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Individuals who have amputations address a variety of daily challenges that can significantly affect their lives, including general health and wellness, mobility, independence and more.

January 18, 2018

What is the best mattress for someone with low back pain?

What is the best mattress for someone with low back pain?

January 17, 2018

​How to Know If You Might Have a Rotator Cuff Issue

Rotator cuff issues are a common culprit of shoulder pain. Four muscles make up the rotator cuff and keep the head of the upper arm bone in its socket, enabling it to work. Those muscles turn into tendons that attach near the head, which is the ball of your shoulder, a ball-and-socket joint.

January 15, 2018

A Physician Talks PRP: Using Your Body’s Own Platelets to Heal Injury

Chronic pain can keep your body hurting for weeks, months, or even years at a time, impacting your day-to-day life and even your work and time with family. It can be a result of an injury, other health issue, or there may be no apparent reason for the pain. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is one of the newest ways to treat pain. PRP uses a highly concentrated solution of your body’s own platelets to accelerate the natural healing of damaged tissue.

January 11, 2018

Ask the Physical Therapist

Q: I am interested in starting a strength training program but don't know where to start. Do you have any advice on how to start lifting weights while reducing the risk of injury?

January 10, 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

Back on Your Feet: Sciatic Pain Relief

The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the human body, so it’s not surprising that when it flares up, it feels intense.

December 17, 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

One of the Most Common Knee Injuries: The ABCs of the ACL

The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is a vital stabilizing structure within the knee. The ACL helps to control rotation and translation with a knee that is abruptly changing direction or speed. As a result, it is commonly injured in athletes who participate in sports with cutting, pivoting, jumping, and quick running.

September 26, 2017

OrthoCarolina Doctors Pioneer New Amputee Surgical Technique

OrthoCarolina hand surgeons Glenn Gaston, M.D., and Bryan Loeffler, M.D., pioneer a targeted muscle reinnervation surgical procedure to help amputee patients like shark attack victim Tiffany Johnson.

September 22, 2017

Doctors Miraculously Give A Shark Attack Victim A New Arm

In this web extra, meet the doctors who are giving her a prosthetic arm so she can return to life and her routines.

September 19, 2017

Leading research group welcomes OrthoCarolina Cartilage Restoration Physician

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

Bursitis: What Roofers, Plumbers, and Football Players Need to Know

For centuries, people with physically demanding occupations have been known to be prone to developing large, swollen knees and elbows, especially after a serious bump or bruise. Originally dubbed “miner’s elbow” and “handmaid’s knee”, these conditions are now known to be varieties of bursitis, the inflammation of a bursa, a fluid-filled sac that limits friction between the skin and a joint such as the knee or elbow.

August 01, 2017

Gaston and Loeffler honored by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) for their research

Dr. Glenn Gaston and Dr. Bryan Loeffler were recently honored by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) for their research on advancements in upper extremity amputee care at the 2017 AAOS Meeting in San Diego, CA.
July 31, 2017

Doctors Save Shark Bite Victim

Good Day Charlotte's Jason Harper and Page Fehling talk with Dr. Gaston and Dr. Loeffler about saving the life of a local shark bite victim.
June 29, 2017

North Carolina Mom of 3 Who Fought Off Shark While on Vacation Speaks Out: ‘I Remember Pulling My Arm Out of His Mouth’

Tiffany Johnson remembers every second of the shark attack that took most of her right arm.
June 24, 2017

Adjusting To Life After Shark Attack

Friday will mark three weeks since Tiffany Johnson lost her arm in a terrifying shark attack in the Bahamas.
June 22, 2017

Tiffany Johnson, Dr. Bryan Loeffler and WBT 1110am discussing her positive future

Dr. Bryan Loeffler from OrthoCarolina discussing the revolutionary outcome and amazing future for Tiffany Johnson via her targeted muscle reinnervation surgery.

June 20, 2017

Game Changers

Allow us to introduce you to some of the most clever visionaries around town.
June 19, 2017

Mom bitten by shark getting high-tech prosthetic arm

"There's a new surgery, and it's call targeted muscle reinnervation," said Dr. Glenn Gaston of OrthoCarolina.
June 16, 2017

Targeted Muscle Reinnervation Patient

Targeted muscle re-innervation (TMR) is a surgical procedure which involves transferring amputated nerves to activate the remaining muscles in the limb. This has been shown to be an effective way to cure or prevent neuroma pain (sometimes called "phantom" pain). The surgery also allows enhanced control of myoelectric (sometimes called "bionic") prostheses to perform new functions since there are more muscle signals available in the residual limb. For upper extremity amputees, this can mean far greater control of the elbow, wrist, and hand when using a myoelectric prosthesis.

June 10, 2017

Targeted Muscle Reinnervation Patient (Video 2)

Targeted muscle re-innervation (TMR) is a surgical procedure which involves transferring amputated nerves to activate the remaining muscles in the limb.

June 09, 2017

What is Targeted Muscle Re-innervation (TMR)?

Targeted muscle re-innervation (TMR) is a surgical procedure which involves transferring amputated nerves to activate the remaining muscles in the limb.
June 09, 2017

Ten Facts to Know About Scoliosis

June is Scoliosis Awareness Month. Scoliosis, an Ancient Greek term for “bending,” affects 2 percent of the population. To learn more about the condition, Dr. Todd Chapman broke down some of the basics that you may not already know.

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June 02, 2017