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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. 

    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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    Orthopedic Library / Orthopedic Library / Knee / Sports Medicine

    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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    Orthopedic Library / Orthopedic Library / Knee / Sports Medicine

    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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    News / Orthopedic Library / News / Orthopedic Library / Shoulder / Sports Medicine

    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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    Orthopedic Library / Orthopedic Library / Knee / Sports Medicine

    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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    Orthopedic Library / Orthopedic Library / Knee / Sports Medicine

    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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    Orthopedic Library / Orthopedic Library / Knee / Sports Medicine

    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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    Blogs / Blogs / Foot & Ankle / Sports Medicine / Fitness & Training / Health at Home / Fitness & Training / Health at Home

    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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    Orthopedic Library / Orthopedic Library / Knee / Sports Medicine

    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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    Orthopedic Library / Orthopedic Library / Knee / Sports Medicine

    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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    Blogs / Blogs / Sports Medicine / Fitness & Training / Fitness & Training

    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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    Blogs / Blogs / Physical Therapy / Sports Medicine / Fitness & Training / Get Outside / Fitness & Training / Get Outside

    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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    Blogs / Blogs / Sports Medicine / Fitness & Training / Fitness & Training

    Common Questions in Arm Care for Baseball Athletes

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    Blogs / Blogs / Hand, Wrist & Elbow / Physical Therapy / Shoulder / Sports Medicine / Fitness & Training / Fitness & Training

    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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    News / 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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    Orthopedic Library / Orthopedic Library / Shoulder / Sports Medicine

    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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    Orthopedic Library / Orthopedic Library / Shoulder / Sports Medicine

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

    Meet Angela Shirk, NASCAR Athletic Trainer

    How she stayed on track and made her dream come true

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    News / News / Orthopedic Library / Sports Medicine

    Athletic Trainers – Health Care Providers on the Field and in the Clinic

    OrthoCarolina celebrates the dedicated, talented trainers on our staff as part of National Athletic Training Month, observed each March.

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    News / Orthopedic Library / Sports Medicine / Fitness & Training

    Stretches to Prevent Hamstring Injuries

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

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    Orthopedic Library / Orthopedic Library / Physical & Hand Therapy / General Orthopedics / Sports Medicine

    World Champion Power Lifter Calls Total Hip Replacement a "Miracle" Hitting the Gym Just Weeks After Surgery

    Learn how a power-lifter has built his fitness back up after a total hip replacement. 

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    Blogs / Blogs / Orthopedic Library / Hip / Sports Medicine / Fitness & Training / Fitness & Training

    How Aric Almirola Won at Talladega a Year and a Half after Breaking His Back

    Aric Almirola won the 1000Bulbs.com 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday, October 14, 2018 in the No. 10 Smithfield Ford for Stewart-Haas Racing, marking his second-career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory. For Almirola, it was a sweet taste of success after a nearly-devastating injury in a wreck at Kansas Speedway in 2017 when he suffered a compression fracture to his T5 vertebra.

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    News / News / Orthopedic Library / General Orthopedics / Sports Medicine

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

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

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    Orthopedic Library / Orthopedic Library / Physical & Hand Therapy / Physical Therapy / Sports Medicine

    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.

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    News / News / Orthopedic Library / Sports Medicine

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