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Warning Signs of Elbow Arthritis

When you think of arthritis, you probably don’t think of your elbows. But elbow arthritis is a real thing and can interfere with your daily activities. Early intervention can help you manage the condition, so keep an eye out for these warning signs.

Oct 18th, 2018
From Elbows To Ankles

Led by experts in their field, "Current Topics in Sports Medicine" will guide Athletic Trainers and Physical Therapists through up-to-date best practices in treatment of the injured athlete.

Oct 2nd, 2018
Sports with the Highest Risk of Shoulder Injury

Playing sports keeps you fit and healthy but does increase your risk of injury. The shoulder joint is exceptionally mobile, making it vulnerable to problems in sports that require lots of repetitive shoulder movement.

Sep 14th, 2018
How Your Sleeping Positions Affect Your Shoulders

Waking up in the morning should be pleasant. But if the first thing you notice is shoulder pain, you may need to change your sleeping position. Here are five sleeping positions and how to make each one more comfortable for your shoulders.

Aug 15th, 2018
10 Tips for Preventing Tennis Elbow

Tennis elbow isn’t something that only happens to tennis players. If you use your arm in the same motion over and over -- think painter or butcher — you may be at risk for developing the injury. Take these precautions to help prevent tennis elbow.

Jun 19th, 2018
Why You Should Still Exercise if You HAve Arthritis

The thought of walking around the block or riding a bike when you have arthritis may sound like a painful venture, but it can help relieve your pain and improve joint health. Read on to learn about the benefits of exercise for arthritis.

Apr 20th, 2018
What is the problem with nonprofit hospitals?

The obvious problem is that they don’t pay taxes. This is not a trivial point. In 2002 the tax exemptions for nonprofit hospitals was approximately 12 billion dollars, and in that same year the estimated cost of providing medical care to the entire...

Feb 28th, 2018
Advice to Parents of Youth Athletes/Baseball Players

Injuries among youth baseball players are dramatically rising. In particular, the number of Tommy John elbow reconstructions being performed on adolescent baseball players has greatly increased over the past decade.

Feb 28th, 2018
Stem Cell Therapy…are we there yet?!

As pointed out in this post, there is currently minimal scientific evidence to support the use of stem cell therapies for orthopedic conditions. This may to prove to be the future BUT currently we do not have any proof that stem cell therapies...

Feb 28th, 2018
Do I need antibiotics before dental work?

Patients who have had a shoulder replacement often ask if they should be taking antibiotics before dental work. In some cases, their dentist had recommended it. As pointed out in this article, there is no evidence to support the routine use...

Feb 28th, 2018
I am honored to be a CoVA Gold Physician!

This year Atlantic Orthopaedic Specialists won Gold for Best Orthopaedic Group along with 5 of our physicians! I am proud to be part of one of these physicians as well as this fantastic practice! Please check out the link below for the full scoop!

Feb 28th, 2018
How patients pay for healthcare is changing…

Over the past few years we have seen a significant increase in high deductible insurance plans because of the ACA health exchanges. In these plans patients are often responsible for paying a large portion of the bill before the insurance kicks-in...

Feb 28th, 2018
Shoulder Replacement Recall…

There was a recall of the Zimmer-Biomet reverse total shoulder. I am happy to say that I have never used this replacement and none of my patients need to be concerned about this. As you can see the lawyers are getting excited so be ready for the TV commerc

Feb 28th, 2018
One Year After a Rotator Cuff Surgery

Patient education is one of the most important ingredients in a successful surgery. It is important that patients understand what to expect immediately after an operation and also years later.

Feb 28th, 2018
Are online doctor ratings accurate?

It is hard to pick a doctor. Everyone would like to feel that they are entrusting their medical care to someone who is truly excellent. But how can you find the best doctor for your particular problem?

Feb 28th, 2018
Stay awake during your shoulder surgery

Have you ever talked to your surgeon during your surgery? It’s definitely a different experience and it is becoming more common. Today, I performed a full day of surgeries and most of my patients remained awake during surgery.

Feb 28th, 2018
How much does a shoulder replacement cost?

Patients often ask, “How much will my surgery cost?” You would think that should be an easy question to answer. Unfortunately, it is not and that is one of the biggest problems with our current healthcare system.

Feb 28th, 2018
Injury Epidemic Amongst Baseball Pitchers

There continues to be an injury epidemic amongst baseball pitchers at the highest level (MLB) and youth recreational players. There is an obsession with throwing hard and lighting up the radar gun, and for good reason.

Feb 28th, 2018
MLB Pitcher Suffers Rare Latissimus Dorsi Injury

Noah Syndergaard, MLB pitcher, was recently diagnosed with a partial tear injury of his Latissimus Dorsi muscle (aka ’the lat’). As team physician for the Norfolk Tides, I wanted to provide some insight into this uncommon injury and what to do about it.

Feb 28th, 2018
100+ shoulder replacements in 2016

Shoulder surgery is a team sport, and thankfully I have a great team. In 2016 we performed over one hundred shoulder replacements which is the most in Hampton Roads and among the highest in Virginia and North Carolina.

Feb 28th, 2018
A new technique makes rotator cuff surgery less painful!

Rotator Cuff Repair surgeries are notoriously painful! Many patients say it is the worst pain they have ever experienced. To make matters worse, you are bound up in a sling after surgery and can’t move the arm to try to “find a comfortable spot”.

Feb 28th, 2018
Does Glucosamine Work?

Glucosamine and Chondroitin are common over the counter supplements that are marketed as a treatment for arthritis and joint pains. These can be purchased in pill form in nearly every pharmacy.

Feb 28th, 2018
Understanding the levels of minor league baseball

Over the past three seasons as the Orthopedic Surgeon for the Norfolk Tides I have spent a lot of time around minor league baseball. During this time I have learned a tremendous amount about shoulder & elbow injuries in professional baseball players...

Feb 28th, 2018
How fast does your pitch spin?

Last summer I first learned about the new baseball metric of spin rate. Like many MLB teams the Orioles had started tracking the spin rate of their minor league pitchers, and had installed doppler hardware at Harbor Park to measure how fast the baseball...

Feb 28th, 2018
Reverse shoulder replacements: When things go bad

Reverse shoulder replacements are generally a very successful operation. However, as with all surgeries things can go wrong. In my practice, I see a number of referrals for shoulder replacements that have failed and require a revision surgery. Over the pas

Feb 9th, 2018