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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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The Scoop on Sciatica, Plus Exercises That Can Help With Pain

Sciatica, also known as lumbar radiculopathy, is a term that describes pain that radiates down the leg caused by a pinched nerve in the back.

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Back Pain Fundamentals

We don’t always think about our spine, but good spinal health is important. Back pain can come from many different sources: discs, joints, fractures, or even just the effects of everyday life.

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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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Hear it from an Athletic Trainer: Why Warming Up is a Crucial Piece in Your Soccer Training Plan

If you could increase your soccer skill level efficiency, drastically reduce your chance of injury, and help your body feel better before and after soccer, would you want to know how?

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No Timeouts: Minimizing Injury Risk in Young Soccer Players

Soccer is not only one of the fastest growing sports, but it’s also one of the most fast-paced. Like any contact sport there is always potential for injury, but during the juvenile and teenage years those chances are higher simply due to growth patterns and growing bodies.

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Running While Pregnant: What to Know

Exercise and running has always played a big part in Kathleen White’s life. So when Kathleen, a physical therapist, became pregnant, she was even more motivated to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle for herself, as well as her baby.

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What’s the Latest Treatment for Rotator Cuff Injuries?

Rotator cuff tendon tears affect more than four million people annually in the U.S. and are the most common source of shoulder pain and disability. Dr. Patrick Connor of the OrthoCarolina Sports Medicine Center, team physician to the Carolina Panthers, is pioneering the use of a breakthrough technology designed as a new option for millions of people suffering from rotator cuff tendon tears in the shoulder joint.

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Periprosthetic joint infection (PJI) & cancer can share similar traits

Research report by Dr. Bryan Springer of the OrthoCarolina Hip and Knee Center looks at how the two diseases are similar in terms of biology, mortality, financial impact.

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Life After Football: What Happens to the Human Body When the Days of Playing Are Over?

It can be difficult to end a career in any sport for those who are hard-wired to do what they love, but the post-football career can be tough physically as well as mentally.

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To All Swimmers: Get Faster and Stay Healthier - Cross Train.

Swimming is a great lifetime activity. Whether you're a recreational, masters level, triathlete or competitive swimmer, doing some dry land cross training should be an integral part of your regular weekly workout routine. It can be hard to leave the pool for one day and opt for a dry land workout, but there are many benefits that will leave you a better swimmer and with a more well-rounded level of fitness.

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Bursitis: What Roofers, Plumbers, and Football Players Need to Know

For centuries, people with physically demanding occupations have been known to be prone to developing large, swollen knees and elbows, especially after a serious bump or bruise. Originally dubbed “miner’s elbow” and “handmaid’s knee”, these conditions are now known to be varieties of bursitis, the inflammation of a bursa, a fluid-filled sac that limits friction between the skin and a joint such as the knee or elbow.

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Gaston and Loeffler honored by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) for their research

Dr. Glenn Gaston and Dr. Bryan Loeffler were recently honored by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) for their research on advancements in upper extremity amputee care at the 2017 AAOS Meeting in San Diego, CA.

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Soccer Injuries: What to Do

Jennifer DeRosa knows all too well about soccer injuries. Jennifer started playing soccer at four years old and battled through injuries from a young age through college, playing Division 1 Soccer at UNC Asheville. Injuries included knee and neck strains, and she even needed anterior compartment surgery to bilateral lower legs.

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What You Should Know About MRI

X-rays are standard when it comes to photographic images of the human body, but many people are less familiar with Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).

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With Your Help, We’re Improving Your Outcomes After Surgery

Quality improvement is a big deal to us at OrthoCarolina. In fact, we have a team that works only on care improvement programs and maintaining quality and coordinated care.

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Targeted Muscle Reinnervation Patient

Targeted muscle re-innervation (TMR) is a surgical procedure which involves transferring amputated nerves to activate the remaining muscles in the limb. This has been shown to be an effective way to cure or prevent neuroma pain (sometimes called "phantom" pain). The surgery also allows enhanced control of myoelectric (sometimes called "bionic") prostheses to perform new functions since there are more muscle signals available in the residual limb. For upper extremity amputees, this can mean far greater control of the elbow, wrist, and hand when using a myoelectric prosthesis.

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Stuck at a Desk? Sneaky Ways to Fit in a Workout

Just because you're stuck at a desk doesn't mean you can't fit exercise into your day.

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Targeted Muscle Reinnervation Patient (Video 2)

Targeted muscle re-innervation (TMR) is a surgical procedure which involves transferring amputated nerves to activate the remaining muscles in the limb.

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Adjusting To Life After Shark Attack

Friday will mark three weeks since Tiffany Johnson lost her arm in a terrifying shark attack in the Bahamas.

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Tiffany Johnson, Dr. Bryan Loeffler and WBT 1110am discussing her positive future

Dr. Bryan Loeffler from OrthoCarolina discussing the revolutionary outcome and amazing future for Tiffany Johnson via her targeted muscle reinnervation surgery.

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