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​I Chose to Become a Doctor Because...

For many physicians, taking care of others is their life’s work and the ultimate calling. In honor of Doctors’ Day on March 30, we asked our doctors why they chose the medical field.

March 19, 2019

Six Things We Learned About the NFL Combine from the Panthers’ Head Team Physician

The medical knowledge gleaned from the NFL Combine (which itself was started by physicians) will inform the draft. 

February 25, 2019

What are the benefits of arthroscopic surgery?

Less invasive than traditional "open" surgery, arthroscopy can evaluate, diagnose and treat many joint conditions.

November 02, 2018

What are the symptoms of bicep tendinitis?

Bicep tendinitis is the inflammation of the upper bicep tendon and those who experience it often complain of shoulder pain.

November 02, 2018

An Interview with Dr. Pat Connor - the Carolina Panthers Head Team Physician

The commotion and action on the sidelines on any given Carolina Panthers game day can make it difficult to spot Dr. Pat Connor, but he’s there.

August 31, 2018

Medical Breakthroughs at OrthoCarolina

Explore pioneering medical breakthroughs changing our lives and meet the doctors behind them. On the front lines of your health are tales of desperation, determination and human triumph-from a safer way to manage pain after surgery to groundbreaking techniques that make surgery unnecessary.

July 24, 2018

Cortisone Injections for Runners: Yea or Nay?

Cortisone is a corticosteroid anti-inflammatory delivered through an injection that goes directly to the site of inflammation in your body.

July 10, 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

Research Begins To End Opiod Abuse

OrthoCarolina and OrthoCarolina Research Institute is focusing on combining existing drugs and techniques already used for pain reduction to ultimately create 100% opioid-free, and addiction-free, pain management regimens.

March 19, 2018

OrthoCarolina launches study looking to limit opioid use

The first study of its kind is launching this month to look at completely removing opioids as a pain treatment for patients. Instead, doctors will be using other less addictive medicines in the study.

March 19, 2018

A Shot at a Full Comeback: How One Soccer Player Beat the Dreaded ACL Injury

Female athletes have been known to have a higher risk of injuring their anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, while participating in competitive sports. McKaley Boston knows that pain all too well. This is her comeback story.

October 18, 2017

What’s the Latest Treatment for Rotator Cuff Injuries?

Rotator cuff tendon tears affect more than four million people annually in the U.S. and are the most common source of shoulder pain and disability. Dr. Patrick Connor of the OrthoCarolina Sports Medicine Center, team physician to the Carolina Panthers, is pioneering the use of a breakthrough technology designed as a new option for millions of people suffering from rotator cuff tendon tears in the shoulder joint.

August 22, 2017

Orthopedic surgeon leader to know: Dr. James Fleischli of OrthoCarolina

He serves as head team physician for the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and as an orthopedic physician for several NASCAR teams.

January 03, 2017

OrthoCarolina's Aaron Hewitt: Small Steps to Big Life Changes

Approximately eight years ago, Aaron Hewitt, physician assistant manager at OrthoCarolina’s Sports Medicine Center, experienced what he calls his “aha moment.”
September 07, 2016

Group Running Drills: How Can They Help You?

Plus, three drills to try on your own
June 28, 2016

Pre-Run Warm-Up: How to Properly Get Your Body Prepared to Run

Warming up your body properly can increase running performance and reduce the chance of injury.
May 06, 2016

Meet Aaron. OC Loves to Run

Aaron Hewitt, Physician Assistant - Sports Medicine, Cartilage Restoration

February 05, 2016

Ten Things to Know about Being a Physician to an NFL Team

Dr. Patrick Connor, Head Team Physician of the Carolina Panthers, offers his perspective

January 03, 2016

How recovering from an ACL tear is as much mental as it is physical: Warren’s Story

When an athlete gets injured, we tend to focus on the physical aspects: What was hurt, the surgery, and when can the athlete get back on the field or court...

December 24, 2015

What is Shoulder Impingement?

Just above your rotator cuff, you have a fluid-filled sac called a bursa. The job of the bursa is to provide a cushion between tendons and bones. Bursa can become inflamed which can cause pain.

September 21, 2015

Behind the Scenes at Panthers Training Camp

National Football League (NFL) games are exciting, and they can be brutal. No matter how coordinated and logistical the plays, the naturally aggressive nature of the sport leaves athletes means constant risk of injury. The physical nature of the game, pitting prime players in their peak of human performance, will inevitably lead to acute and chronic injury.

August 31, 2015

NASCAR Medicine

In the Fast Lane with PA Bill Heisel

July 13, 2015

CrossFit Injuries: The Big Ones

As a medical provider who sees a lot of CrossFit patients (and is a CrossFitter as well) I’m frequently asked about shoulder and knee injuries.
February 06, 2015

Royal H. Burpee Was a Real Person

And Where Burpees Come From
December 05, 2014

33rd Annual Oscar Miller Day Symposium Shoulder and Elbow: Athletes to Arthritis

Part 1 from the October 2013 Symposium.

November 14, 2014

Females and CrossFit

Strength training is so often ignored by females.
July 15, 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.
June 25, 2014

Functional Movement and CrossFit

Functional movements sound complicated but they’re just natural, compound body movements that use multiple joints in your body.
February 26, 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.
February 19, 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.
January 24, 2014

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

CrossFit seems to be everywhere yet still mystifies so many people.
January 21, 2014

OrthoCarolina Sports Medicine Center

Our Sports Medicine Center of Excellence

November 25, 2013