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What is a Physiatrist?

Physiatry, or Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R), is a field of medicine that is designed to improve and maximize function lost through injury, illness or disabling conditions. Physiatrists are experts on the bones, muscles and nerves that control how your body is affected by trauma like spinal cord damage, sports injuries, limb amputations, strokes and other musculoskeletal conditions.

January 29, 2019

27 Years at OrthoCarolina: Q&A with Physician Assistant Mike Long

With such a successful career during which he's impacted so many lives, we asked Mike a few questions about being a PA, his fondest memories and the advice he'd give someone who is just starting out.

October 08, 2018

17 OrthoCarolina Physicians Named Charlotte magazine Top Doctor

Each year, Charlotte magazine releases a list of Top Doctors in Charlotte and we're proud to have 17 OrthoCarolina providers represented as the best in the city.

July 03, 2018

The Insider’s Guide to Lake Norman State Park

Some of Lake Norman State Park is home to some of the best mountain biking, trail running, kayaking, hiking, and camping in the region.

June 25, 2018

How to Reduce or Prevent Injury When Starting a Walking Program

The weather is starting to get nice and many people start walking programs. Two injuries that occur often with starting a walking program are Achilles tendonitis and plantar fasciitis. Both injuries typically occur from overuse, but there are some signs to look for that can help you prevent them.

April 09, 2018

Getting Back into Running after Taking Time Off: Athletic Trainers Share Their Secrets

Anytime you’ve been sidelined, it can be daunting to find the motivation to step back into running

March 13, 2018

8 Reasons to Sign Up for a Ramblin’ Rose Triathlon

Ramblin’ Rose Triathlon training lays a foundation for success in any sport.

December 18, 2017

Taking on Tendonitis

Tendons, thick cords that connect your muscles to bones, are more important than you might realize. For people who have had tendonitis (also called tendinitis), inflammation of the tendons causes pain and swelling, sometimes severe, and can make it difficult to do the activities you love.

December 15, 2017

An Insider's Guide to Charlotte's Latta Nature Center and Preserve

The Latta plantation is now a living history site surrounded by a 1,600-acre nature preserve.

November 26, 2017

Top National Park Day Hikes From Charlotte

From the Frasier fir and Norway spruce-clad peaks of the Smokies to the bald cypress and tupelo-covered floodplain of Congaree, surprising biodiversity awaits you in the National Park sites just a day’s drive from Charlotte.

November 16, 2017

4 Fantastic Waterfalls Within a 2-Hour Drive of Charlotte

Staying active in the peak of the Charlotte summer is tough. The humidity on those steamy, Southern days feels like a backpack, weighing you down while you hike or run. Finding the trails that offer some respite is an essential strategy for outdoor enthusiasts here.

September 02, 2017

Running Stress Fractures

Stress fractures typically cause localized pain that you can put your finger on and know exactly where it hurts.

November 18, 2016

The 30-Second Stretching Rule

It’s common to see runners at the start of a race quickly touching their toes or stretching their quads
May 10, 2016

RootsRated features Charlotte-area outdoors expertise

OrthoCarolina has partnered with RootsRated for a new online feature that connects users with the best outdoor experiences in and around Charlotte, hand-picked by local outdoor retailers and their networks of local experts.
October 26, 2015

Three Injuries, Three Months: Sarah’s Story

At age 28, I was in the best shape of my life...

August 21, 2015

NASCAR Medicine

In the Fast Lane with PA Bill Heisel

July 13, 2015

Cheerleading and Injury Risk

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

July 07, 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.
June 17, 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.
May 16, 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.

May 08, 2014

ACL Reconstruction by Scott L. Smith

Surgical procedure for ACL Reconstruction

July 23, 2013