement surgeries through an arrangement with OrthoCarolina. Visit URL

18 Jun 2014

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Putting a Brake on Injuries: The Role of the OrthoCarolina Motorsports Team

OrthoCarolina’s Motorsports crew seems to be everywhere. Tasked with the health and medical treatment for many teams and athletes, they’re at the track nearly every weekend and at the race shops during the week. Visit URL

17 Jun 2014

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Men’s Health Month: Meet Adam Whiting

June is Men’s Health Month More

16 Jun 2014

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Even World Cup Players Get Hurt

So what do you do when you’re injured and you need to get back for regular season, playoffs or even the World Cup? More

13 Jun 2014

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8 Watersports and Boating Safety Tips for Summer

During the hot weather of the summer months, we tend to see a high number of injuries from water sports... More

12 Jun 2014

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What it’s Like to be an Athletic Trainer to NASCAR Teams [Podcast]

Angela Sneed, ATC at OrthoCarolina, joins AT Podcast to talk motorsports and more More

9 Jun 2014

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When Should I Change My Running Shoes?

We know, we know, running shoes aren’t cheap. But, as you use your shoes, mile after mile they eventually begin to lose their cushioning, stability, and shock absorption. More

6 Jun 2014

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OrthoCarolina Motorsports Program keeps NASCAR teams on top in performance

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Orthopaedic Specialists of the Carolinas is now OrthoCarolina Winston!

Region’s Leading Orthopedic Group Expands into the Triad While Continuing to Offer Quality, Convenient Care! Visit URL

2 Jun 2014

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Ballantyne Smokies Step Up to the Plate

Season Opener Takes Place June 2 More

1 Jun 2014

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Discovery Place Education Studio, Charlotte NC

OrthoCarolina joined Discovery Place to celebrate the opening of the new Discovery Place Education Studio at a ceremonial ribbon cutting at Bank of America STEM Center for Career Development on May 29. More

30 May 2014

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Research Update: Mastectomy and Upper Body Extremities

Mastectomy is a common treatment for women with breast cancer. Some patients that need a mastectomy also have to have other lymph node tissue removed from the axillary (armpit) region on the same side that the breast tissue was removed from. More

27 May 2014

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SEE KRISTAN RUN

Kristan Seaford miraculously survived severe complications from the flu, but the loss of blood flow during treatment resulted in the amputation of both hands, her left lower leg and a portion of her right foot... More

26 May 2014

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Muscle Balance for Your Hips

(And why you shouldn’t sit all day) More

21 May 2014

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Cycling is a great sport, hands down. Even when you break one.

Up in the Appalachian Mountains, we love cycling. I ride with High Country Development, a group of cyclists all under the age of 25 who are full-time college students. More

19 May 2014

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A Different Kind of Bodywork: How OrthoCarolina Works with NASCAR Teams

By the time “Drivers, start your engines!” roars above the din of an excited NASCAR crowd, the OrthoCarolina Motorsports team has been at work for many hours. More

16 May 2014

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Spine Center’s Dr. Milam Performs Two-Level Cervical Disc Replacement

OrthoCarolina spine surgeon Alden Milam has performed a two-level cervical disc replacement procedure utilizing a novel medical device recently approved by the FDA. The procedure was the first FDA approved two-level disc replacement in the state of North Carolina. More

15 May 2014

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Mallard Creek Surgery Center Opens at OrthoCarolina University Location

Mallard Creek Surgery Center is now open at OrthoCarolina’s University location, offering outpatient procedures and orthopedic surgical services for patients of all ages. More

13 May 2014

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2nd Annual Charlottepreps.TV Kickoff Night, presented by OrthoCarolina

New to this year’s exciting event, three games will take place over the course of two days for a full weekend of Charlotte Prep action! Visit URL

9 May 2014

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A Need for Speed: How a NASCAR Pit Crew Deals with Injury Risk

OrthoCarolina’s motorsports team takes care of crew and drivers during the long NASCAR season. The care they provide runs the spectrum from injury diagnosis, care, pre- and post-op treatment, to physical therapy and more. More

8 May 2014

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LNSC Teams Up with OrthoCarolina for Executive Sponsorship!

Lake Norman Soccer Club is proud to announce our new partnership with OrthoCarolina. For years, OrthoCarolina has provided the Southeast region with comprehensive musculoskeletal care including operative and non-operative care. Visit URL

7 May 2014

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The construction dust has cleared! OrthoCarolina Matthews.

If you've been to OrthoCarolina Matthews recently, you might have noticed some changes... More

6 May 2014

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Diane Had Knee Surgery. And Then Ran the Boston Marathon in 3:39.

At 49, Diane Lancaster’s health resume is already impressive. She’s a runner, fitness instructor, triathlete, former collegiate athlete and registered dietician. She had run 5 Boston Marathons and was preparing for her sixth in 2014. More

5 May 2014

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Gaston United Soccer Club and OrthoCarolina forge 3-year partnership

GUSC is delighted to announce a 3-year sponsorship agreement with OrthoCarolina, one of the nation’s leading independent academic orthopedics practices serving North Carolina and the Southeast. Visit URL

3 May 2014

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12 Ways to Strengthen Your Core

Your core muscles are muscles that you can’t ‘see’, as opposed to muscles that are visible in shape beneath your skin. More

2 May 2014
These exercises are easy enough for me (a beginner). I'll try them.
- Jane Chronister

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NASCAR's Mike Lingerfelt Gives a Shoutout to OrthoCarolina Motorsports Team on Fox Sports

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1 May 2014

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Shifting Gears for Spring: May is National Bike Month

Riding a bike is not only a healthy form of exercise, but it challenges your cardiovascular fitness, increases bone density and builds muscle. For many, indoor cycling is a convenient, safe way to begin to train to ride outside, to build up endurance, or to fit in a fun workout in a shorter amount of time. More

29 Apr 2014

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Occupational Therapy: A Tribute to a Special Patient

Throughout my 20+ year career as an occupational therapist and certified hand therapist, I have found the most rewarding part of my job to be the collaborative process with my patients. More

28 Apr 2014
very well written Stacy. John's life was all about determination . He taught our 2 sons there was nothing they couldn't do if they tried hard enough and he was living proof of that. I am and always have been very proud that I was the one he chose to share his life with. John is an amazing husband, Dad and Pappy. Thank you again Stacy
- marlene

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Arthritis and Occupational Therapy

Arthritis affects about 1.5 million Americans, including rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disorder that causes your body’s own immune system to mistakenly attack its own joints. More

17 Apr 2014

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Spring into Baseball: Tips for a Successful Season

After a long and brutal winter, spring has finally sprung in the Carolinas. For many of us, that means one thing – BASEBALL! More

9 Apr 2014

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How Do Orthopedic Surgeons Contribute to College Athletics?

If you know OrthoCarolina, you know that we’re passionate about sports, including our local and regional college teams... More

7 Apr 2014

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Small kids, big injuries

Read more on what Dr. Christian Clark with OrthoCarolina Pediatrics told the Charlotte Observer about overuse injury risks in children: More

4 Apr 2014

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NoDa Run Club: How running and beer bring a community together

After thousands of miles and countless beers, NoDa Brewing Run Club has converted marathon runners into IPA fiends and craft beer snobs into PR machines. More

3 Apr 2014

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Connect with experts!

Miss today's Macaroni Kid Facebook with Dr. Christian Clark? Well here is the entire conversation... Download

2 Apr 2014

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Orthocarolina explains female soccer Injuries and causes in kids & older athletes

Help keep your kids and teens on the field and out of the doctor’s office with this insight on female soccer injuries from former professional soccer player and PA-C Andy Hylton of OrthoCarolina. Visit URL

1 Apr 2014

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Happy National Athletic Training Month – Meet Evan Kureczka

March is National Athletic Training Month. Athletic trainers are health professionals who collaborate with other medical providers on injury prevention, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. More

31 Mar 2014

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Behind the Scenes: Athletic Training at the College Level

At Belmont Abbey, we strive to educate our students in three areas: body, mind, and spirit. In athletics, we focus a little more on the body area and work to keep our athletes in optimal physical condition both to prevent injury and to compete at a high level. More

28 Mar 2014

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A bout with a devastating injury: How a Charlotte Roller Girl got back on her feet

It was just a standard practice for Lorissa Shepstone and the Charlotte Roller Girls last September... More

27 Mar 2014

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19 Running Injury-Prevention Tips from OrthoCarolina Experts

19 Running Injury-Prevention Tips from OrthoCarolina Experts More

25 Mar 2014

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The Hip, Getting Older and Running

Many active Americans worry about the impact of exercise on their hips. Chris Dollar, PT, DPT, talks about the hip and how it ages with you. More

24 Mar 2014
Chris, I was amazed to see your name on this! Good piece of work and great points to keep in mind. I'm doing well, thankfully, with both shoulders full ROM! Yea, and thanks to you!!! I'm still working Thursdays at Mitey Riders getting my mental therapy with the horses. If you have it free, come out Sat., May 3 to watch some of our kids ride. It's the Spring Festival with lots of food and fun 9-2. I'll be working barn, but I can get some time free with pre-planning. Mom is doing as good as can be expected - she's just aging faster than I would like, but, my goodness - she's 84 and can be slow and a bit confused if she wants to...LOL Virginia is wonderful with her "new knee". She had the ACL/PCL surgery about 2 years ago and has recovered well. She's riding balanced now and her knee is stable. She has work that should be done on the right but she's holding off on that. She is running a boarding facility and teaches riding - is happy and in a new relationship which is much more to everyone's liking. So it goes. I hope you are doing well and enjoying your new challenges. I have a friend in PT for rotator cuff/bicep repair. I keep telling her she needs to come see you in stead of the Ballantyne location. Take care and Happy Easter!
- Martha Branden - mandm4@gmail.com

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Run4Papa - Running Against Dementia

A journey creating awareness and raising funds for dementia research by running marathons all over the world. More

19 Mar 2014

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What are Shin Splints?

“Shin splints” is a broad term used to describe pain that occurs in the front of the lower leg (shin). More

18 Mar 2014

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Happy National Athletic Training Month

March is National Athletic Training Month. Athletic trainers are health professionals who collaborate with other medical providers on injury prevention, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. More

17 Mar 2014
ATCs are a necessity for all school athletics. Glad to see that our schools have such competent medical coverage. Thanks OrthoCarolina.
- Amy M

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OrthoCarolina Running Tips: Increasing Your Running Mileage Safely

When runners begin increasing their mileage, it is important to do so in a calculated manner to avoid overuse injuries. More

16 Mar 2014

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New Joints for Senior Patients

When patients have painful joints such as hips or knees that continue to bother them despite non-surgical therapy, joint replacements can help tremendously – even among the elderly population. More

11 Mar 2014
I am a dancer, and have been dancing professionally for the past 17 years. I have knee problems a lot, and I worry that I will have to have a joint replacement surgery eventually. I am glad that this option is available to me if I ever need it. www.sh-hs.org
- Annie

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THE TOP 22 NORTH AMERICAN KNEE SURGEONS - Dr. Springer

Dr. Bryan Springer recognized for excellence Visit URL

3 Mar 2014

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I'm New to Running. Where Do I Begin?

Whatever the reason, you've decided to take up running. Maybe you’d like to lose weight, or you’re working on strengthening your body to help with rehabilitation after an injury or a surgery... More

28 Feb 2014

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Aaron's Crossfit Corner

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26 Feb 2014
Thanks Jenny! I get this question a whole bunch. My answer: “It depends.” Let’s first start by discussing the rationale. There are 2 main ideas on why one should avoid deep squatting. First, there is a cadaveric study from the 1960’s that suggests that deep squatting leads to increased laxity of the knee ligaments (primarily the cruciate ligaments). It was a cadaveric (ie dead person) study and has later on been shown thru numerous other studies not to be the case. But in the 60’s, the American Medical Association jumped all over this study and made a blanket recommendation to avoid deep squatting. This gained traction and perpetuated the myth. The second argument against the deep squat is that the deeper you go in to your squat position there is a linear rise in the amount of pressure in the patellofemoral joint (where your kneecap sits in relation to the femur). This is a good study and the evidence here is solid. But, like every study I read, correlation does not equal causation. If you have a condition known as “patellofemoral pain”, “chondromalacia”, or “lateral patellar compression syndrome” than you fall in to this category. I usually recommend against deep squats to these people. Without knowing your exact knee problem and without examining you I would say this: If you are dealing with anterior (front/patella) knee pain, early articular cartilage disease, or have a history of ligament damage/reconstruction deep squatting probably isn’t the best option and you should use caution. I would tell my family member to avoid it. But to date, there has been minimal literature that makes me believe that deep squatting using correct form (weight on heels, upright chest, bar over heels) in a healthy, well aligned knee is problematic. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11194098 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11949662
- OrthoCarolina
Hey Aaron! Sorry my comment is somewhat unrelated to this article, BUT, I met with a dr. today (yes at Orthocarolina) and he mentioned that no one should ever be squatting below parallel. As you know in Crossfit, we are required to squat just below parallel so I told him I was going to pose the question to you...do you think it is ok to squat below parallel?
- Jenny
Great article!
- Nate

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OrthoCarolina in the Fast Lane

This year’s winners (Matt Kenseth, Duel #1, and Denny Hamlin, Duel #2), are both with our partner Joe Gibbs Racing. More

25 Feb 2014

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Welcome to Dr. Brian Curtin

Dr. Curtin joins our Hip and Knee Center. Visit URL

21 Feb 2014

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Dr. Bruce Darden, the newly-elected president of the Cervical Spine Research Society

This multidisciplinary organization provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and promotes clinical and basic science research of the cervical spine. The Cervical Spine Research Society is the recognized authority on diseases of the cervical spine. More

20 Feb 2014
Congratulations Dr. Darden! I'm very honored to have been one of your surgery patients!!
- Leza Wallace

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High-Intensity Exercise Part II: Some common injuries

High-intensity interval training is typically done at around 80-95% of your maximal aerobic capacity. It’s important to start slow and progress bit by bit when participating in HIIT training or any type of intense exercise. Visit URL

19 Feb 2014

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Watch What You Drink: How Healthy are Sports Drinks?

Whether you’re an athlete or not, are these drinks really a smart choice for our bodies? More

18 Feb 2014

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Aquatic Therapy at OrthoCarolina

Exercise in a warm water pool to reduce joint pain and improve muscle strength and flexibility. Visit URL

17 Feb 2014

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Aquatic therapy offers positive alternative for rehab patients

Professional athletes have recognized the benefits of aquatic therapy for years, but now it's becoming more available to regular physical therapy patients of all ages. Visit URL

16 Feb 2014

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OrthoCarolina & Steve Smith Partner to Open D1 Charlotte

D1 Sports Holdings, LLC has announced a partnership with OrthoCarolina, Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith, and two other NFL athletes to open a D1 Sports Training facility in the Charlotte suburb of Matthews in the spring of 2014. Download

13 Feb 2014

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Best snow in a decade means one thing: Sledding!

Sledding is part of the pure joy of an unexpected snowfall and a way to get some exercise during winter weather... More

12 Feb 2014

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New treatments for Dupytren’s contracture

One in ten Americans will have Dupytren’s contracture, so many of us will have a friend or family member affected by it. More

10 Feb 2014
Hi Kevin, we'd suggest you come in and have one our MDs evaluate you to better determine a proper next step. For convenience, here is the number to our Hand Center: 704.323.2426
- OrthoCarolina
I have Dupytren's in both hands - but I don't have any drawing of the fingers yet. Is it recommended to do treatment now or wait until impairment occurs?
- Kevin
Thanks for the question Trisha, please send us a note via our Contact Us page so we can reply with some answers for you. Thanks! http://orthocarolina.com/contact-us
- OrthoCarolina
Does it work in the feet too? Lederhose I believe it is called?
- Trisha

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National Girls and Women in Sports Day is February 5, 2014.

This week we are profiling some of our female staff and community partners who make sports and health an important part of their lives. More

6 Feb 2014
I'm so proud of you Constance. I remember when you were a young child and now look at the beautiful and inspiring young lady you've grown up to be. Keep up the good work and continue to hold your head up high.
- Shirley Ann Collier

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National Girls and Women in Sports Day is February 5, 2014.

This week we are profiling some of our female staff and community partners who make sports and health an important part of their lives. More

5 Feb 2014
Way to go, Abby. Proud of you. Love you.
- JoAnn Veith

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National Girls and Women in Sports Day is February 5, 2014.

This week we are profiling some of our female staff and community partners who make sports and health an important part of their lives. More

4 Feb 2014
Hi, Katie. I work with Jared. He directed me to your Ortho Carolina posting and after I read it I happened to mention my wife, Nancy, had two knee replacements done by Dr. Griffin. She has scar tissue issues in one of her knees and cannot, for example, get out of a chair unless the chair has arms and she can get some pushing leverage. Nancy is a doctor's daughter so a mere mortal like me cannot tell her anything. I would like your opinion on whether exercise/pilates, etc. can loosen her up. Have you run across a similar situation with a patient? Nancy is 64. Thanks, Katie. Jere Baxter
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National Girls and Women in Sports Day is February 5, 2014.

This week we are profiling some of our female staff and community partners who make sports and health an important part of their lives. More

3 Feb 2014

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How cold weather affects your muscles

Did you know that such frigid temperatures can actually affect your muscles and how they work? More

31 Jan 2014

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One goal after another

Former pro soccer player now works as a physician’s assistant Visit URL

29 Jan 2014

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Does muscle or fat make your bones stronger?

You might be surprised to know ... More

27 Jan 2014

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High-Intensity Exercise Part I: When it comes to exercise, can less actually be more?

You've likely heard of high-intensity interval training (HIIT), a type of workout that isn't totally new, but is increasingly popular and can be confusing because there are so many types. Visit URL

24 Jan 2014

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Baby Boomers and Orthopedics – a joint venture

There’s no denying that Baby Boomers are more active – more so even than their parents and grandparents before them. They’re getting in shape, dabbling in new kinds of exercise, and staying in careers longer. More

22 Jan 2014

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Aaron’s CrossFit Corner

So what exactly is CrossFit? I hear that quite a lot... More

21 Jan 2014
Thanks for the article! I'm a PA student with an interest in orthopedics who just joined CrossFit a week ago with a story similar to yours. It's important for us to practice what we preach, whether that involves CrossFit or any other physical activity.
- Jana

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P.A.s increase patient access to high-quality care

P.A.s (Physician Assistants) are trained alongside physicians and have a vast knowledge of medicine, many choosing specialty practices. More

16 Jan 2014

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Maintaining Soccer Fitness in the Off-season

If you have a youth or high school soccer player in your family, chances are they’re anxiously awaiting the conclusion of the off-season and looking forward to the arrival of warmer weather to get back out on the pitch. More

13 Jan 2014

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Stretching - Too Much of a Good Thing?

Stretching does have some benefits in cases of a true flexibility deficit, but there are other ways to improve mobility and performance. More

12 Jan 2014

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My Perspective: How OrthoCarolina Orthopedic Urgent Care Clinics take care of you on your schedule

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6 Jan 2014
Great article plus I was happy to see the pictures of all involved! It is great for Charlotte and surrounding area. Much success to all! we are counting on you!
- Rita Ahlers

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WCNC - Star athletes visit Charlotte to see prominent foot doctor

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