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Testimonials and Patient Stories

Testimonials and stories from our patients that have been treated through our outreach programs and the infected joint clinic.

Neuromuscular Control for Athletes

Tips for Athletes from a Physical Therapist to Increase Neuromuscular Control

Stretches to Prevent Hamstring Injuries

Learn how to prevent hamstring injuries with these stretches from a Physical Therapist

Ladder Drills for Athletes

Preparing Athletes to Return to the Field with OrthoCarolina Hickory Physical Therapy

Five Symptoms That Point to Trigger Finger

The result of overuse, trigger finger is a common but extremely painful condition that can cause the catching, locking and popping of the painful finger.

Post-Shoulder Surgery 101

Having surgery is never easy, but being ready at home can help reduce anxiety for the post-op experience and make you more comfortable after shoulder surgery

As Scooter Popularity Increases, Doctor Sees Uptick in Injuries

Foot and ankle specialist performs four surgeries in just two months on patients who have sustained injuries while riding scooters.

Why does removing a cast tickle? + 3 more cast fun facts

After a break, fracture, sprain or dislocation, a cast allows bones to stay in place as they heal. Being injured is never fun, but there are a few fun facts about casts beyond the fact that all your friends can sign them.

Minimally Invasive Treatment Yields Quick Recovery for Dupuytren's Disease

For patients with a contracture of the hand due to Dupuytren's disease, Needle Aponeurotomy offers a minimally invasive treatment and rapid return to normal activities.

Upper Extremity Surgical Amputation Procedures: Targeted Muscle Reinervation and Starfish

Please note, this video includes some graphic scenes associated with the teaching process of orthopedic surgery. Thank you.

What are the benefits of arthroscopic surgery?

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

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.

How does physical therapy treat plantar fascitis?

The pain from plantar fascitis is felt in the heel of the foot and can often feel like walking on a bruise. Physical Therapist Scott Beecher shares information about how therapy can reduce the pain and inflammation attributed to plantar fascitis.

Did You Know? 8 Fun Facts about Physical Therapy

You might know that physical therapy, also called “PT”, can help you recover from injury. But did you know that it can also help you manage specific conditions, restore function, encourage movement, and reduce or eliminate the need for medications and surgeries? 

What You Should Know About Physical Therapy

You may already know that physical therapy primarily helps manage pain, increases mobility and muscle function, and gets your body back to how it was before injury.  Straight from our own physical therapists, here is what you should know about physical therapy.

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

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

Is the bump on my knee bursitis?

Have a knot on your knee or elbow? Dr. John Meade explains bursitis, which is often a result of minor or repetitive trauma.

Muscle Pain? 6 Things to Know About Dry Needling

For many patients, dry needling can reduce pain in just one session. We look at six things to know about this physical therapist delivered treatment that can address many musculoskeletal conditions.

Treating basilar joint (thumb) arthritis

Nonoperative and surgical treatments are available for basilar joint arthritis, the joint at the base of the thumb that allows the thumb to swivel and pivot.

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.

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

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

Treating Sore Muscles with Cold Therapy

Whether it’s a simple cold pack, ice bath or a higher tech application, athletes are always looking for the latest and greatest tool to aid recovery and minimize downtime between intense training sessions.

Current Concepts in Upper-Extremity Amputation

Targeted muscle reinnervation is an evolving technique that improves control of myoelectric prostheses and can prevent or treat symptomatic neuromas.