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Behind the Scenes of Caring For Some of the County’s Top College Athletes

PA Jeffrey Dabkowski invites us to learn how he keeps Davidson College’s basketball team healthy at home and on the road.

April 23, 2019

Carolina Panthers Team Physicians Present at Football and Sports Medicine Conference

Over the weekend of March 31 in Nashville, Carolina Panthers team physicians were part of a meeting of the American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine (AOSSM) that focused on football and sports medicine at all levels from youth to the National Football League (NFL).

April 03, 2019

Running Race Etiquette

Occasionally poor runner’s etiquette can get in the way of having a good race day experience. Here are a few helpful tips whether you’ve never run a race before or are a seasoned competitor. 

April 02, 2019

Almost to Failure: How a Power Lifter Overcame Devastating Injury to Compete Again

Jennifer Thompson has been a power lifter since 1999. She’s 45 now, but notes what most people don’t know about a sport that can sometimes seem mysterious is that humans actually have the capacity to continue to gain muscle and strength well into their 50s.

March 30, 2019

The 30-Second Stretching Rule

It’s common to see runners and other athletes prepare for training by quickly touching their toes or stretching their quads. But how long should you really be holding a stretch?

March 25, 2019

​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

Physicals for College Athletes: A Q&A with Physical Therapist Matt Erbe

OrthoCarolina, helping to keep your favorite team on the field. 

September 28, 2018

Team OrthoCarolina - 2018 Catalyst Award Winners

OrthoCarolina's Catalyst Awards honor teammates who embody our mission to Make Lives Better. Meet our 2018 global award winners.

September 26, 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

Meet the PA: Jeff Dabkowski, PA-C

Meet the PA: Jeff Dabkowski, PA-C at the OrthoCarolina Sports Medicine Center

August 17, 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

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 a stress fracture?

Stress fractures are common injuries for runners with pain starting as they begin to run and progressively becoming more painful and localized.

June 21, 2018

From Two ACL Tears to West Point - Patient Caroline Horne

Two ACL tears in less than a year would be difficult to come back from for most. But with hard work and a positive attitude, Charlottean Caroline Horne didn't just recover from her two ACL tears - she thrived. Learn more about how Caroline went from double injury to successful West Point student with the help of OrthoCarolina's medical team.

June 11, 2018

Athlete Learns a Focus on Self-Care and Mindfulness Pave the Road to Recovery

Training for a marathon, Erin Lingle was used to pushing through the pain, but a hip surgery re-centered her focus.

May 08, 2018


OrthoCarolina physicians have been selected through work completed at the OrthoCarolina Research Institute (OCRI) to share research results in ten different podium presentations at the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) Annual Meeting.

March 04, 2018

Meet the PA: Margaret Lynch, PA-C

Meet Margaret Lynch, PA-C, OrthoCarolina Sports Medicine.

January 09, 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

Leading research group welcomes OrthoCarolina Cartilage Restoration Physician

Dr. James Fleischli joins a national group of researching physicians.
September 05, 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

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

FOOTBALL! FOOTBALL! FOOTBALL! What to Know About Injury Prevention at the High School & College Level

Is it ever too early to start talking about football? No way!
June 30, 2017

What a Physician Assistant Tells His Patients about Weight Loss

Every day I have to have difficult conversations with patients.
March 08, 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

The 12 Days of Yoga Holiday Workout

Our orthopedic experts are fans of incorporating yoga postures to strengthen and stretch tight muscle groups.
December 20, 2016

Recovering from the Marathon Blues

If you’re feeling lost post-race, here is some advice to manage the weeks ahead.
December 05, 2016

Focus on Radiology: Frequently Asked X-Ray Questions

X-rays are a type of imaging technique that we use to diagnose injuries or issues in the bones so that your doctor can plan a course of treatment.

November 10, 2016

Marathon Prep Tips

With each marathon, I’ve learned tips to help me be as prepared as possible to run. Here are my top learnings.

November 08, 2016

OrthoCarolina Coaches Symposium

CMS Athletic Directors and coaches gathered for the OrthoCarolina 2nd Annual Coaches Symposium at The NASCAR Hall of Fame in uptown Charlotte on Monday, October 31st.

November 05, 2016

Building on Your Workout Routine: Top Tips for Strength Training

From bodybuilding to CrossFit, from barre workouts to bodyweight workouts, from free weights to machines, the options for weight lifting and strength training are almost denser than muscle mass itself.

November 03, 2016

Pushing Limits: lululemon® Adventure

But to make progress you must keep moving, excuses don’t help you reach goals. I took this mentality with me as I boarded the plane. I was going to have to push my body mentally and physically to get through the next three days.
October 28, 2016

Rest to Run Better

Here are a few guidelines to ensure your body is getting the rest it needs.
October 11, 2016

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

Trail Running Tips

I traded in street pavement for a run at the U.S. National Whitewater Center last week.
August 26, 2016

The Cartilage Restoration Institute

Every day people injure the cartilage in their knees, shoulders and other joints. Regardless of the cause, the result is the same: tremendous pain that makes it difficult to enjoy your daily life.
August 19, 2016

Cartilage Restoration at OrthoCarolina

Every day people injure the cartilage in their knees, shoulders and other joints.
August 18, 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

Take Your Run on Vacation

The runner’s wave is a universal welcoming language.
April 12, 2016

Football player beats the odds to get back to his team

Multiple injuries, including ligament tears and foot drop, leave Alec Parsons on the sidelines

March 18, 2016

4 things to do before you lace up this running season

If you’re like me, you’ve noticed temperatures rising and hours of daylight getting longer. That means running season is in stride and fun races are just around the corner.
March 02, 2016

Meet Aaron. OC Loves to Run

Aaron Hewitt, Physician Assistant - Sports Medicine, Cartilage Restoration

February 05, 2016

Train Like an NFL Player to Improve your Run

Before working at OrthoCarolina, I was an athletic trainer for the Minnesota Vikings.
February 03, 2016

Do You Know Tabata?

You can do anything for 20 seconds, right? No sweat. But, have you met Tabata?
January 13, 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

Running reflections as I turn 40

I turn 40 today. Last weekend, I ran a marathon trying to break four hours...
December 18, 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


Video series aims to help public better understand the real science of sports and sports medicine
March 10, 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

13 Significant Carolina Panthers Injuries

When it comes to the NFL, injury prevention and care are paramount for coaches, players and teams. From pre-season to the Super Bowl; from serious and downright gruesome, football injuries can profoundly impact a team’s season

November 12, 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

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.
May 05, 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

Cartilage Restoration

March 18, 2013