Conservative Care of Low Back Pain

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.
Obesity and Total Knee Replacements: What to Know About New Research

Obesity and Total Knee Replacements: What to Know About New Research

Obesity is at an all-time high in the United States, affecting approximately 35% of the adult population. A person with a BMI of 30 kg/m2 or more is generally considered obese, according to the World Health Organization. Patients who are undergoing hip and knee replacements are also getting heavier, and we are seeing more morbidly obese patients are getting joint replacements.
EMG – What to Know

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.
How Robotics Are Making Joint Replacements Better Than Ever Before

How Robotics Are Making Joint Replacements Better Than Ever Before

As surgeons, our job is not just to take care of you, but to make sure that we constantly stay on the cusp of technology in our field so that we can offer the latest and most effective options for our patients.
Spine Surgery and the Mazor® Robotics Renaissance Robot: 11 Things to Know

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.
What to Expect After Hip Replacement

What to Expect After Hip Replacement

For many of my hip replacement patients, returning to the lifestyle they had prior to developing hip arthritis and debilitating pain is an exciting part of the healing process.
Treating Sore Muscles with Cold Therapy

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.
Beyond the Exam Room: Physician Research and Presentations

Beyond the Exam Room: Physician Research and Presentations

To get a broader perspective of a physician’s involvement in research, J. Ryan Martin, MD, hip and knee surgeon with OrthoCarolina Matthews, offered an insider’s view of his own research and presentation background.
Orthopedic surgeon leader to know: Dr. James Fleischli of OrthoCarolina

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.
“A Joint Operation”

“A Joint Operation”

Hip and Knee Surgeons, Rheumatologists Collaborate to Improve Patient Outcomes – What to Know.
Study Examines Move to Ceramic Heads in Primary Total Hip Arthroplasty

Study Examines Move to Ceramic Heads in Primary Total Hip Arthroplasty

Dr. Fehring told OTW, “As we move away from using metal-on-metal bearings and face a relatively rare condition called ‘trunnionosis’
VIDEO: Biologics: Proposed guideline addresses perioperative management

VIDEO: Biologics: Proposed guideline addresses perioperative management

“We now have a document that’s based on the available evidence, and also based on expert opinion, to help us manage these patients much more thoroughly in the perioperative period,” Dr. Springer, an orthopedic surgeon in Charlotte, N.C.
Running Stress Fractures

Running Stress Fractures

Stress fractures typically cause localized pain that you can put your finger on and know exactly where it hurts.
Scrape the Pain Away – Graston Technique

Scrape the Pain Away – Graston Technique

Gua sha, a Chinese medicine technique that involves scraping muscle tissue to stimulate blood flow has been used for centuries to promote healing.
Focus on Radiology: Frequently Asked X-Ray Questions

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.
Plantar Fasciitis: Exercises you can do at home

Plantar Fasciitis: Exercises you can do at home

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of foot and heel pain.
Total Hip Replacement Surgery, Anterior Approach: What to Know

Total Hip Replacement Surgery, Anterior Approach: What to Know

Total Hip Replacement, or arthroplasty, more common than you might think -- as of 2014, there were 2.5 million Americans living with an artificial hip. 1
What is IT Band Syndrome?

What is IT Band Syndrome?

Strengthening hip and gluteus medius muscles can reduce your chances of getting IT band injuries.
Kinesiology Tape – Tips for Maximum Benefits

Kinesiology Tape – Tips for Maximum Benefits

Elastic sports tape, often known as kinesiology tape, was first introduced to the US market in the 1990’s, quickly gaining a following among runners, volleyball competitors and football players. These days everyone from weekend warriors to Olympians athletes can be seen taping up.
Dry needling with e-stim: How it Can Help Pain

Dry needling with e-stim: How it Can Help Pain

Myofascial trigger points are areas of your muscle that have inflammation, and if you’ve ever had them, you know they can be a real pain.