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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

The next 5 years: Where Dr. Todd Chapman sees the biggest challenges & opportunities for spine surgeons just starting out

Todd Chapman, MD, of Charlotte, N.C.-based OrthoCarolina Spine Center, discusses the philosophies and technologies that will shape his practice for many years to come.

September 24, 2018

10 New Physicians Join OrthoCarolina

OrthoCarolina has hired 10 new physicians to support the increasing needs of its patients and communities

September 19, 2018

OC Family Welcome: Meet Dr. Swaroop Gonchikar

A musculoskeletal and interventional spine specialist, we welcome Dr. Swaroop Gonchikar to the OrthoCarolina team where he'll be seeing patients at the Spine Center.

September 05, 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

How do I treat back pain before seeing a doctor?

Ready to try a few steps at home to relieve your back pain? Here are three steps to take before you give your physician a call.

July 24, 2018

I have back pain – should I go to urgent care?

Some symptoms and situations indicate your back pain should be addressed immediately.

July 24, 2018

What is Sacroiliac Joint Syndrome (SI Joint Syndrome)? 8 Things a Spine Specialist Says You Should Know

Sacroiliac joint syndrome, or SI joint syndrome, is a frequent culprit of low back pain, and may also create pain in the buttock region, groin and lower extremities.

July 02, 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

What is scoliosis?

Wondering what exactly is scoliosis? Dr. Todd Chapman of OrthoCarolina's Spine Center helps us define scoliosis and learn more about its prevalence and treatments.

June 11, 2018

Sleep + Pain

Mattress Advisor set out to understand the complicated relationship between pain, sleep and the healing process. So we called on the expertise of Dr. Kinjal Parikh, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine with OrthoCarolina.

June 01, 2018

Meet the PA: Priya Patel, PA-C

Get to know Priya Patel, a Physician Assistant at the Spine Center.

May 16, 2018

Dr. Todd Chapman discussing his practice

Dr. Todd Chapman discussing his practice

May 04, 2018

Caring for the Caretaker

Liberia is one of the five poorest nations on the planet. Years of civil wars there have left life difficult for many of its citizens, many of whom lost family members and still live in poverty. Several years ago, one of its most beloved Christian ministry leaders Oretha Joe began dealing with an increasing pain in her back that made even standing difficult.

March 27, 2018

OrthoCarolina Spine Center Community Forum

The complete forum event on February 22nd, 2018.

March 12, 2018

OrthoCarolina Spine Center Community Event Recap

Highlights from our community roundtable held at Lenny Boy Brewing on February 22nd, 2018.

March 01, 2018

This mom almost died in a hit-and-run...

Put diplomatically: “Her injuries were very significant,” says Matt Chapman, the OrthoCarolina doctor who performed surgery to repair her spinal injuries three days after the accident.

January 30, 2018

A Quick & Dirty Guide to North Carolina Ice Climbing

Western Carolina’s vertical relief provides plenty of options for any level of climber, including beginner routes off the Blue Ridge Parkway.

January 15, 2018

The Scoop on Sciatica, Plus Exercises That Can Help With Pain

Sciatica, also known as lumbar radiculopathy, is a term that describes pain that radiates down the leg caused by a pinched nerve in the back.

December 20, 2017

6 Top Spots for Winter Camping in and Around Charlotte

Drive 40-minutes southwest of downtown for Charlotte’s one and only peak-bagging challenge, with the best city skyline views in the region.

November 28, 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

5 Top Fall Camping Spots in North Carolina

North Carolina is peppered with wilderness-enveloped campgrounds, from the Great Smokies to the Atlantic shores.

November 03, 2017

Back Pain Fundamentals

We don’t always think about our spine, but good spinal health is important. Back pain can come from many different sources: discs, joints, fractures, or even just the effects of everyday life.

October 26, 2017

With Your Help, We’re Improving Your Outcomes After Surgery

Quality improvement is a big deal to us at OrthoCarolina. In fact, we have a team that works only on care improvement programs and maintaining quality and coordinated care.

June 27, 2017

Conservative Care of Low Back Pain

Generalized low back pain is a huge public health problem, affecting 80 percent of people at some point during their lifetime. Low back pain can affect a person's ability to function at work or within the home and can lead to a lower perceived quality of life.

April 25, 2017

EMG – What to Know

An electrodiagnostic study (EMG/NCS) is a diagnostic assessment of the electrical activity of your nerves and muscles to see how well they function, and is sometimes recommended for patients with neck, back, arm or leg pain.

March 22, 2017

Spine Surgery and the Mazor® Robotics Renaissance Robot: 11 Things to Know

Our surgeons are some of the best in the world, but robotics can actually increase the precision and consistency of what we do in the operating room.

February 28, 2017

ORTHOCAROLINA ROBOTICS SPINE SURGERY TEAM PERFORMS 100TH MAZOR ROBOTICS RENAISSANCE® SURGICAL CASE

This state-of-the-art technology makes complex spine surgery more precise by providing a preoperative computer based planning platform to increase surgical accuracy and safety.

October 24, 2016

New technology and innovation are modernizing the field of Spine Care

Featuring Dr. Eric Laxer from the Spine Center at OrthoCarolina. The topics discussed range from what conditions are seen and what types of patients are seen to how new technology and innovation are modernizing the field. This series is done in conjunction with Beasley Radio and K 104.7 FM.

September 26, 2016

In Loving Memory

Dr. Sarjoo “Sam” Bhagia, a physiatrist with OrthoCarolina's Spine Center, passed away August 10, 2016 after a brief illness. Dr. Bhagia was adored and respected by his teammates, peers, patients and friends, and his easygoing nature and laughter were an innate part of who he was both as a person and a physician.

August 12, 2016

NASCAR Medicine

In the Fast Lane with PA Bill Heisel

July 13, 2015

Who’s Got Your Back?

7 Things You Didn’t Know About Back Health

April 30, 2015

OrthoCarolina Welcomes Alison Warren, DAOM, L.Ac.

Patients now have access to Integrative Medicine Service Line
September 22, 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.

May 15, 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.

February 20, 2014

Patient Al Sprague & Dr. Brigham

Dr. Craig Brigham helps Al Sprague get his life back...

August 22, 2013

Common Spine Conditions

July 23, 2013