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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. 

    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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    5 Neck and Shoulder Stretches To help reduce soreness

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

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    Blogs & News / Physical Therapy / Shoulder / Spine / Sports Medicine / 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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    Orthopedic Library / Shoulder / Sports Medicine

    Stretches to Prevent Hamstring Injuries

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

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    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 & News / Blogs & News / 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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    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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    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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    OC on the Sidelines – How one Physician Assistant Keeps High School Athletes in the Game

    If you’ve been to a local high school sports event, you may have seen OrthoCarolina staff on the sidelines. We learn from one PA how they keep athletes safe during competition.

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

    Running Cadence Counts

    One of the joys of running is the ability to throw on your running shoes, hit the road and let your mind relax.

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    Cortisone Injections for Runners: Yea or Nay?

    Cortisone is a corticosteroid anti-inflammatory delivered through an injection that goes directly to the site of inflammation in your body.

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    What is patellofemoral pain syndrome?

    Patellofemoral pain syndrome is pain in the front of the knee. It frequently occurs in teenagers, manual laborers, and athletes.

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    What is a stress fracture?

    Stress fractures are common injuries for runners with pain starting as they begin to run and progressively becoming more painful and localized.

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    From Two ACL Tears to West Point - Patient Caroline Horne

    Two ACL tears in less than a year would be difficult to come back from for most. But with hard work and a positive attitude, Charlottean Caroline Horne didn't just recover from her two ACL tears - she thrived. Learn more about how Caroline went from double injury to successful West Point student with the help of OrthoCarolina's medical team.

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    Blogs & News / Blogs & News / Orthopedic Library / Knee / Sports Medicine

    NASCAR's Aric Almirola: Injury Felt Like Twisting Knife In Back

    Aric Almirola knew immediately following his horrendous crash at Kansas Speedway that he had a spinal injury, but the NASCAR driver said Friday he didn’t realize the severity of his broken back until he talked with doctors and learned he would be sidelined for eight to twelve weeks.

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    Athlete Learns a Focus on Self-Care and Mindfulness Pave the Road to Recovery

    Training for a marathon, Erin Lingle was used to pushing through the pain, but a hip surgery re-centered her focus.

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

    Injuries in Youth Baseball: An Orthopedic Surgeon’s Recommendations

    When your child falls in love with a sport, it can be difficult to step up to the plate and interfere. But sometimes as a parent, you have to play hardball.

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    What is the area that most athletes have issues with and how can they strengthen it?

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    A Doctor’s Guide to Preventing ACL Injuries

    As doctors, a high percentage of the patients we care for with anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) issues sustain their injuries from movements that occur when the body abruptly decelerates or changes direction

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    Orthopedic Library / Orthopedic Library / Knee / Sports Medicine

    How Ultrasound-Guided Injections Can Help Treat Pain

    Cortisone injections can provide much needed relief for ongoing and chronic pain. Ultrasound machines have helped us improve this accuracy by allowing us to guide the injection needle to a more exact location under direct visualization.

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    Sports Medicine at OrthoCarolina

    World-Class Sports Medicine care at OrthoCarolina

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    ​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.

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    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.

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    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.

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