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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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Swimming As Exercise: Advice from a Physical Therapist

Swimming is a powerful form of exercise. It can help reduce stress levels, improve your mood, give you better sleep, increase your overall strength and increase your endurance and cardiovascular capacity.

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A Tale of Two Surgeons: Father and Son, Working Side by Side

From a young age, Keith Fehring knew he wanted to be an orthopedic surgeon. He didn’t have to look far for inspiration. His dad, Dr. Thomas “Tom” Fehring, has been an orthopedic surgeon specializing in hip and knee replacements for thirty years.

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Warm Up Right for Soccer Performance and Prevention

These days, most people usually agree that athletes should be doing some type of warm up prior to taking the field, including sports like soccer. What is less clear is exactly what that warm up should look like. Just jogging or doing prolonged hold, stretching is inadequate, and may actually do more harm than good.

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If You Sit at a Desk All Day, You may start Feeling Gluteus Medius Pain

Modern culture and lifestyle often means that many of us sit…sometimes almost all day. Whether in the office, in traffic, at home or just relaxing, sitting frequently can weaken an important muscle – the gluteus medius.

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Dr. Bob Anderson chatting with Foot & Ankle International

Dr. Bob Anderson is one of the world’s top foot and ankle surgeons. He is a leader in the treatment of elite athletes and treats regular patients as well. In this podcast, he discusses turf toe and the hallux valgus deformity.

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Is it time to lace up the cleats?

A former professional soccer player’s perspective on playing the sport

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Research and Presentations

Ongoing research for Targeted Muscle Reinnervation and Muscle Transfer for Independent Digit Control

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Yoga for Enhanced Sports Performance

Typically, competitive athletes focus on strength training with weights. Building strength and muscle mass has its benefits but also dramatically decreases overall flexibility.

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Conservative Care of Low Back Pain

Generalized low back pain is a huge public health problem, affecting 80 percent of people at some point during their lifetime. Low back pain can affect a person's ability to function at work or within the home and can lead to a lower perceived quality of life.

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