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What is plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis affects nearly 2 million Americans each year, with over 10% of the population suffering from this condition at some point over their lifetime.

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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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What is scoliosis?

Wondering what exactly is scoliosis? Dr. Todd Chapman of OrthoCarolina's Spine Center helps us define scoliosis and learn more about its prevalence and treatments.

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What to Know About Ankle Arthritis

The foot and ankle are critical for human motion and support the body mainly by acting as shock absorbers and enabling you to balance and move. Learn more about arthritis symptoms and treatments for this key piece of your body.

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Sleep + Pain

Mattress Advisor set out to understand the complicated relationship between pain, sleep and the healing process. So we called on the expertise of Dr. Kinjal Parikh, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine with OrthoCarolina.

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High Octane Performance: A Crew Member’s Determination to Stay in the Race

For Robby Maschhaupt, racing isn’t just a job. It’s his life. In fact, it’s the only job he’s ever had. Robby has been in racing for 33 years as a crew member, including Off Road racing, Indy Car, NASCAR and endurance racing. Despite facing numerous injuries, this is how he stayed in the race.

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Step Inside the Operating Room with OrthoCarolina

Dr. Robert Morgan and Scot Rheinecker, PA, perform a partial rotator cuff surgery. This video takes viewers through the entire process and addresses some FAQs about the type of surgery.

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Step inside the Operating Room: OrthoCarolina to Live Stream Partial Rotator Cuff Surgery on Facebook

Dr. Robert “Bobby” Morgan will perform the Regeneten Rotator Cuff Bioinductive Implant surgical procedure, a new technology designed to improve the treatment of rotator cuff disease, live on Facebook.

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What is Myofascial Pain and how do you treat it?

You have likely heard the term “myofascial pain” or “myofascial pain syndrome” being thrown around. Most people are familiar with the prefix “Myo” as it refers to muscles. “Fascia” is a thin sheet or band of connective tissue made primarily of collagen that helps to attach and separate muscles and internal organs. It surrounds and attaches to all structures within the body. Situations can develop where the muscles or fascia become chronically irritated and painful, sometimes including painful knots or trigger points.

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How does a patch repair a rotator cuff tear?

With bovine collagen helping the body use its own natural ability to heal, patients see less pain and half the recovery time as compared to traditional surgery. Plus, find out how you can see this procedure performed LIVE!

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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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What's New in the Field of Joint Health? Charlotte Today Joins Dr. Martin at the Stryker Mobility Unit at the Wells Fargo Championship

Patients today expect and want a more active lifestyle. For those who have arthritis or joint pain and want to quickly get back to a pain-free lifestyle, joint replacements can help. Charlotte Today/NBC Charlotte joined Dr. Ryan Martin, hip and knee surgeon with OrthoCarolina Matthews, at the Stryker Mobility Unity at the Wells Fargo Championship to catch up on treatments for hip and knee pain and the latest in the field of hip and knee care and arthroplasty.

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Losing a Foot to Save a Life

In 2013, Jenn Andrews’ focus was on her first pregnancy and a little self-care, when a pedicure technician felt a small bump on Jenn’s foot. What seemed so trivial that day would become so important later. That bump was a tumor – myxoid sarcoma, a rare and potentially life-threatening form of cancer. Despite an initial attempt at removing the tumor, it eventually came back, and now Jenn faced a daunting choice five years later: She could cure the cancer only by losing her foot.

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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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Dr. Todd Chapman discussing his practice

Dr. Todd Chapman discussing his practice

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Stretches and Positions to Help Decrease Your Low Back Pain Before You See Your Medical Doctor or Physical Therapist

Back pain has been a hot topic in recent years and will affect many people at some point in their lives. These positions may help decrease your symptoms to a manageable level to assist with you getting back to the activities you love.

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A Breakthrough in Medical Care: The Starfish Procedure

What is possible if two dedicated doctors come together with an idea to help people who have lost fingers use “their fingers” again? For Eddie Chapman, it means he can tie his shoes. See the full story from WTVI/PBS. Physicians from the Reconstructive Center for Lost Limbs, OrthoCarolina

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The Insider’s Guide to Knee Replacements from a Surgeon & Physician Assistant Team

When a knee has been damaged from injury or has substantial pain from arthritis, a knee replacement (or knee arthroscopy) is a way to relieve pain and help the affected person return to doing the activities they love.

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This woman survived a shark attack: ‘He had my whole arm in his mouth’

Just 10 months ago, Tiffany Johnson and her husband were snorkeling in the Bahamas when a shark attack changed her life forever: “He had my whole arm in his mouth.” NBC’s Kerry Sanders joins Megyn Kelly TODAY to tell her tale of survival. Featuring the Physicians from the Reconstructive Center for Lost Limbs, OrthoCarolina

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How to Reduce or Prevent Injury When Starting a Walking Program

The weather is starting to get nice and many people start walking programs. Two injuries that occur often with starting a walking program are Achilles tendonitis and plantar fasciitis. Both injuries typically occur from overuse, but there are some signs to look for that can help you prevent them.

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​Drop Foot, What Causes it and What to Expect

Foot drop is what it sounds like: a condition that causes someone to have problems lifting the upper part of the foot, from the arch to the toes, off of the floor. It may also seem like the person is dragging their foot across the floor when they walk, sometimes scraping their toes.

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Introducing the Starfish Procedure

Novel muscle transfer technique enables patients to have improved control of a myoelectric prosthesis

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