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Combining sports knowledge with orthopedic expertise, we have the latest technology, exercise equipment, and expertise to return you to your sport safely and quickly. Conveniently located, the Sports Medicine physician team at OrthoCarolina treats athletes in high school, colleges and universities, and professional sports organizations across the southeast.

Actively seeking the newest research-backed innovation and research, our Sports Medicine physicians often develop pioneering treatments and solutions for athletes of all types. Our team of Sports Medicine doctors also work alongside physical therapists to create rehabilitation plans or with athletic trainers to develop appropriate exercise regimens. 

    Ice vs. Heat: What Should I Use, When?

    Inflammation and pain is the body’s natural reaction to an injury. To ease that pain and help the body heal faster, is it better to use ice or heat?

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    Blogs & News / Orthopedic Library / Foot & Ankle / General Orthopedics / Hand, Wrist & Elbow / Hip / Physical & Hand Therapy / Knee / Shoulder / Spine / Sports Medicine / Fitness & Training

    Orthobiologics with Dr. Saltzman on the OrthoPAcPodcast

    Listen to Dr. Bryan Saltzman from OrthoCarolina break down the medicine and science behind Orthobiologics and Regenerative Medicine. Commonly referred to as 'Stem Cell Therapy', Dr. Saltzman shares his research and evidence-based insights on this popular consumer topic.
    This 3-part series is part of the orthoPAc Podcast, hosted by Sam Dyer, PA-C. learn more at https://paos.org/page/orthoPAcPodcast

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    Making Sense of Orthobiologics: An Explanation

    Watch Dr. Bryan Saltzman give a detailed and educational talk on the current status of orthobiologics and regenerative medicine in Sports Medicine. In partnership with the Physician Assistants in Orthopaedic Surgery.

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    Exploring the Body from the Inside Out: Athletic Injuries

    Our panel of sports medicine specialists look at the causes and treatments of common sports injuries including ACL and meniscus tears, shoulder dislocation, rotator cuff tears and more in this edition of our Orthopedic Anatomy Series: Exploring Your Body from the Inside Out.

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    Preventing ACL Injuries in Youth Sports

    Anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, injuries are extremely common in youth sports. How an athlete lands when coming down from a jump can increase or minimize their risk of this infamous knee injury.

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    Blogs & News / Orthopedic Library / Knee / Pediatrics / Sports Medicine / Fitness & Training

    ACL Injuries 101 – What Is ACL Reconstruction?

    Unfortunately, the ACL cannot heal itself once torn. ACL reconstruction surgery can help patients return to the sports and physical activities they love after a serious injury.

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    ACL Injuries 101 – What Is the ACL and Why Are Injuries So Common?

    Knees are vulnerable to injury, particularly for athletes who regularly jump, pivot, twist and tackle. The ACL is the most common ligament in the knee to suffer injury. 

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    Exploring the Body from the Inside Out: Shoulder

    In the inaugural Orthopedic Anatomy Series event, OrthoCarolina shoulder surgeons and Experience Anatomy educators dive into the anatomy of common shoulder injuries and treatments.

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    Cartilage 101 - Repair Basics Sportology

    A few years back, I injured my knee. The doctor had to take out my cartilage because of a joint injury. I managed to rehab it back a bit, but I injured again a year ago and all I want to do is compete as a runner again. I was a bit disheartened with the news I got at the doctor. But why can't I run like I used to? What can be done.I made this video for everyone out there who has joint pain because of cartilage lose. I wanted to know what could be done and this is my attempt to spread the knowledge.A big thank you to Dr. Fleischli at OrthoCarolina for taking the time to walk me through the basics here. I will say, this is one of THE guys here in town for your cartilage problems. He's doing a bunch of great research on it as well, and it's really interesting stuff.

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    Cartilage 101 – What is Cartilage Restoration?

    Through cartilage restoration procedures, damaged or injured cartilage can be replaced with new, healthy tissue. What is cartilage restoration and how does it work?

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    Cartilage 101 - Basics Sportology

    Do your joints feel a bit tender? Is it your cartilage or some sort of ligament problem? If its cartilage, you better know the basics of this tissue so that you don't injure yourself permanently. We made this video to give you the very basics of your cartilage. I hope it helps extend your life in sport or keep you from having to have a joint replacement down the line.

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    How to Choose the Right Athletic Shoes

    Choosing the right athletic shoe for your foot is key to moving comfortably, efficiently and safely. Get to know your foot type and follow the tips above to choose an athletic shoe that’s right for you.

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    Cartilage 101 – Is My Cartilage Healthy?

    Healthy articular (joint) cartilage cushions our joints and ensures they can bend and straighten fluidly and without pain. What causes cartilage damage and how can you prevent it from happening?

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    Cartilage 101 – What Is Cartilage and What Does It Do?

    We often hear about the importance of cartilage to protect our joints. But what exactly is cartilage, and how does it keep our joints healthy?

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    College Athletics During a Pandemic

    PA Jeffrey Dabkowski explores the unique challenges of managing Davidson College's NCAA Division 1 student-athletes from afar.

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    How to Spice Up Your Running Routine

    Whether you log 2 or 20 miles, changing up your running or jogging routine will keep your workouts effective, interesting and even fun.

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    Behind the Scenes of Caring For Some of the Country’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.

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    Common Questions in Arm Care for Baseball Athletes

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    Orthopedic Anatomy Event Series

    Discussing orthopedic injuries and topics that affect you most. Watch our live stream on Facebook & YouTube (@orthocarolina).

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    Blogs & News / Blogs & News / Foot & Ankle / Hand, Wrist & Elbow / Hip / Knee / Physiatry / Shoulder / Spine / Sports Medicine

    How to Avoid Rotator Cuff Injuries at Work

    Rotator cuff injuries or tears are one of the most commonly encountered shoulder problems seen by orthopedic surgeons.

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    What is Frozen Shoulder?

    Adhesive capsulitis, more commonly known as Frozen Shoulder, is frequently treated in the physical therapy setting due to the pain and loss of upper extremity function that can occur as a result of the development of the pathology.

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    Shoulder Impingement: What It Is and How to Fix It

    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.

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    Orthopedic Library / Orthopedic Library / Shoulder / Sports Medicine

    The Five Stretches You Need for Your Sore Neck and Shoulders

    Finding yourself grabbing your neck and shoulders after a long day at work? Try these physical therapist-approved stretches.

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    Blogs & News / Blogs & News / Physical Therapy / Shoulder / Spine / Sports Medicine / Everyday Ergonomics / Health at Home / Everyday Ergonomics / Health at Home

    What You Probably Don’t Know About Orthobiologics

    Orthobiologics -- which you may hear referred to as biologics, cell-based therapy, regenerative medicine or stem cell therapy -- are derived from substances that naturally exist in the body.

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    Meet Angela Shirk, NASCAR Athletic Trainer

    How she stayed on track and made her dream come true

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