News and EventsHere you'll find the latest news, featured stories and media links all from OrthoCarolina.
What We’re Doing in Physical Therapy -- Y Balance Test
As those of us in the therapy world look to get more objective and evidence-based, incorporating new tools can certainly make our jobs easier. More20 Oct 2014
Why I Chose Physical Therapy as My Career
A Former PT Patient Becomes a PT Herself More17 Oct 2014
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 More16 Oct 2014
University Office & Mallard Creek Surgery Center Road Closing/s
As the project to replace the bridges on North Tryon Street spanning Mallard Creek Church Road and the greenway progresses, traffic periodically will be re-routed More15 Oct 2014
Common Foot Conditions Treated with Orthotics
OrthoCarolina providers can refer patients to Performance Orthotics More18 Sep 2014
Workers' Compensation Tool Box
Information and forms for Case Managers More13 Aug 2013
Pathfinder ACL Graft Positioning System
Dr. Dana Piasecki, from the OrthoCarolina Sports Medicine Center, demonstrates the new Pathfinder ACL Graft Positioning System.
30 Things You Didn’t Know About Physician Assistants (PAs)
National PA Week is held every year from Oct. 6–12 More8 Oct 2014
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. More7 Oct 2014
Why We Need Physician Assistants
National PA Week More6 Oct 2014
National Physical Therapy Month: Meet John Colville
October is National Physical Therapy Month More2 Oct 2014
Our PTs: They’ve Got Your Back…and Your Legs…and More…
October is National Physical Therapy Month More1 Oct 2014
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 URL30 Sep 2014
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. More29 Sep 2014
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 URL28 Sep 2014
Meet Angela Sneed, NASCAR Athletic Trainer
How she stayed on track and made her dream come true More25 Sep 2014
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
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). More19 Sep 2014
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... More15 Sep 2014
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. More11 Sep 2014
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. More10 Sep 2014
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 URL9 Sep 2014
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. More8 Sep 2014
Welcome to Dr. Parikh, OrthoCarolina Hickory
Dr. Parikh is a fellowship trained Interventional Physiatrist Visit URL7 Sep 2014
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. More2 Sep 2014
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. More27 Aug 2014
What is Arthritis of the Foot?
Arthritis is very common in middle age and we see it often in the foot. More25 Aug 2014
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. More24 Aug 2014
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. More22 Aug 2014
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. More20 Aug 2014
How Orthotics Can Help Your Feet
Faulty alignment in your feet can create havoc and pain in the entire body... More19 Aug 2014
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... More18 Aug 2014
Make them go to rehab, or life in the NASCAR pits
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... More7 Aug 2014
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 URL5 Aug 2014
What We’re Doing in Physical Therapy – the McKenzie Method & Self-Treatment for Back Pain
Back pain can sometimes feel unbearable... More1 Aug 2014
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... More31 Jul 2014
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 More23 Jul 2014
The “Real Core”: Yoga and the Psoas
Your core muscles are deep in your back and help stabilize and strengthen your spine. More22 Jul 2014
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 URL17 Jul 2014
Get to Know Your Knee
What’s in a knee, and how does it work? More16 Jul 2014
Females and CrossFit
Strength training is so often ignored by females. More15 Jul 2014
How to Prevent Incision Scarring from Sunburn
Scars are a natural part of the body’s healing process after injury or surgery... More8 Jul 2014
Cheerleading and Injury Risk
The American Medical Association recently declared cheerleading a sport, saying that the rigors and risks led them to the decision. More7 Jul 2014
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. More30 Jun 2014
10 Reasons to Start Paddle Boarding
Standup paddle boarding (SUP) has crested into a major water sports industry over the last decade. More27 Jun 2014
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. More25 Jun 2014
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. More24 Jun 2014
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 More19 Jun 2014
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 URL18 Jun 2014
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 URL17 Jun 2014
Men’s Health Month: Meet Adam Whiting
June is Men’s Health Month More16 Jun 2014
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? More13 Jun 2014
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... More12 Jun 2014
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 More9 Jun 2014
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. More6 Jun 2014
OrthoCarolina Motorsports Program keeps NASCAR teams on top in performance
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 URL2 Jun 2014
Ballantyne Smokies Step Up to the Plate
Season Opener Takes Place June 2 More1 Jun 2014
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. More30 May 2014
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. More27 May 2014
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... More26 May 2014
Muscle Balance for Your Hips
(And why you shouldn’t sit all day) More21 May 2014
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. More19 May 2014
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. More16 May 2014
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. More15 May 2014
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. More13 May 2014
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 URL9 May 2014
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. More8 May 2014
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 URL7 May 2014
The construction dust has cleared! OrthoCarolina Matthews.
If you've been to OrthoCarolina Matthews recently, you might have noticed some changes... More6 May 2014
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. More5 May 2014
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 URL3 May 2014
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. More2 May 2014
NASCAR's Mike Lingerfelt Gives a Shoutout to OrthoCarolina Motorsports Team on Fox Sports
OrthoCarolina Motorsports Visit URL1 May 2014
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. More29 Apr 2014
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. More28 Apr 2014
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. More17 Apr 2014
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! More9 Apr 2014
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... More7 Apr 2014
Small kids, big injuries
Read more on what Dr. Christian Clark with OrthoCarolina Pediatrics told the Charlotte Observer about overuse injury risks in children: More4 Apr 2014
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. More3 Apr 2014
Connect with experts!
Miss today's Macaroni Kid Facebook with Dr. Christian Clark? Well here is the entire conversation... Download2 Apr 2014
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 URL1 Apr 2014
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. More31 Mar 2014
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. More28 Mar 2014
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... More27 Mar 2014
19 Running Injury-Prevention Tips from OrthoCarolina Experts
19 Running Injury-Prevention Tips from OrthoCarolina Experts More25 Mar 2014
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. More24 Mar 2014
Run4Papa - Running Against Dementia
A journey creating awareness and raising funds for dementia research by running marathons all over the world. More19 Mar 2014
What are Shin Splints?
“Shin splints” is a broad term used to describe pain that occurs in the front of the lower leg (shin). More18 Mar 2014
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. More17 Mar 2014
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. More16 Mar 2014
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. More11 Mar 2014
THE TOP 22 NORTH AMERICAN KNEE SURGEONS - Dr. Springer
Dr. Bryan Springer recognized for excellence Visit URL3 Mar 2014
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... More28 Feb 2014
Aaron's Crossfit Corner
Functional Movement More26 Feb 2014
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. More25 Feb 2014
Welcome to Dr. Brian Curtin
Dr. Curtin joins our Hip and Knee Center. Visit URL21 Feb 2014
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. More20 Feb 2014
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 URL19 Feb 2014
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? More18 Feb 2014
Aquatic Therapy at OrthoCarolina
Exercise in a warm water pool to reduce joint pain and improve muscle strength and flexibility. Visit URL17 Feb 2014
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 URL16 Feb 2014
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. Download13 Feb 2014
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... More12 Feb 2014
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. More10 Feb 2014
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. More6 Feb 2014
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. More5 Feb 2014
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. More4 Feb 2014
National Girls and Women in Sports Day is February 5, 2014.
How cold weather affects your muscles
Did you know that such frigid temperatures can actually affect your muscles and how they work? More31 Jan 2014
One goal after another
Former pro soccer player now works as a physician’s assistant Visit URL29 Jan 2014
Does muscle or fat make your bones stronger?
You might be surprised to know ... More27 Jan 2014
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 URL24 Jan 2014
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. More22 Jan 2014
Aaron’s CrossFit Corner
So what exactly is CrossFit? I hear that quite a lot... More21 Jan 2014
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. More16 Jan 2014
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. More13 Jan 2014
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. More12 Jan 2014
CEO Dr. Dan Murrey discussing how we might make healthcare better
OrthoCarolina and Queens University of Charlotte Speaker Series
My Perspective: How OrthoCarolina Orthopedic Urgent Care Clinics take care of you on your schedule
OrthoCarolina Orthopedic Urgent Care More6 Jan 2014
Dr. Glenn Gaston discussing a new Dupuytren's contracture treatment option.