Welcome back to Tyler, Dr. Bowen
Welcome back to Tyler, Dr. Bowen

Native East Texan returns home to care for our community.  The largest orthopedic group in East Texas, Azalea Orthopedics, welcomes Dr. David Bowen to the practice.  Dr. Bowen specializes in Interventional Pain Management and the non-surgical treatment of spine injuries. After graduating from Robert E. Lee High school in Tyler, Texas, he began his medical…

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Why Water is Important for Joint Health
Why Water is Important for Joint Health
Calendar June 24, 2020

Drink water. Keep your joints healthy! June 23rd is National Hydration Day and we want to tell you why drinking water is important for joint health. According to the Arthritis Foundation, “if there’s a magical elixir you can drink, it’s water. Hydration is vital for flushing toxins out of your body, which can help fight…

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Azalea Orthopedics Relocates Clinic in Longview
Azalea Orthopedics Relocates Clinic in Longview
Calendar June 22, 2020

We moved our clinic to better serve our patients in the Longview area. The clinic houses a group of specialized physicians that includes spine surgeons, pain management specialists and a sports medicine orthopedic surgeon. Our group is committed to employing the best spine and orthopedic surgeons in Texas and bringing their talent closer to you.…

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Ask an Orthopedist- Achilles Tendon Pain
Ask an Orthopedist- Achilles Tendon Pain

Question: On my last run, I immediately felt a pinching sensation settle in at the top of my right Achilles tendon. I flexed it a few times and walked it off, and continued my run paying careful attention to it. The sensation has not subsided, however, and while it is not painful, it is unrelenting…

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What is a Disc Herniation?
What is a Disc Herniation?
Calendar May 28, 2020

    Back pain is something many people experience in their life, but not all back pain is equal. We sat down with one of Azalea Orthopedics’ Spine Surgeons, Dr. Michael Russell, for his insight on Disc Herniations. What is a Herniated Disc– A herniated disc is the extrusion of material that usually sits between…

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COVID-19 Update
COVID-19 Update
Calendar May 1, 2020

COVID-19 updates as of July 1st. Please see below the new requirements implemented by the Texas Medical Board. Please let us know if you have any questions regarding this new policy:                                                 …

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Orthopedic Surgeon, William Schreiber, M.D. Retires from Azalea Orthopedics
Orthopedic Surgeon, William Schreiber, M.D. Retires from Azalea Orthopedics

After many years of providing care to patients at Azalea Orthopedics, Dr. William E. Schreiber, M.D. retired effective March 31, 2020. His career began in the 1970s following an education at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. He completed Fellowships at the V.A. Hospital in Dallas and the Baylor Affiliated Hospital Program…

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Telemedicine Service
Telemedicine Service
Calendar March 25, 2020

Consult with your doctor from the comfort of your living room with our new telemedicine service. Our top priority is the safety of our patients and our staff. In an effort to reduce exposure from COVID-19 for both our patients and our medical staff, we now offer telemedicine and video chat for established patients. Much…

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What is an EMG Test?
What is an EMG Test?
Calendar February 13, 2020

Symptoms of numbness, tingling, pain and discomfort can be alarming, especially when you don’t know what is causing the issue. An EMG, or Electromyogram, is a study conducted by a physician to find the cause of these sensations. An EMG test measures the electrical activity in muscles and nerves and determines where there may be…

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Dr. Kaminski Speaks to his Patient after MAKO Partial Knee Replacement Surgery
Dr. Kaminski Speaks to his Patient after MAKO Partial Knee Replacement Surgery
Calendar January 30, 2020

Dr. Ken Kaminski speaks with his patient, David Dudley, about recovering after MAKO partial knee replacement surgery. After five weeks, David returned to work as a firefighter for the Dallas Fire Department. Our orthopedic surgeons stay in tune with the latest medical advancements to offer our patients optimal options to fit their unique needs. Click…

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Azalea Voted Best Orthopedic Clinic In Tyler
Azalea Voted Best Orthopedic Clinic In Tyler
Calendar January 22, 2020

“LOCAL LOVE”… appreciated by US! Azalea Orthopedics was honored with winning the Locals Love Us award being voted #1 in the Orthopedic and Sports Medicine category for 2019. Locals Love Us is a secure online survey where locals vote for their favorite places in more than 200 categories annually. Each category can have up to…

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Dr. Gary Goodfried Partners with Azalea Orthopedics
Calendar January 10, 2020

Azalea Orthopedics Welcomes Dr. Gary Goodfried to The Practice January 10, 2020 Azalea Orthopedics is excited to announce the arrival of our newest orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Gary Goodfried.  As a longstanding pillar in the East Texas Medical Community, he brings experience and an outstanding reputation to Azalea Orthopedics.  “We are thrilled Dr. Goodfried is joining…

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Azalea Orthopedics Super Doctor Award
Calendar December 30, 2019

Azalea Orthopedics is honored to be recognized again in the © 2019 Super Doctors ® list with four of our 24 physicians to be added to this highly acclaimed group.  The Super Doctors list is comprised of approximately 5% of the doctors within the respective state or region. Super Doctors identifies top doctors as selected by their peers and appears in…

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Recommendations for Non-Operative Treatment of Spine Pain
Recommendations for Non-Operative Treatment of Spine Pain

Healthy Body Weight: Obtain and maintain a healthy body weight to decrease the stress on your spine. This can be accomplished through a healthy diet and exercise, but some people may need medical or surgical assistance. Please ask your primary care physician if you need help with weight control. Regular Exercise: Engage in regular exercise (vigorous…

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Azalea Cares Team Spotlight: Brittany Barron

This week, we are heading to our South Broadway Clinic in Tyler for our Azalea Cares Team Spotlight. Meet Brittany Barron, LVN for Dr. Schreiber! The best part of my day at Azalea Orthopedics? Working with the patients, physicians and my co-workers. What’s the most rewarding thing about my position at Azalea Orthopedics? Helping patients…

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Azalea Cares Team Spotlight: Sheila Courson
Calendar August 2, 2019

We hope you’re enjoying getting to meet our Azalea Orthopedics family. This week, meet Sheila Courson in our “Azalea Cares Team Spotlight.” She recently celebrated 23 years with Azalea Orthopedics! What’s your role at Azalea Orthopedics? I am the Azalea Patient Access Center (APAC) Supervisor at Azalea Orthopedics. (Sheila oversees our scheduling department.) The best…

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What’s the healing time for ankle sprains?

Ankle injuries are very common. Approximately 2 million people a year suffer acute ankle injuries, according to the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM). If you’ve every suffered a painful ankle sprain, you may have wondered when you should see a doctor and how long the healing process may take? This question recently came…

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Azalea Cares Team Spotlight: Rhonda Burton
Calendar July 24, 2019

Our Azalea Orthopedics family cares about you! We would like for you to get to know our team better. That’s why we are starting our Azalea Cares Team Spotlight. This week, meet Rhonda Burton. What’s your role at Azalea Orthopedics? Front Desk Check-in & Check-out The best part of my day at Azalea Orthopedics? The…

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Dr. Marcel Wiley, Spine Surgeon, Joining Azalea Orthopedics in August
Calendar July 23, 2019

Azalea Orthopedics is proud to welcome our 25th physician to the practice — Dr. Marcel Wiley. He comes to Azalea from the world-renowned Norton Leatherman Spine Center in Louisville, Kentucky where he completed his fellowship in adult and pediatric spine surgery. Dr. Wiley joins spine surgeons — Dr. Michael Merrick, Dr. Todd Raabe and Dr.…

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“Pop” Felt After Rotator Cuff & Bicep Surgery

Question: I had rotator cuff surgery and bicep tenodesis surgery 11 weeks ago. All was (is) going fine…. started PT 9 weeks ago. Today, I heard a pop in my shoulder and immediately I have pain in the upper arm and shoulder. I got home from work and noticed a bulge in my bicep area.…

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When Can Plates and Screws Be Removed after Forearm Surgery?

Question: My age is 28, I got a fracture in the left forearm, both ulna and radius, and fixed with SS plate and screw. Now, the fracture healed well. It’s been 1.5 years since the operation to fix plates. Now, there is no issue in my hand, but I want to remove plate and screw.…

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Seven Azalea Physicians Selected to Texas Super Doctors Rising Stars List
Calendar June 25, 2019

Seven Azalea Orthopedics physicians have been named by Texas Super Doctors© Rising Stars℠  2019 as some of the top doctors in Texas for 2019. This Year, Dr. Scott Burlison, Dr. Rebel Huffman, Dr. Michael Johnson, Dr. David Kummerfeld, Dr. Kevin Luttrell, Dr. Michael Merrick and Dr. Ryan Patterson are all included on the Rising Stars…

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How Long is the Healing Time from Elbow Surgery?

Question: My 10-year-old son is having surgery tomorrow on his dislocated elbow. He needs 2 pins to support it. How long after the surgery until his cast can come off? How long until he can swim, play drums and baseball? Dr. Foreman: I suspect that your son has a fracture and not a dislocation of…

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Taking Care of Impaction Fracture Prior to Surgery

Question: My daughter has a subtle impaction fracture of the femoral condyle (a round projection at the end of the thigh bone). She can’t see the surgeon for another 2 weeks. She is in a brace and has crutches. Can you please advise management until she sees the doctor. For example – can she put…

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Healing after Amputation for Diabetics

Question: My 37 year old daughter has Type 1 diabetes. She had half her foot amputated 5 years ago due to infection. Being diabetic, it’s never healed totally. Now it’s not infected, but won’t heal. She is also on dialysis 3 days a week. Her orthopedic wants to amputate up to the knee. My question…

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Azalea All-Star Basketball Classic to Tip Off Saturday
Calendar April 9, 2019

The Azalea All-Star Classic will showcase some of the best talent in high school basketball on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at Wagstaff Gym on the campus of Tyler Junior College. By purchasing a ticket to the All-Star game, you will also be helping an organization near and dear to our hearts, Bethesda Health Clinic. The…

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Ankle Pain After Hardware Removal?

Question: I had ORIF hardware removal surgery 5 months ago and have been in a lot of pain since then. Went to foot and ankle doctor who did a few X-rays and the report said that the side plate and screw removal was done bringing an old oblique fracture. It said the oblique fracture is…

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Healing After a Fractured Patella

Question: I fractured my right patella due to a fall off my bike. It’s cracked, but not displaced. I should of had surgery, but I didn’t have insurance and kept it straight in a cast for 2 weeks before seeing a specialist. It’s been a little over a month and I literally can’t bend it,…

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Treatment Options for Lingering Ankle Pain?

Question: Hello! I am a med student from Austria and work part time in an orthopedic clinic. We have a patient that got me thinking and I wanted to reach out and find out what experts say to the case. 20 year old, male, hard worker, pain in right ankle. MRI showed signs of a sprain…

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What to Expect with Shoulder Injury – Hill-Sachs Lesion

Question: I was diagnosed with a Hill-Sachs lesion about 5 years ago following my second dislocation along with having an injury pattern visible on the labrum. Would this injury heal on its own in regards to the compression fracture and the injury to the cartilage or would it all remain the same? Dr. Foreman: The…

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Meet our Nacogdoches Azalea Orthopedics Team
Calendar February 25, 2019

If you’ve been to our new Nacogdoches clinic, you’ve probably already met the newest members to our Azalea Orthopedics family. For patients who are new to Azalea or our Nacogdoches clinic, we wanted to introduce you to Crystal, Cindy and Leah. We are excited to welcome these dedicated women to our team. Our physicians and…

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Healing and Exercise after an ACL or PCL injury

Question: I am looking for advice regarding a PCL injury sustained 5 months ago. I am expecting surgery in 2 months’ time. But I have a snowboarding holiday booked which is in just 3 weeks. My knee has been reasonably strong and stable as I have returned to riding my mountain bike (taking it fairly easily). My worry…

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Azalea Orthopedics All-Star High School Basketball Classic
Calendar January 22, 2019

You can experience the best in East Texas High School hoops while helping a worthy cause at the Azalea Orthopedics All-Star High School Basketball Classic. You are invited to join us Saturday, April 13, 2019 for the big games. The Azalea Classic gives high school seniors in the East Texas area the opportunity to showcase…

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Azalea Orthopedics Opens Clinic in Nacogdoches – 9th East Texas location
Calendar January 21, 2019

Azalea Orthopedics is expanding into Nacogdoches to better serve the community in Deep East Texas. The first clinic began on January 15th, 2019. The clinic is located at 4800 NE Stallings Drive, Suite 110 next to Nacogdoches Medical Center. Azalea Orthopedics is the third largest orthopedics practice in Texas with 24 physicians who provide specialized…

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Exercising After a Hip or Knee Replacement

Question: Doc, I’m a Disabled Veteran with bilateral Hip Replacements. Can I SQUAT, Leg Press and Lunge? A sedentary lifestyle has led to a weight gain of 100lbs (355lbs) I’m very motivated to get fit and live longer. A trainer suggested training legs weekly to supplement a plant-based diet, sleep and lots of water. Dr.…

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Azalea Physicians Named to Super Doctors List in Texas Monthly
Calendar December 5, 2018

Super Doctors ® names Dr. John Camp, Dr. Kenneth Kaminski, Dr. Michael Russell and Dr. Patrick Wupperman to its prestigious 2018 list of top doctors in Texas Monthly. This distinction is reserved for about five percent of the region’s active physicians. You can find our Azalea physicians in the December issue of Texas Monthly in…

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How Your BMI Affects Surgery Candidacy

Question: Hi, I am 58 and weigh about 320 pounds. I want a second opinion about total knee replacement. My orthopedist wants me to lose about 100 lbs before surgery. My right knee is bone on bone, no cartilage and my leg is bowing. I have had a cortisone shot and the gel injections; nothing…

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Tips for a Safe, Spooktacular Halloween
Calendar October 31, 2018

Neighborhoods across East Texas will be filled with trick-or-treaters on (today) Wednesday, October 31st. That means there will not only be more little pedestrians on the road, there could also be more cars traveling to your neighborhood for Halloween parties or to trick-or-treat. Did you know that 16,706 patients were treated in 2017 for Halloween-related…

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Azalea Cares: Dean Pennington, PA-C Provides Help And Hope In Haiti
Calendar October 26, 2018

Dean Pennington, a Physician’s Assistant at Azalea Orthopedics shares his talents and love with the people of Haiti. He joined Water for Christ on a mission trip from October 17th – 24th. Dean’s job was to provide medical support for the mission. He also helped to scout for locations, drilling water wells and sharing the…

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Pain After Total Knee Replacement

Question: I’m only 36 and I’ve struggled with knee pain for years due to sports. I’ve had numerous surgeries, but had TKR 4 months ago. I still have swelling and stiffness, but more importantly, I’m still having pain. Sometimes it’s so bad I’m in tears, and I have a pretty high tolerance for pain. My…

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Still Suffering From Wrist Pain After Fracture

Question: Hi, I’m wondering what you can tell me about the effectiveness of Darrach’s excision (resection of the distal end of the ulna) with ECU tendon transfer in patients in their 30’s? I’m not finding a lot online and what I do find mentions elderly patients. I’m 7 months post closed distal radial fracture. It…

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How Long to Wait for Surgery Following a Surgery

Question: I originally was planning on having my knee replaced last February but elected to try Stem Cell Therapy first. Which hasn’t done much for the knee? I’m now wanting to revisit surgery however presently having substantial dental work done with last crowns scheduled for February 2019. Any issues with ongoing dental work if knee…

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Azalea Orthopedics and Texas Spine & Joint Hospital set 13th annual Tyler Football Classic
Calendar August 17, 2018

Tyler, TX—Grace Community School is set to host the thirteenth annual Azalea Orthopedics and Baylor Scott & White Texas Spine & Joint Hospital Tyler Football Classic, August 30 – September 1, 2018. Six area high schools will compete in the Classic, which kicks off the 2018 football season for participating teams. The Classic, which is…

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What is the Healing Time For A Nerve Injury?

Question: 2 weeks ago, I stepped on a small tree stump and rolled my right ankle. I had some minor soreness but thought it would go away in a few days. The pain has gone away; however, as of today, I am having some issues and unsure of what it could be. Starting at the…

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Diagnosing Knee Pain and Proper Treatment

Question: I am a 17-year-old female who has pain in my left knee. I have felt cracking, grinding, and clicking, seen a lot of swelling, and felt a lot of pain all over my knee, especially the front and by the patella tendon. Both my X-rays and MRI came back negative. I was diagnosed with…

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Can a “Second Elbow” Be a Complication After Surgery?

Question:  My father had a humerus fracture two years ago and did a plate fixation surgery. A few months ago, he is having something like a new elbow above his elbow and when he moves his arm it seems like he has two elbows. Please advise is this a common complication and what do you…

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Can Injections Lead to a Baker’s Cyst?

Question: Could a series of Synvisc injections cause/lead/ have the side effect of the formation of a Baker’s Cyst that was never before present (hypothetically in an 88-year-old female of moderate normal health with no Baker’s Cyst history and no knee trauma)? If so, should/could the idea of draining the cyst be an option for…

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Azalea Orthopedics Now Offering MAKOPLASTY® Partial Knee & Total Knee Replacements

Azalea Orthopedics is now offering MAKOplasty® partial and total knee replacements. This technology allows physicians to create a personalized pre-operative plan. MAKOplasty is less invasive than traditional total knee surgery using a highly advanced, surgeon controlled robotic arm system. The partial knee procedure is a minimally invasive treatment option for adults living with early to mid-stage osteoarthritis who…

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Allografts vs. Autograft for ACL Reconstruction

Question: What graft what you recommend for ACL reconstruction for a 25-year-old who hopes to return to regular athletic activity (pick-up basketball, golf, softball, cycling, etc.).  I Had a hamstring autograft for a previous ACL reconstruction in the same knee. ACL has torn again. What are the pros and cons of patellar tendon versus allograft?…

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Are There Any Benefits to Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Surgery?

Question: My mom is a healthy 83 but needs carpal tunnel surgery soon. A friend had his done with you & brags on you guys. Now it can be done with a laser. Why don’t you guys do laser? Less downtime, etc. Mom stays busy she won’t like a cast. I’ve heard good news about…

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Sometimes it’s Best to Wait For Surgery

Question: I fractured my femur March 14. I was preparing for a Total Knee Replacement due to a torn meniscus from repeated falls and wear. I fell on the ice when I broke my leg and torn several ligaments in my knee. During my doctor’s appointment today, my physician said I have to wait at…

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How to Stabilize a Knee Cap

Question: Hello, my name is Kathryn I am a 19-year-old softball college athlete. About a month ago I noticed severe pain in my knee on the lateral side and worsened from activity. It got so bad that I wasn’t able to bend my leg at all after practice each day and my knee would catch…

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Does A Broken Toe Require Surgery?

Question: A week ago I hurt my toe. Yesterday I finally decided to get an X-ray as the pain was not getting better. The 4th proximal phalanx is completely broken. My Primary Care Physician recommends I see an ortho. My issue is I can’t afford to take off work if they say I should do…

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What is The Longevity of Stainless Steel Hardware

Question: I suffered midshaft radius fracture of left forearm in the year 2009 and was treated with ORIF wherein plates, and screws made of stainless steel were used. Sir, my question is ” Can stainless steel made plates be kept implanted in my radius bone forever? Is there any longevity of such plates? Dr. Foreman–…

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Can I Play Golf With a Ruptured Tendon?

Question: I ruptured my biceps tendon two weeks ago. I want to play golf before I have surgery. Is that ok, or will I do more damage? Dr. Foreman– You may cause some retraction of the tendon which makes it a little more challenging to find and reattach, so from a technical standpoint I would…

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Will a Dislocated Elbow Heal Without Surgery?

Question: I’m a professional MMA fighter, and four weeks ago I dislocated my elbow while wrestling. At the hospital, I went to the orthopedic surgeon said I’m going to need surgery and sent me to a different doctor who specializes in UCL tears. He told me with UCL tears athletes who wrestle and fight don’t…

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How Long is The Recovery Time For Rotator Cuff Surgery/Shoulder Reconstruction Surgery

Question:  I have been seen by an orthopedic surgeon and was told that I had a very bad rotator cuff tear and possibly will need a total shoulder replacement. What is the time span for recovery and time spent in hospital and length of healing? Dr. Foreman– First of all, you need to know if…

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Can a Grade Two ACL Tear Heal Without Surgery?

Question: I had an accident and received an ACL grade two injury. My doctor suggests I rest for three weeks and another doctor said I need an operation. What should I do? Can a grade two ACL tear heal without surgery? Dr. Forman– Partial tears of the ACL (grade II injury) may heal a little…

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Ask An Orthopedist: Grade 2 AC Joint Separation

Question: I was recently diagnosed with a grade 2 ac joint separation, and possible rotator cuff tear, with the injury happening 9 days ago. My doctor says I should immediately be doing range of motion exercises, but it hurts pretty bad still, and I read online in multiple places that exercises shouldn’t be done until…

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Ask An Orthopedist: Wrist Inuries

Question: What is the average length of time it takes for a wrist ligament tear to heal? What is the most common wrist injury and what can an athlete do to avoid injury? Some wrist ligaments heal in 4-6 weeks, some don’t heal without surgery. As far as most common wrist injuries, it would have…

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Ask An Orthopedist: Medial Meniscal Extrusion

Question: I have Medial Meniscal Extrusion of 4mm. If an extrusion means that the part of the meniscus is sticking out (extruding), is it possible that this extrusion can retreat back to normal if properly cared for? Meniscal extrusion is almost always associated with degeneration of the meniscus and often some arthritis in the knee.…

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Ask An Orthopedist: Causes of Arthritis

Question: In my early 20’s I worked a job where I was required to lift and carry anywhere between 65 to 100 lbs frequently. The job would sometimes require stooping, standing and sitting for prolonged periods of time. I did this job for almost 4 years. Could this type of repetitive work related activity cause…

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Ask An Orthopedist: Carpal Tunnel

Question: I have been diagnosed with carpal tunnel. Is the procedure invasive? Is Azalea Orthopedics part of the ETMC system? Carpal tunnel release is an extremely commonly performed procedure. It is an outpatient procedure done through a small incision on the palm side of the wrist/hand. Recovery is quick and results are >95% successful. Azalea…

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Ask An Orthopedist: Can a ligament be tightened up?

Question: My middle finger, middle joint has a subluxation from a long ago sports injury. I have good range of motion but the finger is being distorted by swelling and the ligament on one side of the joint has been stretched. Is there a treatment for me besides fusion or joint replacement? I did see…

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Ask An Orthopedist: Patellar Tendinitis Following ACL Surgery

Question: I’ve been having Swelling/soreness in Patellar Tendon 10 months post ACL reconstruction surgery (patellar tendon graft). I had an mri and it said “mild tendonopathy. The Tendon looks thicker than before and becomes irritated after any activity. Is this common for patellar tendon graft ACL surgery? I have stopped all activity for 2.5 weeks…

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Ask An Orthopedist: Is an orthopedic doctor the correct physician to see for back/hip pain?

Question: I am having issues with both my lower back and right hip. Slight pain in the right hip, but extreme tightness and no flexibility. My right thigh goes numb when on my feet or walking for over an hour. Is an orthopedic doctor the physician to see? If so, do you recommend a doctor…

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Ask An Orthopedist: Can stem cell and PRP injections help with arthritis pain?

Question: Can stem cell and PRP injections help with arthritis pain? Medication and injections can help diminish pain and swelling, but don’t alter the disease process. Stem cell and PRP injections are being used, but currently there is no overwhelming scientific evidence that they work better than more traditional injectable medications for arthritis. They also…

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Ask An Orthopedist: Finger Subluxation

Question: My middle finger on my right hand, middle joint, has a subluxation from a sports injury. I have good range of motion but the finger is being distorted by swelling and the ligament on one side of the joint has been stretched. Is there a treatment for me besides fusion or joint replacement? Can a…

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Ask An Orthopedist: Fracture by Alcohol Induced Osteoporosis

Question: Can a vertebrae heal and recover from spontaneous fracture by alcohol induced osteoporosis? In this sense, is alcohol induced osteoporosis reversible? The answer to your first question is yes, vertebral fractures can and do heal.  The answer to your second question is that osteoporosis can be improved, but it takes active treatment including calcium,…

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Ask An Orthopedist: Can a fractured arm be too swollen for the x-ray to read clearly?

Question: Is it possible that when a person fractures their arm that it can be too swollen for the x-ray to be clearly read? That is a common misconception.  The bones can be seen by x-ray with or without swelling. Have a question for one of our orthopedic surgeons? Click here to submit a question.

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Join Us In Supporting Tyler Gold Run
Calendar September 11, 2017

For the second consecutive year, Azalea Orthopedics is proud to sponsor the Tyler Gold Run. The Gold Run, a local East Texas event, benefits children that have been diagnosed with cancer in the surrounding areas.    Last year the race earned almost $30,000 with all proceeds going towards children’s families who have been diagnosed, the development of pediatric…

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Ask An Orthopedist: Recovery After Knee Surgery

Question: I recently had ACL surgery using a hamstring graft. I am now 3 months into recovery and forced my knee back to about 120 degrees doing my stretches and now it is really swollen and feels weird, can you help? You likely stretched/tore some scar tissue in the knee. Ultimately this will help your…

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East Texas Kick-off Classic
Calendar August 28, 2017

Bishop Gorman Catholic School is set to host the twelfth annual Azalea Orthopedics and Texas Spine & Joint Hospital Tyler Football Classic August 31 – September 2, 2017. Six area high schools will compete in the Classic, which kicks off the 2017 football season for participating teams. The Classic, which is in its twelfth year,…

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Ask An Orthopedist: What is the recovery time for a displaced fracture of lateral malleolus of right fibula?

Question: I had surgery for a displaced fracture of lateral malleolus of right fibula, initial encounter for closed fracture. What is the recovery time? When will I be able to put weight on my ankle and walk again? It take 6-8 weeks for the fracture to be fairly well healed. I would bet that you…

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Ask An Orthopedist: Syndesmotic Screw Concerns

Question: I am having concerns with my syndesmptic screw. Should I remove the screw or let it break, which is highly likely, with the possibilities of further complications? I have a number of patients who have broken syndesmotic screws and I can’t recall any problems with any of them. Some, however, don’t like the thought…

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Ask An Orthopedist: What can one do to speed up the healing process of a hip/leg injury?

Question: Is brief use of elliptical gym machine helpful for a leg/hip injury? My x-ray showed that nothing was broken but I currently use a cane and still experience a bit of pain. I want a way to help the healing process.  Without knowing the exact extent of your soft tissue injuries – sprain, strain,…

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Ask An Orthopedist: ACL Nerve Damage

Question: I had an ACL recon in february of 2014. I have not been able to feel a certain area on my right leg, just below the knee, ever since. My leg recently started itching in that exact spot for about 15-20 minutes and all of the feeling that was once lost after the surgery,…

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Ask An Orthopedist: Buckle Fracture

Question: My son broke his forearm (buckle fracture) two weeks ago and he is wondering if he can play sports in a cast? He says that he feels better and can move his hand just fine. Without seeing his x-rays I can’t say for sure, but generally buckle fractures are stable fractures and are unlikely…

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Ask An Orthopedist: Can wrist braces cause more damage than help?

Question: Around 3 months ago, I started getting pain in my right wrist (I hold the mouse in my right hand). I started wearing a Mueller wrist support brace while at work 2 months ago and have been using it every day since then. It gives me me a lot of relief when typing and…

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Ask An Orthopedist: Septic Arthritis

Question: I was wondering your thoughts on the best physiotherapy management of patients presenting with septic arthritis to the hospital. Should they immobilize the joint and be non-weighting initially or just mobilize within comfort and weight bear as tolerated. Is there is any detriment to doing either? Septic arthritis causes a significant inflammatory response within…

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Ask An Orthopedist: Facet Arthropathy of the Lumbar Spine

Question: I have facet arthropathy of the lumbar spine. I go into spasm within 10 minutes of standing and have to sit immediately whereupon pain is alleviated. Two rounds of PT – regular and aquatic – no improvement in standing time. Myofascial massage has improved soft tissue and psoas stretches to lengthen, but still no increase…

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Ask An Orthopedist: Baker’s Cyst

Question: I have a very large, painful Baker’s Cyst (left knee) confirmed by an ultrasound. I have had 3 surgeries in the past (arthroscopies) for medial meniscus tear. The radiologist said in his report that the cyst also has blood in it and is septated. In researching various treatments for this problem, drainage and injection…

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Ask An Orthopedist: Gluteus Minimus & Trochanteric Bursitis

Question: I recently had an MRI on my right hip and the results showed that I have a tear of the gluteus minimus tendon and also have trochanteric bursitis. I know that after a few shots to the hips I should feel better, but what can I do about the tear? Although it will be…

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Ask An Orthopedist: Meniscus Repair

Question: I had meniscus surgery five days ago and am experiencing small, painless clicks where my meniscus was shaved off. Is this normal? I got them before my surgery, but they were bigger and happened when I jumped or ran. Yes this is normal. The clicks will slowly but surely get less and less over the…

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Azalea ushers in New President

Azalea Orthopedics has been privileged to serve East Texas for more than 20 years. We are rapidly growing and expanding our coverage and care options to better serve East Texas and the surrounding areas. Our commitment to provide each patient with the highest standard of care is, and will always be, a cornerstone of our…

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Ask An Orthopedist: Total Right Knee Replacement

Question: I tore my Right ACL when I was about 16-17 years old, it was eventually a complete avulsion. 4o+ years later I am now having daily pain, but it usually only induces a limp. I wear an Donjoy aluminum brace whenever I go walking or bike riding. I have a positive drawer sign (the…

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Ask An Orthopedist: Tibia Fracture

Question: I fractured my tibia 7 months ago and am still in my cast. During my most resent check up this week, my doctor said that he can’t remove the cast because it has still not fully healed. Should I continue with my current treatment or seek some another doctors opinion? Is my pulmonary embolism…

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June 6, 2017: Transition to a New Record System

Thank you for choosing Azalea Orthopedics! We appreciate your patience as we transition to a new record system June 6, 2017. We may request information that you have previously provided. New patient portal COMING SOON! This online tool gives you the flexibility to access your health information and other resources at your leisure- any time…

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Ask An Orthopedist: Knee Surgery

Question: Do any of your surgeons use the On Q pain relief pump for post op pain management? I worked post open heart /CVICU years ago and the On Q was used for a period of time for pain relief at the sternotomy site. I am looking at a possible knee surgery in the near…

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Ask An Orthopedist: Growth Plates

Question: I stand at 5ft 6in and I have not grown at all for 2 years now. I am a high school athlete and was hoping that I would still grow taller to further my basketball career. Is there anything I can do to make myself taller? There are growth centers (growth plates) in bones…

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Ask An Orthopedist: ACL & MCL Tear

Question: I have torn my ACL and MCL, am I going to need surgery? Partial tears of the MCL generally heal and do well. Partial tears of the ACL are a little more difficult to know how they’ll do. If there is not much laxity in your knee then you may do fine without surgery. If…

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Ask An Orthopedist: Bucket-Handle Tear Of The Medial Meniscus

Question: I have a bucket-handle tear of the medial meniscus with flipped fragment extending into the intercondylar notch encompassing greater than 50% of the overall meniscal volume. My knee has almost full range of motion and I only experience pain/discomfort when I try to squat/bend-knee very deeply(almost to the floor). Can stem cell therapy, like…

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Ask An Orthopedist: Fibularis Brevis Tendon

Question: Do you generally recommend surgery for an incomplete split tear of the fibularis brevis tendon with moderate distal tendinosis? Non-surgical care is almost always tried first. Rest, ice, elevation, and anti-inflammatory medication is the primary treatment, followed by range of motion and strengthening exercises, and finally a trial of GRADUALLY returning to regular activities.…

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Ask An Orthopedist: Hip Fractures

Question: In 2014 I fractured the neck of my right femur and a closed reduction with cancellous screws was performed. There is some post exercise stiffness after periods of being inactive, but usually goes away within 2-3 days.  I go in for a check-up every two years and understand that I have a lower risk of…

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Ask An Orthopedist: Rheumatoid Arthritis

Question: I had Chikangunya Fever in October 2016 and immediately after that, I have had continuous pain in joints, especially in my fingers, wrists, ankles, and my toes. Along with the everyday pain, I am always fatigued and almost every joint is constantly stiff. I’ve done some research on my symptoms and they are all…

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Azalea Orthopedics All-Star 2017 Classic Announces Rosters
Calendar March 31, 2017

The Azalea Orthopedics All-Star high school basketball games have been set for April 1, 2017 at the Wagstaff Gymnasium on the Tyler Junior College campus. The game, which is in its Fourteenth year, is sponsored by Azalea Orthopedics. The Classic gives high school seniors in the East Texas area the opportunity to showcase their talent…

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Dr. Mike Russell Named to Becker’s Hospital Review Top 100 Leaders
Calendar March 30, 2017

Azalea Orthopedics’ president Dr. Mike Russell has been named to the 100 Great Healthcare Leaders to Know 2017 by Becker’s Hospital Review! Mike Russell, MD. is the founder of Texas Spine & Joint Hospital (Tyler). Dr. Russell is a founder and past board chairman of the Texas Spine & Joint Hospital in Tyler and a…

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All-Star Basketball Classic
Calendar March 28, 2017

Just a reminder that the 2017 Azalea Orthopedics All-Star Basketball Classic is Saturday, April 1stat TCJ’s Wagstaff Gymnasium.  Doors open at 5:00 p.m. Girl’s game starts at 5:30 p.m. Guy’s game starts at 7:00 p.m. (approximately) Ticket Prices Adult – $6.00 Student – $3.00 5 & under – FREE **All proceeds from the All-Star game…

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Ask An Orthopedist: Torn Biceps Tendon

Question: My husband tore his biceps tendon at the elbow (complete tear). He is very active, but does not want to do the surgery to repair the tear. What are the pros and cons of not doing the surgery? Can he still build his biceps muscle with the tendon not attached? The pros are not…

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Ask An Orthopedist: Broken Collar Bone

Question: I have a broken collar bone that moves and can be manipulated with no pain. Does not repairing the collarbone put me at risk for any shoulder problems? Will it make me more susceptible to a torn rotator or torn Labrum? You may lose a little strength with certain motions and in certain positions because…

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Ask An Orthopedist: Can ACL Tears Cause Heel Spurs?

Question: I tore my ACL in my left knee back in 2004. I’ve recently been experiencing pain in both my knee and my heel. My pain and discomfort is starting to affect my work, therefore, I need opinions on how to solve my problems. I doubt the ACL tear is causing you pain, but you may be…

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Ask An Orthopedist: Fractured Tibia & Fibula

Question: My son fractured his right legs Tibia and Fibula. It has been two months since seeking treatment and his fracture has only healed about half way. Is there anything I can do to quicken up his healing process? There is nothing you can do to make the bone heal faster. If the bone is…

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Ask An Orthopedist: Rotator Cuff Tear

Question: My first rotator cuff tear was successfully repaired in 2003. I recently slipped on ice and jammed that same shoulder. A recent MRI shows that my tendon has completely torn from bone. Can the tendon be reattached to the bone? Yes, the rotator cuff can be re-repaired. The MRI would show if there has…

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Ask An Orthopedist: Ruptured Achilles Tendon

Question: I recently ruptured my Achilles tendon. I enjoy an active lifestyle of running, hiking, golf, coaching youth sports and would like to not disrupt that. In your opinion, which repair option, surgery or immobilization, would be the best for me? I may be a little old school here but I think repair gives a higher…

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Ask An Orthopedist: Labral Repair

Question: I recently had an MRI on my hip joint and the results showed that I have a tear of the lateral labrum, along with a few other injuries. Since the MRI, I have been going to Physical Therapy and have been receiving hip injections. The injections have been great, relieving most of my pain,…

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Ask An Orthopedist: Foot Fracture

Question: What can I do to heal my avulsion fracture in my 5th metatarsal the fastest? This will take 6-8 weeks to heal no matter what you do. You can’t speed up bone healing. There are a number of acceptable treatments for this – cast, fracture boot, hard-soled shoe. Until it heals you should not…

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Ask An Orthopedist: Torn ACL

Question: I had an MRI done recently after a car accident, and it showed a complete mid substance rupture of my ACL. I am an athlete and since my ACL has been torn, I have not been able to play the game to my full potential. Is this surgery necessary for my knee’s recovery? Once the…

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Ask An Orthopedist: Partial Meniscectomy

Question:I had a partial meniscectomy 13 years ago, with 90% “all but the rim” removed. I frequently get knee pain, not sharp, but a soreness, especially if I walk with hard-soled shoes on a hard surface. The soreness may last a couple of days, and is most pronounced when walking. What keeps getting injured to cause…

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Ask An Orthopedist:Trapezius Pain

Question:  Is it possible to get trapezius pain with having a labrum tear on my shoulder? If it is a tear and I needed surgery, would the trapezius pain disappear? Yes, it is possible. If your shoulder mechanics are altered from substitution of muscles in trying to not aggravate the labral tear, then the trapezius…

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Ask An Orthopedist: Knee Arthritis

Question: I have been recently diagnosed with post-traumatic left knee arthritis from an injury I had when I was younger. I was informed that it can be managed with physical therapy, injections, anti-inflammatories, and things of that nature. If someone came into your clinic with this problem, is that the recommendation you would give them, or…

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Ask An Orthopedist: Degenerative Arthritis

Question: In the past 4-5 years, I’ve had knee debridement and cervical bulging discs. I just recently found out I have a partially torn tendon in my wrist and cartilage degeneration in my wrist of my dominant hand. My main concern is how often I’m hearing that I have degenerating cartilage or meniscus. Am I…

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Ask An Orthopedist: Body Conditioning

Question: I practice a style of Karate that involves a lot of body conditioning, particularly with the hands to make them hard and calloused. I recently heard that this type of training can lead to arthritis and loss of dexterity in the long term, Is any of this true? Although you can hear and even…

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Ask An Orthopedist: Osgood-Schlatter Disease

Question: I’ve had Osgood-Schlatter Disease since I was a child. I never treated it growing up, nor have I ever been in pain from it. I have large bumps underneath each knee and was wondering if there was a way to remove them? The bumps you feel and see are bone, and they will never…

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Ask An Orthopedist: Bicep Surgery

Question: What are the physical indications that bicep surgery, in which the head/top tendon is severed and reattached to the bone, is appropriate? A good question without a definitive answer. Some orthopedists recommend having it fixed basically all the time. Some recommend never having it fixed. Some (and I’m in this group) determine if either…

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Three Azalea Orthopedics’ Doctors Earn 2016 Texas Monthly Awards
Calendar December 6, 2016

As a recognized leader in orthopedics and interventional pain management, Azalea is proud to congratulate Dr. Michael Russell, Dr. Patrick Wupperman, and Dr. Ken Kaminski on their recent peer nominated awards from Texas Monthly. Both Dr. Russell and Dr. Wupperman were awarded as 2016 Texas Monthly “Super Doctors.” Each year Super Doctors invites physicians to…

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Ask An Orthopedist: Weight lifting and shoulder pain

Question: I have a slight dull pain in my right shoulder and the doctor I went to said it was bicep tendonitis. I was wondering if I lift weights 2 to 3 times a week, in the long run will my arm be badly damaged? My shoulder also pops when I lift my arm straight…

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The CDC says…“Take 3” Actions to Fight the Flu
Calendar December 2, 2016

Check out these tips from the CDC on keeping healthy this flu season! Learn why it is important to vaccinate, stop germs and treat your illinis with antiviral drugs. VACCINATE CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses. While there are many different flu viruses,…

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What is a Clinical Study?
What is a Clinical Study?
Calendar November 29, 2016

A clinical study involves research using human volunteers (also called participants) that is intended to add to medical knowledge. Research helps lead to the discovery of improvements and new methods of health care that are designed to answer questions about disease prevention, detection, and treatment. Clinical studies hope to find a cure or improve the…

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Ask An Orthopedist: Knee Pain

Question: My mother has suffered from knee pain for many years and her legs are starting to thin. We had a recent x-ray done but are having trouble understanding what her next steps should be. Can you take a look at the report and suggest how to move forward and help treat her pain? X-ray…

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Ask An Orthopedist: Hyperextended Knee

Question: I hyperextended my knee about 3 weeks ago. I had swelling and immobility for several days, but by the end of the week, I had most movement back. I can walk fine but cannot fully extend my knee and there is a lot of pain if I do on accident. Should I wait another…

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Adult scoliosis surgery with the Mazor Robotics Renaissance® Guidance System from Azalea Orthopedics & ETMC
Adult scoliosis surgery with the Mazor Robotics Renaissance® Guidance System from Azalea Orthopedics & ETMC
Calendar November 17, 2016

Spine-straightening surgery to relieve back pain Patients who have suffered for years with back pain may find relief through the improved accuracy of surgery with the Mazor Robotics Renaissance® Guidance System at ETMC Tyler. Two surgeons with Azalea Orthopedics perform the surgery: Michael Merrick, MD, and Todd Raabe, MD. “We can do it more accurately…

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Azalea Orthopedics Clinical Research
Calendar November 8, 2016

Azalea’s own Director or Research, Debbie Waldrop, was featured on KETK East Texas Live discussing the recent clinical research at Azalea and how it positively impacts patients! Learn how the clinical research study process works and Azalea’s two current FDA approved studies with Dr. Todd Raabe and Michael Russell on devices for back pain. Waldrop also previews a new…

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Ask An Orthopedist: Knee Replacement Surgery Incisions

Question: For a knee replacement surgery, which type of incision is the best? Almost all knee replacements are done with a straight incision over the middle of the knee.  This tends to heal well and allows us (the surgeon) good access to all parts of the knee. Have a question for one of our orthopedic surgeons? Click…

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Ask An Orthopedist: Meniscus Tear

Question: I’m 55, active, and have been diagnosed with: Subtle horizontal the tear within posterior body of the medial meniscus extending to the inferior surface and questionable subtle horizontal tear of the posterior horn medial meniscus. No displaced meniscal tissue. The doctor has provided options of either physical therapy or surgical removal of the torn…

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Azalea Orthopedics Director of Research to be Featured on East Texas Live Morning Show
Calendar October 31, 2016

Debbie Waldrop, MSN, RN, CCRC, Director of Research at Azalea Orthopedics, will speak on the importance of clinical research and how it positively affects society. Tune in to East Texas Live morning show on Friday, November 4th at 11am CST to hear about the latest research at Azalea and how it benefits patients!    Waldrop was…

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Injury Prevention for Fall Sports
Injury Prevention for Fall Sports
Calendar October 6, 2016

Fall sports are back in full swing and Azalea cares about East Texas youth sports programs and keeping athletes safe. All sports have a risk of injury but the more physical contact a sport has, the greater the risk. The American Academy of Pediatrics released their 2016 Sports Injury Prevention Tip Sheet with injury prevention…

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Back Pain Prevention Stretches: Dr. McNeil
Back Pain Prevention Stretches: Dr. McNeil
Calendar October 6, 2016

Stretching is extremely vital in injury recovery and well-being. Dr. McNeil has put together the first of many videos that explain exactly how to perform stretches at home. Dr. McNeil’s first video covers stretches that help prevent back pain. The videos aim to increase the rate of success for patients’ at home stretching. Azalea’s goal is to…

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Ask An Orthopedist: Knee Pain While Walking
Ask An Orthopedist: Knee Pain While Walking

Dr. Kim Foreman, Orthopedic Surgeon, and the Azalea Orthopedics Team answers your toughest orthopedic questions related to bone and joint pain, physical therapy, pain management and more. Question: I’ve been having pain in the back of my leg when I walk, exercise or work. I may have pulled something in my tendon. Is there some…

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Ask An Orthopedist: MRI Scan Complications
Ask An Orthopedist: MRI Scan Complications

Question: In mid June 2016 I injured my left shoulder while attempting to close a window with much force. Since then, there’s been pain and decreased range of motion. I am thinking of doing an MRI scan of my left shoulder but would like advice on the type of MRI and if my dental and…

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Knee Aspiration
Knee Aspiration

Q: I am due to get an aspiration on the front of my knee soon. How soon after will I be able to participate in a sporting event after? I have an important game three days after my aspiration. You may have a little tenderness to pressure over the front of the knee, but should be…

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Azalea Orthopedics is now offering HF10 Therapy!
Azalea Orthopedics is now offering HF10 Therapy!
Calendar September 13, 2016

HF10 Therapy is proven to give more patients more relief from both back pain and leg pain. Other Advantages include: No tingling or buzzing More freedom – Unlike other SCS systems, HF10 therapy can stay ON while you are driving or sleeping. Simple, more predictable, reversible procedure Compatible with your current pain medications Ask your…

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The Center on Grande Ground Breaking Ceremony
The Center on Grande Ground Breaking Ceremony
Calendar September 13, 2016

The Center at Grande will be the first skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility of its kind in Texas. Providing a new level of care, the center will allow patients to leave the hospital sooner after their medical procedure. The three-story complex will include 96 private patient rooms and a state of the art physical therapy…

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Ask An Orthopedist: Partial Tear in Quadriceps
Ask An Orthopedist: Partial Tear in Quadriceps

Question: What are treatment options for a partial tear in the quadriceps tendon? Make sure you rest for healing and perform regular stretching and strengthening.  Surgery is needed only for complete or near complete tears. Dr. Kim Foreman and the Azalea Orthopedics Team is ready to answers your toughest orthopedic questions related to bone and joint pain,…

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11th Annual East Texas Kick-Off Luncheon
11th Annual East Texas Kick-Off Luncheon
Calendar August 18, 2016

Azalea Orthopedics is proud to sponsor the 2016 East Texas Kick-Off Luncheon in the celebration of the beginning of another high school football season in East Texas. Guest speaker Tyler Campbell, Azalea Orthopedics’ Dr. Kim Foreman, city officials, school officials, football coaches and more filled the Green Acres Baptist Church Crosswalk Conference Center. A selected player from each…

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Line-up Announced for the 11th Annual Tyler Football Classic
Calendar August 11, 2016

Bishop Gorman Catholic High School is set to be this year’s host the 11th annual Azalea Orthopedics & TSJH Tyler Football Classic August 28 – August 30, 2016. Six area high schools will compete in the Classic, which kicks off the 2016 football season for participating teams. The Classic is rotationally hosted by Tyler area…

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ETMC Offers Robotic Surgery For Scoliosis Patients
Calendar August 3, 2016

According to the National Scoliosis Foundation, about 7 million Americans develop scoliosis during their lifetime. Dr. Michael Merrick explains the new robotic surgery offered for scoliosis patients on KETK. The procedure decreases time under anesthesia and improves accuracy for doctors. CLICK HERE to watch the video. Experiencing back pain? Schedule an appointment today to meet with…

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Ask An Orthopedist: Running After Broken Metatarsals

Question: About nine months ago, I broke five metatarsals. I recently started running and am having a lot of pain. When I wear my compression sock it feels uncomfortable and almost makes it feel worse. Am I able to wrap it with an ace bandage? What can I do to make it better? Answer: You should…

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Pepper Best for Pain
Pepper Best for Pain

A recent well respected cochrane review of fourteen randomized controlled studies ,with 2050 participants, evaluating herbal medicine treatments for low back pain found that Capsicum frutescens (Cayenne) reduced pain more than placebo. “Although this is not the most effective treatment, it is safe and can be effective for localized pain,” Dr. Chad McNeil said. “It’s nice…

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Ask An Orthopedist | Fractured Finger
Ask An Orthopedist | Fractured Finger

I fractured my proximal phalanx on the middle finger on my left hand. By the time I saw a doctor, they said it was too late to realign my bones it has started to heal. I’m worried that I might suffer complications. Any suggestions? If you had something done now it would require surgery.  If you…

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Knock Knees

Q: I am having a problem commonly referred to as, “knock knees.” Is it curable without surgery? If possible how can I cure my knock knee issues? If you are still growing then bracing can sometimes help.. If you have finished growing then braces won’t be of much benefit.  If you are flat-footed this can…

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Popping Shoulder
Popping Shoulder

Question: I am female, age 67. I play tennis 5 times per week. My right shoulder (front and top) has begun crackling, popping and catching. I am most concerned about the “catching” feeling, since I am assuming that over time, whatever is catching will tear. I have no pain. Any advice is appreciated. You may…

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Azalea Orthopedics Announces Team Roster Team for 2016 All-Star Classic Game
Azalea Orthopedics Announces Team Roster Team for 2016 All-Star Classic Game
Calendar March 28, 2016

  The Azalea Orthopedics All-Star high school basketball games have been set for April 2, 2016 in the Wagstaff Gymnasium on the Tyler Junior College campus. The game, which is in its Thirteenth year, is sponsored by Azalea Orthopedics. The Classic gives high school seniors in the East Texas area the opportunity to showcase their…

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District 16-5A foes to team up in Azalea All-Star game
Calendar March 28, 2016

Some District 16-5A rivals will become teammates for a night at the Azalea Orthopedics All-Star high school basketball games. Read more about this Azalea sponsored event from ET Final Score!

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Azalea Orthopedics Announces Coaches for 2016 All-Star Classic Game
Azalea Orthopedics Announces Coaches for 2016 All-Star Classic Game

The Azalea Orthopedics All-Star high school basketball games have been set for April 2, 2016 in the Wagstaff Gymnasium on the Tyler Junior College campus. The game, which is in its Thirteenth year, is sponsored by Azalea Orthopedics. The Classic gives high school seniors in the East Texas area the opportunity to showcase their talent…

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Dr. Clark & the QuickDASH Survey

Dr Clark along with his staff, Lisa Shuler, MA & Lacy Tippett, MA have been collecting outcome data since February 8, 2016. They now have over 400 patient’s that have completed the “QuickDASH” questionnaire. The questionnaire asks the patient how pain affects their daily activities. The questionnaire is a tool used in “person centered care”…

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Thank you for attending our Back Pain Seminar with Dr. Michael Merrick!
Calendar February 25, 2016

Thank you to all the attendees at our latest seminar, Exercise and Back Pain with Dr. Michael Merrick. A big thanks to Life Changing Fitness in Tyler for hosting the event. Look out in March for our next seminar!   

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Knee Cartilage

Azalea Orthopedics receives orthopedic questions through the Ask An Orthopedist page and provides answers from Azalea doctors!  Question: I have a grade 4 cartilage fracture on the femur of one knee. I’m in my 40’s and live a fairly active lifestyle and enjoy biking and jogging. Is this injury best repaired (for long term function) by microfracture or…

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Wrist Pain

Azalea Orthopedics receives orthopedic questions through the Ask An Orthopedist page and provides answers from Azalea doctors!  Question: I broke my wrist last year and ended up having surgery. Over the past couple weeks, I’ve started to feel pain in my wrist and almost feel like my bones are ripping apart. Could this be because of the cold…

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Azalea Orthopedics Exercise and Back Pain Seminar!
Calendar February 19, 2016

Azalea Orthopedics will be hosting an Exercise and Back Pain Seminar at Life Changing Fitness on February 24th from 5:30pm to 6:30pm. Join Dr. Michael Merrick and learn about healthy lifestyle choices and how to avoid one of the most common problems, back pain. A healthy lifestyle meal will be provided and time for questions…

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Surgery Recovery Time

Azalea Orthopedics receives orthopedic questions through the Ask An Orthopedist page and provides answers from Azalea doctors!  Question: I suffered an accident that involves avulsion fractures of my LCL and Bicep Femoris Tendon.  My surgery has been delayed for 3 weeks so far because of workmans comp.  How does this affect my recovery and how long should my…

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Ask An Orthopedist | Knee Pain Post Surgery
Ask An Orthopedist | Knee Pain Post Surgery

Question: I had surgery on my left knee for a torn meniscus in August. During surgery, my knee was also treated for joint arthritis. After finishing my PT and going back to work, I began to feel very intense knee pain in not only my left knee, but my right knee as well. I’ve been…

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Dr. Michael Merrick Will Lead Walk With a Doc
Calendar January 5, 2016

On January 7, 2016, Azalea’s Dr. Michael Merrick will be featured in Tyler Morning Telegraph’s series, Walk With a Doc, in the Health and Fitness section. Dr. Merrick will be discussing healthy spines and the most common risk factors that contribute to spine problems.  He will go over how posture, exercise, and various activities affect…

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Avoiding Injuries On Halloween
Avoiding Injuries On Halloween
Calendar October 9, 2015

With Halloween comes trick-or-treating, costumes, and pumpkin carving. These fun activities can often lead to a doctor’s visit after trips from long costumes causing bumps, bruises and even sprains or fractures. Azalea supports the Tyler community and encourages families to stay safe this Halloween! Follow these tips to ensure a safe Halloween experience: Pumpkin Carving…

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Dr. Todd Raabe Uses Robotics Guidance System for Scoliosis Surgery
Dr. Todd Raabe Uses Robotics Guidance System for Scoliosis Surgery
Calendar September 25, 2015

Azalea Orthopedics Surgeon, Dr. Todd Raabe, now performs the procedures at ETMC Tyler using the new Mazor Robotics Renaissance® guidance system. He has used this state-of-the-art technology for spine surgery more than 100 times. “It has been incredibly accurate and more reliable than any other image-guided system I’ve used,” said Dr. Raabe. “It makes me better and…

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Are my dark spots associated with my Arthritis?
Are my dark spots associated with my Arthritis?

In this Ask An Orthopedist, a patient is concerned about dark sports spotted on an x-ray for arthritis. I had a lower back x-ray done about a month ago and was told my diagnosis was arthritis. Can dark spots or black spots be indicative of arthritis? The few spots on the 2 or 3 vertebrae…

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Is my knee pain diagnosis correct?
Is my knee pain diagnosis correct?

This patient is concerned about knee pain after surgery, and may have an incorrect prior diagnosis. I tore my ACL and meniscus on my left knee playing soccer and had surgery 9 months ago. Recently, I’ve been experiencing knee pain again and was told I have a degenerative lateral meniscus, but I’m not sure what it is…

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Azalea Orthopedics Sponsors Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament
Azalea Orthopedics Sponsors Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament
Calendar September 14, 2015

Azalea was proud to be the title sponsor at the 28th Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament on Thursday September 10th at the Hollytree Country Club! This annual event benefited the Tyler Junior College Foundation. All tournament proceeds helped fund scholarships for Tyler Junior College students. As part of the Tyler Texas community, Azalea is dedicated to supporting…

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Dr. Timothy Beck Comments on Quarterback’s Injuries
Dr. Timothy Beck Comments on Quarterback’s Injuries

Chapel Hill High School’s quarterback, Konnor Hitchcock, broke his ankle at a football game and will be out for six weeks. Azalea Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Timothy Beck, comments on his injuries and the treatment process to get Hitchcock back on the field and fully recovered. Dr. Beck specializes in orthopedic surgery with an emphasis on foot…

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Ask An Orthopedist | Hip Surgery Rehab & Recovery
Ask An Orthopedist | Hip Surgery Rehab & Recovery
Calendar September 11, 2015

A family member has concern for the rehab and recovery time after a hip surgery due to the patient having Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s is just one type of dementia that can often cause problems with behavior, memory, and thinking that can make everyday tasks more difficult. Six weeks after my aunt’s hip surgery, her rehab has been slower than the…

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Ask An Orthopedist | Joint Pain from Sports
Ask An Orthopedist | Joint Pain from Sports

In this week’s Ask An Orthopedist, a patient is concerned after experiencing joint pain after playing tennis for may years and is looking for treatments or pain relief suggestions so she can continue playing the sport she loves. I have played tennis since I was 8, is it possible that I’ve developed some kind of…

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Can doing certain exercises from past physical therapy help stress fractures?
Can doing certain exercises from past physical therapy help stress fractures?

A stress fracture is a tiny crack in a bone caused by repetitive stress or force, often from overuse. This cheerleader is concerned she will get another stress fracture now that she has started physical activity again. Can doing certain exercises from her past physical therapy help? Last fall (2014) I was diagnosed with a stress…

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Thank you Dr. Anderson for you work at Azalea!
Thank you Dr. Anderson for you work at Azalea!
Calendar August 25, 2015

This week we say goodbye to Dr. Anderson as he will be leaving the Azalea Orthopedic group effective August 31st. Dr. Anderson and his family are relocating to the San Antonia area to be closer to their extended family. As with most young families, it is always fun for grandparents to be involved and watch…

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Different Genders Have Different Risks in Orthopedic Conditions
Different Genders Have Different Risks in Orthopedic Conditions

U.S. News Health elaborates on a new study that looks at the Venus-Mars divide in orthopedic conditions, or how risk, treatment, and recovery can vary by gender. As an orthopedic center on the cutting edge of orthopedic care in East Texas, Azalea focuses on the surgical and non-surgical options and risks of each option for…

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2015 East Texas Team Community Service Award
2015 East Texas Team Community Service Award
Calendar August 21, 2015

Azalea was happy to present the2015 East Texas Team Community Service Award to Tyler Junior College. We love supporting our community and our involvement with the Tyler Junior College Apaches in East Texas. Dr. Matt “Bones” Jones poses after presenting the 2015 East Texas Team Community Service Award to the Tyler Junior College Apaches, represented…

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Does a rotator cuff tear have to be repaired with open surgery?
Does a rotator cuff tear have to be repaired with open surgery?

A rotator cuff tear is a tear in the tissues connecting muscle to bone tendons around the shoulder joint. Having a torn rotator cuff can be a painful experience and most patients prefer to have the least invasive surgery as possible. If your rotator cuff is torn approximately 8 cm., does it have to be…

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Azalea Orthopedics and Texas Spine & Joint Hospital set 10th annual Tyler Football Classic
Azalea Orthopedics and Texas Spine & Joint Hospital set 10th annual Tyler Football Classic
Calendar August 14, 2015

Tyler, TX—All Saints Episcopal School is set to host the tenth annual Azalea Orthopedics and Texas Spine & Joint Hospital Tyler Football Classic August 27 – August 29, 2015. Six area high schools will compete in the Classic, which kicks off the 2015 football season for participating teams. The Classic, which is in its tenth…

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Can bone spurs grow back?
Can bone spurs grow back?

Three years after an accident, this patient is concerned with a bone spur he had removed from his hip. A bone spur, also known as osteophyte, is an outgrowth of bone that can occur along the edges of a bone. In 2006 I was in a car wreck which caused a dislocated hip, broken femur, several…

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How can I get relief from my Patellar Tendinitis without surgery?
How can I get relief from my Patellar Tendinitis without surgery?

This patient suffers from Chronic Patellar Tendinitis and is looking for relief without surgery so they can return to participating in the sports they love. I have been dealing with patellar tendinitis for 4 years now in both knees. I’ve had physical therapy countless times with no results. Just this past December, I had patellar…

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Can I grow taller?
Can I grow taller?

Jennifer is unhappy with her current height and is looking for a solution besides taller shoes. Is there any safe, fast or cheap way to grow taller? No there isn’t. Height is genetically determined and can only be potentially altered with prolonged hormone treatment  which is a neither safe nor cheap option.

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Azalea’s Chad J. McNeil Comments On New Health Trend
Azalea’s Chad J. McNeil Comments On New Health Trend
Calendar July 27, 2015

Dr. Chad J. McNeil, Azalea Orthopedics Physician specializing in Neurologic and Musculoskeletal Disorders, Back and Neck Pain, Spasticity Management and Nerve Pain, commented on a new heath trend making its way to East Texas. Cyrotherapy, the use of low temperatures to help treat certain medical conditions, has helped an east Texan who struggled to keep…

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Will inserts help my arch pain?
Will inserts help my arch pain?

A mother is concerned for her daughters aching feet during physical activity due to her flat arched foot, often known as “falling arches.” My daughter runs cross country and track in high school. She complains of aching feet.  She has been told before that she has falling arches.  Will inserts in her shoes fix the…

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The National Athletic Trainers’ Association Strengthens Treatment of Spinal Cord Injuries
The National Athletic Trainers’ Association Strengthens Treatment of Spinal Cord Injuries
Calendar July 22, 2015

At the National Athletic Trainers’ Association’s (NATA) annual convention, the executive summary of the appropriate care of the spine-injured athlete was updated from the original 1998 statement to include the removal of athletic equipment before a player goes to a hospital. “These updated recommendations are critical to ensure proper and immediate care of the athlete…

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Can I reduce my bow legs?
Can I reduce my bow legs?

Suman from Monroe isn’t in a lot of pain, but wonders if there is something that can help the gap between her legs that is often referred to as bow legs. When I stand up straight and connect my ankles, my knees don’t touch and there is a gap between my legs even when my…

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Dr. Todd Raabe Presenting at ETMC KnowledgeFirst Forum
Dr. Todd Raabe Presenting at ETMC KnowledgeFirst Forum
Calendar July 16, 2015

On Tuesday, August 4th at 6 p.m., our own Dr. Todd Raabe will present at a free KnowledgeFirst Forum at the East Texas Medical Center on the treatment of adolescent scoliosis. Dr. Raabe is a fellowship-trained adult and pediatric spine surgeon with Azalea Orthopedics who has performed more than 100 scoliosis surgeries. Dr. Raabe has…

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Would certain exercises wear out my new hip?
Would certain exercises wear out my new hip?

Loretta from Fountain Inn South Carolina wants to prolong the life of her hip replacements as long as possible and is looking for exercises that can keep her active without wearing down her implant. I had total hip replacement surgery in 2010, my surgeon using the posterior method.  My implant is Biomet titanium. I want…

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Know A Procedure: How serious is my scoliosis?
Know A Procedure: How serious is my scoliosis?

Have you ever been told to sit up straight to avoid getting scoliosis? Contrary to popular belief, scoliosis is not caused by bad posture or carrying loads on the back. Spine conditions, like scoliosis, are just one of many specialties Azalea’s doctors treat. The principal symptom of scoliosis is an abnormal curvature from behind, most…

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Does a Fractured Finger Point to Surgery?
Does a Fractured Finger Point to Surgery?

Karthik from Mexico is concerned about his fractured finger and wonders if surgery is necessary and is looking to be pointed in the right direction. Three weeks ago, I hurt my small finger on my left hand and after an Xray, found it was a mallet finger fracture. I have been wearing a splint on my…

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Know A Procedure: Swimming and Back Pain
Know A Procedure: Swimming and Back Pain
Calendar June 24, 2015

This week’s Know A Procedure focuses on one of the most common complaints: back pain. With summer officially underway, swimming and pool therapy exercises can be a fun and effective way to help your back and stay cool in the hot weather. Swimming is a great form of low impact aerobic conditioning because it is…

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Know A Procedure: The King-Devick Test
Know A Procedure: The King-Devick Test

This week’s Know a Procedure may be helpful when you’re on the sidelines of your favorite sporting event and your player takes a rough tumble. Symptoms of a concussion can often be subtle, so it can be hard to correctly diagnose one when it occurs. There are many common myths about concussions, such as always…

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Holly’s Unhappy Hips
Holly’s Unhappy Hips

Holly from Mount Pleasant isn’t in a lot of pain right now, but she wonders if her popping hips could be a sign of problems to come. I am a relatively healthy 34 y/o female.  I have noticed over the last couple of years that both of my hips pop very easily. Just turning my…

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Know a Procedure: Sacroiliitis & Treatments
Know a Procedure: Sacroiliitis & Treatments

This week’s Know a Procedure deals with a joint we’ll wager you don’t think of that often: your sacroiliac joints, or the joint where your spine meets your pelvis. It may not bend with you the same ways as your fingers do every time you type or your knees when you dance, but it plays…

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What’s up with my broken toe?
What’s up with my broken toe?

Vladimir from New Orleans has a complicated history with one of those little things you don’t realize how much you need until it’s out of commission — his big toe. Can Vladimir find a solution to his long-broken toe? Vladimir: About year ago, I had an injury to my left big toe (dislocation of the…

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Know a Procedure: Herniated Disc
Know a Procedure: Herniated Disc

This week’s Know a Procedure isn’t so much a surgery as it is a common condition. Often, when patients have a back injury that leads to a herniated, or “slipped,” disc, surgery is a last resort. Some info on herniated discs from The Mayo Clinic: A herniated disk refers to a problem with one of…

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Congrats and Best Wishes to Dr. Walker
Congrats and Best Wishes to Dr. Walker

As he begins his retirement this month, the entire Azalea Orthopedics family would like congratulate and thank Dr. Walker for his many years of service and take a quick look back at his esteemed career: A U.S. Air Force veteran, Dr. Walker completed his undergraduate work at the University of Texas at Austin, graduating in 1961. He attended…

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Spring Recap Newsletter Announcements
Spring Recap Newsletter Announcements

Welcome to your Azalea Orthopedics spring recap newsletter. Fresh veggies are here and continue to grow strong, and Azalea is growing too! This edition includes additional info on our new Mount Pleasant clinic location, our Outpatient PT clinic coming this Fall, and more. New Mount Pleasant clinic location As many may know, we’ve recently relocated the Mount…

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Know a Procedure: Carpal Tunnel Release
Know a Procedure: Carpal Tunnel Release

As more of us find ourselves behind a keyboard for hours each day professionally, instances of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome are on the rise. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, “Carpal tunnel syndrome results in the highest number of days lost among all work related injuries. Almost half of the carpal tunnel cases result…

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Could it be a broken leg after all?
Could it be a broken leg after all?

Allison from East Palatka, Florida has been in pain since an injury, despite a clear x-ray. Could her leg be broken after all? Dr. Foreman is here to help! Question: I injured my lower leg and foot three weeks ago and still can not walk on it. I’m still in a lot of pain and…

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Oh, my aching back!
Oh, my aching back!

Karen from Overton, Texas writes this week wondering what to do about ongoing back pain. “I have chronic low back pain. I’m looking for exercises to help with the pain. Can you recommend any?” Breaking Muscle has a great list of solutions for back pain from changes you can make in your everyday posture and…

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Becker’s Spine Review Names Azalea Specialist a 2015 “Spine Surgeon Leader to Know”
Becker’s Spine Review Names Azalea Specialist a 2015 “Spine Surgeon Leader to Know”

Becker’s Spine Review, the spinal medicine publication from the Becker’s family of leading medical reviews, has named Azalea spine specialist Dr. Todd M. Raabe a 2015 “Spine Surgeon Leader to Know.” From Becker’s: Spine surgeon leaders to know: Dr. Todd M. Raabe of Azalea Orthopedics Todd M. Raabe, MD, subspecializes in adult and pediatric spinal…

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Know a Procedure | Torn Meniscus Repair
Know a Procedure | Torn Meniscus Repair

One of the most common injuries of the knee joint is a torn meniscus, or damage to the disc of cartilage that cushions the knee joint. Fortunately, the procedure is a routine and easy one with a relatively quick recovery time. Learn all about arthroscopic torn meniscus repair surgery below:

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My broken finger didn’t heal right. Can it be fixed?
My broken finger didn’t heal right. Can it be fixed?

“My ring finger on the right hand is basically bent and will not stay straight. I believe it is from an injury years ago that was not treated. The knuckle is much bigger than the other ring finger and I have been having some pain in the knuckle/inside of the finger. “I have noticed more…

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Gilmer Buckeyes Win 2015 Azalea Orthopedics 7 on 7 Tournament
Gilmer Buckeyes Win 2015 Azalea Orthopedics 7 on 7 Tournament

Congratulations to the Gilmer Buckeyes, winners of 2015’s 16th Annual Azalea Orthopedics 7 0n 7 football tournament. Joe Dodd from the Gilmer Mirror has the wrap-up: The Gilmer Buckeyes, who will be defending state champions of 4A Division II when they take the field this fall, defeated the Liberty-Eylau Leopards, 31-21, in the championship round…

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Settling in at the new Mount Pleasant clinic
Settling in at the new Mount Pleasant clinic

Hey there, Mount Pleasant patients! As you may know, we’ve recently relocated the Mount Pleasant clinic to 305 West 20th Street. As you can see, the MP team is all settled in and ready to provide top-quality medical care to all. Don’t forget, you can make an appointment via the Azalea Patient Portal at any…

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Dr. Jones Talks Concussion Tech with KETK
Dr. Jones Talks Concussion Tech with KETK
Calendar April 30, 2015

Azalea’s Dr. “Bones” Jones talks to KETK NBC about ‪concussions and the latest tech used to combat them on the field. From KETK NBC: The latest in concussion technology Tyler, TX (KETK) Concussions continue to be a huge problem among athletes.  Scientists all around the country are working on different ways to detect concussions.  Some of…

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What does my MRI report mean?
What does my MRI report mean?

On today’s Ask an Orthopedist, Kelvin all the way in Singapore needs Dr. Foreman’s help interpreting the results of an MRI on his spine. Hi Dr, I had an MRI recently for my back but I don’t quite understand the report. It’d be great if you can help me interpret it. The vertebrae are numbered…

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Concussion Safety and Youth Sports Safety Month
Concussion Safety and Youth Sports Safety Month
Calendar April 23, 2015

In honor of Youth Sports Safety Month, let’s visit a topic that has many parents and coaches concerned when it comes to young athletes: concussions. A concussion is a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in which an impact to the body – usually a blow to the head or any hit resulting in whiplash – causes…

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2015 Azalea Orthopedics All-Star High School Classic Results
2015 Azalea Orthopedics All-Star High School Classic Results
Calendar April 22, 2015

On April 11, 2015 the best of East Texas high school basketball took the court at Tyler Junior College’s Wagstaff Gymnasium for the 12th annual Azalea Orthopedics All-Star High School Classic game. In the boys’ game, All-Star East won against the West 91-66. For a full break-down of the action, see Brandon Ogden of the…

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How do I treat my torn meniscus?
How do I treat my torn meniscus?

I am a 32 year old male who injured his knee in high school weightlifting (squats). It went un-diagnosed until this last week. MRI results revealed a torn meniscus (the exterior), and osteoarthritis. My orthopedic doctor has recommended Euflexxa to manage the OA and prolong the life of my knee before surgery (hopefully) decades down…

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Is My Son’s Broken Leg Healing Right?
Is My Son’s Broken Leg Healing Right?

Q: My son had broken his leg broken 3 weeks ago playing a winter sport (fibula and tibia) that night he had a titanium rod and screws put in. He has noticed that leg goes out more to the right than the other leg. We had it measured and the left leg was 21 degrees…

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2015 Azalea Orthopedics All-Star High School Classic
2015 Azalea Orthopedics All-Star High School Classic
Calendar March 31, 2015

Join Azalea in celebrating local excellence in youth sports for the 12th Annual Azalea Orthopedics All-Star High School Classic. Doors open at 5 p.m. with the girls’ game tipping off at 5:30 and the boys’ at about 7. Adult tickets at $6 and children under 10 are only $3. All proceeds benefit the Bethesda Health…

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Azalea’s Dan Fuller on the 2015 All-Star Classic
Azalea’s Dan Fuller on the 2015 All-Star Classic
Calendar March 30, 2015

Azalea’s Sports Medicine Coordinator, Daniel Fuller, talks to the Tyler Morning Telegraph about this year’s Azalea All-Star Classic. From TylerPaper.com: All-Stars ready for game The stars will be out on the Tyler Junior College campus on April 11 and has nothing to do with the school’s planetarium. Some of East Texas’ best basketball players will…

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Azalea’s Dr. Michaels Talks “Walk With A Doc”
Azalea’s Dr. Michaels Talks “Walk With A Doc”
Calendar March 14, 2015

Azalea physician Dr. James Michaels talks genes and Walk With A Doc with the Tyler Morning Telegraph. From TylerPaper.com: Azalea Orthopedics doctor lead this week’s walk Dr. James Michaels, a physician at Azalea Orthopedics, leads this week’s Walk with a Doc event on Thursday and will discuss medications and genetics. Walk with a Doc is…

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Azalea Alum’s Life-Saving Concussion Call
Azalea Alum’s Life-Saving Concussion Call
Calendar March 8, 2015

Azalea Orthopedics is proud of the quick thinking actions of one if its alums, athletic trainer Michael Rich. Read all about his life-saving concussion call in the Longview News-Journal. From the Longview News-Journal: Spring Hill athletic trainer to be honored for life-saving action Baseball is about the little things. Life is about the little things.…

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Happy Retirement, Joyce!
Happy Retirement, Joyce!
Calendar February 11, 2015

After 26 years of loyal service to Azalea, our beloved Joyce is retiring today. From all the Azalea Orthopedics physicians and staff, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your service over the years. We love you and will miss you dearly. See the whole gallery on Azalea’s Facebook page!

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Dual Tommy John Surgery Success with Azalea
Dual Tommy John Surgery Success with Azalea
Calendar February 9, 2015

Injuries to the elbow’s Tommy John ligament are all to common in pitchers due to the repetitive stresses of throwing thousands of pitches at high speeds. When TJ injuries struck Tyler Junior College pitchers Drew Robertson and Jimmy Johnson, Azalea got them back to normal fast and back in the game. From KLTV 7: TJC…

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Ways to Learn and Connect with Azalea Orthopedics in 2015
Ways to Learn and Connect with Azalea Orthopedics in 2015
Calendar January 28, 2015

At Azalea Orthopedics, we made 2014 our year to better connect with you online. Let us count the ways: Patient Portal: The FollowMyHealth portal is your 24/7, online resource to help send and receive secure messages to/from your physician, request prescription refills, schedule/review appointments, setup appointment reminders, and more. Although this has not been without…

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Azalea Orthopedics Year in Review
Azalea Orthopedics Year in Review
Calendar January 28, 2015

2014 was an exciting year for Azalea Orthopedics. We acquired a new clinic, welcomed new doctors, and even won a few awards! We welcomed new faces… Two new doctors joined our staff this year, Dr. Kummerfeld and Dr. Anderson. Dr. Kummerfeld is a native of Tyler, returning to the city after a fellowship in Los…

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Becker’s Spine Review: Robot Revolution? 70 spine surgeons using robotic systems
Becker’s Spine Review: Robot Revolution? 70 spine surgeons using robotic systems
Calendar December 15, 2014

Becker’s Spine Review, the spine publication of the Becker’s Healthcare family of reviews, recognizes Azalea’s spine specialist Dr. Raabe and his use of robotic technology during spinal surgery. From Becker’s Spine Review: Robot Revolution? 70 spine surgeons using robotic systems By Laura Dyrda December 15, 2014 Is robotic technology becoming more common in spine surgery?…

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Ask an Orthopedist – Do I really need surgery for my torn meniscus?
Ask an Orthopedist – Do I really need surgery for my torn meniscus?

Question: I got injured about ten weeks ago and I just had an MRI taken.  Here are the results: fluid behind the knee cap, posterior tear lateral horn of meniscus extensive, all the way through, and a popliteal cyst.  Lastly, I can’t straighten my knee either and I don’t want atrophy.  Are there any alternatives…

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Ask An Orthopedist – Can I make my broken leg heal faster?
Ask An Orthopedist – Can I make my broken leg heal faster?

Question: Years ago I was diagnosed with Osteopenia, I had regular Dexa Scans and was told last year that my bones had sufficiently recovered so I didn’t have to go anymore. In addition, I had Patella Malalignment and physio as well.  Then three weeks ago I broke both bones in my lower leg and dislocated my…

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Ask an Orthopedist – Why can’t I run without knee pain?
Ask an Orthopedist – Why can’t I run without knee pain?

Question: I have been having severe knee pains ever since I started running track. I run long distances and whenever I finish running I can’t walk without a limp and lots of pain for about a week and up to one month. When I went to the doctor I was told that it was just…

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Ask an Orthopedist – Could I have something more than tennis elbow?
Ask an Orthopedist – Could I have something more than tennis elbow?

Question: Two weeks ago I was told I have tennis elbow, I was prescribed only prednisone for a week, however the pain is still excruciating. The pain is in the inside of my elbow; I can’t sit with my arms down while typing due to the pain when my elbow touches the table. It feels like…

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Ask an Orthopedist – Help! My sprained LCL isn’t healing.
Ask an Orthopedist – Help! My sprained LCL isn’t healing.

Question: I had an MRI eight months ago on my left knee.  It showed that my lateral collateral tendon is strained/sprained (not sure which of the two), and I have fluid on the knee.  I have been receiving steroid injections into the knee every month, because the knee hurts me so bad.  The shots used…

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Ask an Orthopedist – Is my ankle sprain healing right?
Ask an Orthopedist – Is my ankle sprain healing right?

Question: I sprained my ankle a little over a month ago and went to the doctor the next day. It was severely swollen and I was completely incapable of walking on it for about a week. I am able to put pressure on it now and swelling has gone done, but there still is swelling…

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Ask an Orthopedist – Is my knee replacement coming apart?
Ask an Orthopedist – Is my knee replacement coming apart?

Question: Dr. Foreman, my patella (kneecap) has been doing well and I have been working on getting more flexibility, but the other day a prominent bump appeared on the superior/medial part of the patella and it is painful. It looks and feels like one of the pins has shifted or rotated and is trying to…

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Ask an Orthopedist – What should I do about my injured wrist?
Ask an Orthopedist – What should I do about my injured wrist?

Question: I recently injured my wrist. How long is too long to wait on a scaphoid injury? Meaning, how quickly does necrosis set in? Dr. Foreman Says: The sooner the better. Not all scaphoid fractures result in avascular necrosis – some just don’t heal. But the longer you go without treatment the less chance there…

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Ask An Orthopedist – How do I treat my ankle sprain at home?
Ask An Orthopedist – How do I treat my ankle sprain at home?

Question: I’m 13 years old. About a week ago I was doing aerials (handless cartwheels) in gymnastics and my ankle started to hurt so I stopped. That weekend I had a soccer game and I got knocked into and I fell. Since then it’s been pretty swollen and very painful. I can still walk but…

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Casting options for 3-year-old with arm fracture
Casting options for 3-year-old with arm fracture

Question: My 3-year old daughter fell down and the result of the x-rays /XR WRIST RIGHT/ is: “Minimal buckling is seen, distal radius and distal ulna most consistent with minimal torus ulna approximately 1 cm from the growth plate of the distal radius and the distal aspect of the ulna. Minimal buckling of the distal radius…

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Can a slightly torn ACL cause everlasting knee issues?
Can a slightly torn ACL cause everlasting knee issues?

Question: I have had constant knee problems over the last ten years. I am 23 years old, and when I was 14, I hurt my knee playing football. When I initially got my knee checked out, I was told that I had a bruise and a slightly torn ACL. The doctor told me that three…

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When is it time for surgery to treat bunions? What is the recovery time and process?
When is it time for surgery to treat bunions? What is the recovery time and process?

Question: My daughter has bunions on both feet. The one on her right foot is worse and has been very painful for years. She saw a podiatrist a couple of years back and was told she would need surgery. She has orthotics that she wears as a college athlete, she is on her cleats many hours…

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Is it normal for my feet to point outward?
Is it normal for my feet to point outward?

Question: My feet point outwards especially my right one, when I try to point it straight it hurts my knee. Is this normal? Answer: The outward turning of your feet is how you were made – there is nothing you can do about it. Trying to walk with your feet straight will only make your…

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How can you treat an aging knee problem?
How can you treat an aging knee problem?

Question: How can you treat an aging knee problem, for a hobby and sports dad? Answer: I am assuming your problem is arthritis. Treatment depends on your age, activity level, and severity of the arthritis. Treatment options include medication, joint supplements, bracing, and knee replacement. The right choice can only be chosen after evaluating your…

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What causes my hip to lock when standing from a sitting position?
What causes my hip to lock when standing from a sitting position?

Question: Sometimes when I try to stand from a sitting position my hip will lock causing excruciating pain. This started a couple years ago, but when I went to the doctor he didn’t seem too concerned. Just said it was old age arthritis. Even standing it would sometimes lock up at the hip joint. Answer:…

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Wrist surgery has not relieved pain. What can be done?
Wrist surgery has not relieved pain. What can be done?

Question: My father had surgery to fuse his left wrist together. He has little to no cartilage left in his wrist and was looking for any kind of pain relief. Since then, he is still in the same amount of pain, and has limited mobility now. The Doctor doesn’t seem interested in trying to figure…

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At what point is an MRI necessary when having knee pain?
At what point is an MRI necessary when having knee pain?

Question: My daughter injured her knee last year running hurdles. We have seen a local orthopedist, and he said she had a partially torn meniscus and it should heal on its own. Her knee was fine during summer, but with cheerleading and softball her knee hurts and swells. Should we get an MRI of the…

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How long will a sprained thumb take to heal?
How long will a sprained thumb take to heal?

Question: About 3 weeks ago, I sprained my thumb. Currently, it’s still painful to do a few activities. 90% of what I do causes no pain. However, my hand was accidentally slapped and I saw stars for a few minutes. It causes pain when I bend my thumb up. What is the cause of the…

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When screws from surgery are removed, will their holes fill up with new bone?
When screws from surgery are removed, will their holes fill up with new bone?

Question: One and a half years ago I broke my forearm, both ulna and radius. I will soon remove the plate and screws. When the screws are removed, will their holes fill up with new bone? Answer: Yes they will. It takes about 6 weeks for that to happen so you’ll need to be a…

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Pinched nerve or just a tight muscle?
Pinched nerve or just a tight muscle?

Question: I am having a sharp pain under my left shoulder blade any sudden movement, cough, or when I press on the back of my neck sends a sharp pain. When I lay down about the only relief I get is to lay on that shoulder. Is is possible just a tight muscle or is…

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Does a torn labrum require surgery? How long is the recovery?
Does a torn labrum require surgery? How long is the recovery?

Question: Hi, my son has a torn labrum, “SLAP TEAR” and is a baseball player for Letourneau University. Does this normally require surgery and how long of a recovery before back to playing baseball? Answer: Athletes involved in overhead sport – baseball, tennis, swimming, volleyball, among others – typically don’t do well with labral tears…

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How long does it take for a bruised hip or lower back to heal?
How long does it take for a bruised hip or lower back to heal?

Question: In April I was thrown from my horse. The doctor said I bruised my hips and lower back. I still have severe pain in my lower back when I move or sit. Would bruised hips and lower back still cause this much pain and discomfort several months later? Answer: A bruise/strain/sprain should be 90-95%…

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Are there other options besides surgery for cuff and labrum tears?
Are there other options besides surgery for cuff and labrum tears?

Question: Had surgery in January and still in pain. Had another MRI, it showed 2 tears in rotor cuff and labrum tear. The company will not let me come back; I climb poles for a phone company. I’ve worked 35 years with this company, not sure I want to go through another surgery. Do I have…

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Azalea spine specialist Dr. Michael Russell named a “Spine Surgeon to Know in 2014”
Azalea spine specialist Dr. Michael Russell named a “Spine Surgeon to Know in 2014”
Calendar October 20, 2014

Becker’s Spine Review, a quarterly publication on the practice of spinal medicine, has named Azalea spine specialist Dr. Michael Russell as one of its 240 “Spine Surgeons to Know” for 2014. The profile highlights Dr. Russell’s interest in treating spinal deformities and injuries, along with his legal work regarding the Affordable Care Act. Dr. Russell…

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Congratulations, Dr. Anderson!
Congratulations, Dr. Anderson!
Calendar October 20, 2014

Congratulations to our newest partner! The Azalea Orthopedics Board of Directors voted last week to extend Azalea physician Dr. Cody Anderson an offer of partnership in the company. Dr. Anderson specializes in fracture and major trauma care, hip and knee replacements, and sports medicine at the main Azalea office on Golden Road. Please congratulate him…

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Results of the Tyler Football Classic
Results of the Tyler Football Classic
Calendar September 9, 2014

The 9th annual Azalea Orthopedics and Texas Spine and Joint Hospital Tyler Football Classic was held last week at Mewbourne Field at All Saints Episcopal School in Tyler. For the first time ever in the history of the series, all three games were televised live on KCEB. We would like to express our gratitude to…

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Ask an Orthopedist with Dr. Kim Foreman: Unruly Ulna
Ask an Orthopedist with Dr. Kim Foreman: Unruly Ulna

Azalea’s “Ask an Orthopedist” service allows anyone to submit orthopedic questions online. Recently, a patient reached out with this issue involving a previous injury: Question: Eleven years ago I had plates and screws put in my left ulna and radius due to a very serious break. The doctor who had done the surgery told me…

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Should I get a bone density test? Risk factors for osteoporosis
Should I get a bone density test? Risk factors for osteoporosis
Calendar September 9, 2014

Osteoporosis (literally “porous bones”) is a disease in which the bones lose density over time, become weak, and are more likely to break. According to the National Institutes of Health, more than 40 million people in the U.S. either already have osteoporosis or at a high risk of developing osteoporosis due to low bone mass. Older…

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Welcome home Dr. Kummerfeld!
Welcome home Dr. Kummerfeld!
Calendar September 5, 2014

Today we’re happy to feature an interview with the latest physician addition to the Azalea Orthoteam, Dr. David Kummerfeld, an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in treating shoulders and elbows. Although Dr. Kummerfeld comes to Azalea via Los Angeles, he is no stranger to Tyler. Dr. Kummerfeld was born and raised here and is a graduate…

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Manage your health this fall with the Azalea Patient Portal
Manage your health this fall with the Azalea Patient Portal
Calendar September 5, 2014

With classes and school athletics starting back up, and cold and flu season approaching, taking care of your family’s health can sometimes feel like a full-time job. Luckily, Azalea Orthopedics is making it easier than ever to manage you and your family’s patient experience. Visit our website at azaleaortho.com and create your own “My Patient…

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Taking the Field – Girls and Sports
Taking the Field – Girls and Sports

By Leslie Fossey My daughter, Erica, played recreational and club soccer until she turned 13. She has loved both soccer and dance since she was a small child. But her last few years of soccer were problematic due to injuries, especially to her knee. When she made the drill team in middle school, almost every…

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Azalea Orthopedics and Texas Spine and Joint Hospital Present 2014 Tyler Football Classic Aug. 28-30
Azalea Orthopedics and Texas Spine and Joint Hospital Present 2014 Tyler Football Classic Aug. 28-30
Calendar August 18, 2014

Azalea Orthopedics and Texas Spine and Joint Hospital are proud to present the 2014 Tyler Football Classic. Now in its ninth year, the annual gridiron classic matches up six area high schools for three games over three days starting August 28, 2014. Please watch here to learn more about the exciting kick-off to this year’s…

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Azeala Orthopedics Welcomes Dr. David Kummerfield to the Team
Azeala Orthopedics Welcomes Dr. David Kummerfield to the Team

Tyler, Texas, Aug. 12, 2014 – Azalea Orthopedics, an orthopedic surgery, sports medicine and pain management provider in East Texas, today announced the addition of Dr. David Kummerfield to the center’s distinguished roster of orthopedic specialists. “Dr. Kummerfield is renowned leader in his field and is a great addition to the Azalea team,” said Azalea Orthopedics…

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Azalea Orthopedics Acquires East Texas Orthopaedics
Azalea Orthopedics Acquires East Texas Orthopaedics

Tyler, Texas, Aug. 6, 2014 – Azalea Orthopedics announced today the acquisition of East Texas Orthopaedics. The purchase further expands Azalea Orthopedics’ reach in East Texas and will greatly enhance the experience for the patients of both practices. “We’re excited about this tremendous opportunity to acquire East Texas Orthopaedics,” said Azalea Orthopedics CEO Terry Pace, MBA,…

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The Second Annual ETSN.fm + ACEP Football Recruiting Combine is Sunday, June 1
The Second Annual ETSN.fm + ACEP Football Recruiting Combine is Sunday, June 1

TYLER – You are cordially invited to the second annual ETSN.fm +APEC Football Recruiting Combine, powered by Azalea Orthopedics, on Sunday, June 1 in Tyler. The event, which will feature more than 100 of the East Texas’ top prospects from the 2015 and 2016 classes, will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at…

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A Rare Disease and Dr. Clark’s Life-Saving Surgery
A Rare Disease and Dr. Clark’s Life-Saving Surgery

On December 30th, 2013, Joe Scally applied a dermatologist-prescribed cream for the removal of pre-cancerous cells – he never expected that within days he would almost lose a limb, or worse. The next day Joe headed to the gym, when he noticed his arm had begun to hurt. He arrived home and found he’d had…

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Dr. John Camp Discusses Boston Marathon with KTBB
Dr. John Camp Discusses Boston Marathon with KTBB
Calendar April 23, 2014

Dr. Camp, orthopedic surgeon, talks the Boston Marathon with KTBB. Listen in and learn about Azalea’s own marathon runner.

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Azalea Orthopedics Partners with ETMC Pittsburg
Azalea Orthopedics Partners with ETMC Pittsburg

April 9, 2014 Azalea Orthopedics today announced its affiliation with East Texas Medical Center (ETMC) Pittsburg. The affiliation expands Azalea Orthopedics’ reach throughout East Texas, welcoming new patients as well as providing increased convenience for existing patients. Eight Azalea orthopedic surgeons will expand their practices to ETMC Pittsburg: Cody Anderson, MD, Carey A. Clark III,…

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Azalea Orthopedics Announces Coaches and Team Members for 2014 All-Star Classic Game
Azalea Orthopedics Announces Coaches and Team Members for 2014 All-Star Classic Game
Calendar April 3, 2014

The Azalea Orthopedics All-Star high school basketball games have been set for April 12, 2014 in the Wagstaff Gymnasium on the Tyler Junior College campus. The game, which is in its eleventh year, is sponsored by Azalea Orthopedics. The Classic gives high school seniors in the East Texas area the opportunity to showcase their talent…

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Combating Back Spasms
Combating Back Spasms
Calendar March 3, 2014

By: Leslie Fossey, Marketing Director, Azalea Orthopedics Featured in Tyler Today  Recently, I got a call from a good friend who is an avid racquetball player. Earlier that morning he had been playing a rough game of racquetball and dove for the perfect shot.  When he landed, pain shot across his back and this true…

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Dr. Michaels Discusses Body Aches and the Weather with KETK
Dr. Michaels Discusses Body Aches and the Weather with KETK
Calendar October 17, 2013

Body Aches Predicting the Forecast from KETKNBC.com Many East Texans complain of body pain, aching joints and knee pressure when inclement weather is headed their way. Dr. Jimmy Michaels of Azalea talks about this phenomenon and its causes on KETK.  

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Brain Change: Keeping your Balance
Brain Change: Keeping your Balance

Featured in Tyler Today Magazine By: Leslie Fossey, Marketing Director, Azalea Orthopedics Losing your balance can be quite scary. There is nothing quite like free-falling down the stairs or tripping over a toy to send you sailing in the air. As we grow older our brain actually changes, making us even more susceptible to falls.…

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Azalea Orthopedics South Broadway Clinic Open Monday, August 5
Azalea Orthopedics South Broadway Clinic Open Monday, August 5

Azalea Orthopedics proudly opens a new, state-of-the-art clinic at 8101 South Broadway Avenue on Monday, August 5. The clinic expands Azalea’s services into South Tyler, making quality orthopedic care from the largest and most experienced orthopedic team more accessible for the East Texas community. The spacious clinic will be staffed by four of Azalea’s esteemed…

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Summer Sports Safety Tips
Summer Sports Safety Tips

Maximize fun and minimize pain with the following safety tips for you or your child’s favorite summer sports! Tennis At Azalea, we see patients with tennis elbow constantly, so we understand the pain it can cause. Tennis Elbow is a difficult to treat inflammation of the tendons that join the forearm muscles and bone on…

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Azalea Orthopedics is Top Performer in Patient Satisfaction
Azalea Orthopedics is Top Performer in Patient Satisfaction

Tyler, Texas ― Azalea Orthopedics is dedicated to patient satisfaction, having ranked in the 95th percentile as determined by the leader in health care performance improvement, Press Ganey Associates, Inc. in early 2013. Azalea has made patient satisfaction a priority for its staff. A ranking in the 95th percentile means that the Azalea patients’ overall…

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Spring Sports Safety Tips
Spring Sports Safety Tips

If your child participates in baseball, softball or running, pass these tips along to avoid common injuries and keep them in the game. Baseball and Softball The most common injury sustained in baseball is damage to the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL), which stabilizes the elbow. Damaging or tearing this ligament requires a difficult recovery process.…

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Azalea Orthopedics Announces All-Star East and West Teams for Games
Azalea Orthopedics Announces All-Star East and West Teams for Games
Calendar April 2, 2013

The Azalea Orthopedics All-Star high school basketball games have been set for April 13, 2013 at the Wagstaff Gymnasium on the Tyler Junior College campus. “We are proud to announce this year’s team players for the 2013 Azalea All-Star games, the committee members believe these high caliber players will make for an exciting event,” says…

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Azalea Orthopedics Announces All-Star Tenth Anniversary Game 2013 Coaches
Azalea Orthopedics Announces All-Star Tenth Anniversary Game 2013 Coaches
Calendar March 27, 2013

The Azalea Orthopedics All-Star high school basketball games have been set for April 13, 2013 at the Wagstaff Gymnasium on the Tyler Junior College campus. “The Wagstaff Gymnasium has been perfect for our games.  The gymnasium has a great look and brings the fans a little closer to the action on the court,” says Dan…

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Texas Spine & Joint Renovating Rose City Baptist
Texas Spine & Joint Renovating Rose City Baptist
Calendar January 29, 2013

Texas Spine & Joint renovating church Texas Spine & Joint Hospital is renovating the former Rose City Baptist Church, a 4,900-square-foot facility at 8101 S. Broadway Ave. for an urgent care facility.

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Azalea Expansion of Services
Azalea Expansion of Services
Calendar January 29, 2013

It is an exciting time for Azalea Orthopedics and our patients! We are thrilled to announce that we are growing and expanding our services to a new clinic in South Tyler. The address for the new location is 8101 South Broadway at the Texas Spine and Joint Urgent Care Center located directly across from the…

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No Azalea Orthopedic Patients are Affected by the Reported Meningitis Outbreak
No Azalea Orthopedic Patients are Affected by the Reported Meningitis Outbreak
Calendar October 5, 2012

No Azalea Orthopedic patients are affected by the reported Meningitis outbreak. We have confirmed with Texas Spine and Joint Hospital, Trinity Mother Francis Health System, and East Texas Medical Center that their hospitals do not use compound steroids for epidural steroid injections, like those associated with the Meningitis outbreak. Thus, none of our patients are…

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Seventh Annual Azalea Football Classic
Seventh Annual Azalea Football Classic
Calendar August 14, 2012

Click here to read more. Tyler, TX—Grace Community School is set to host the seventh annual Azalea Orthopedics & TSJH Tyler Football Classic August 30-September 1, 2012. Six area high schools will compete in the Classic, which kicks off the 2012-13 football season for participating teams.

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Delaware Sports Medicine Surgeon, Michael J. Axe, MD Receives AOSSM’s Highest Award
Delaware Sports Medicine Surgeon, Michael J. Axe, MD Receives AOSSM’s Highest Award
Calendar July 19, 2012

Click here to read more. From AOSSM Michael J. Axe, MD of First State Orthopaedics in Newark, Delaware was presented with the 2012 Robert E. Leach Mr. Sports Medicine award during the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine’s (AOSSM) Annual Meeting in Baltimore, MD on Saturday, July 14th.

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Oregon Sports Medicine Orthopaedist, Stanley L. James, MD Inducted into AOSSM Hall of Fame
Oregon Sports Medicine Orthopaedist, Stanley L. James, MD Inducted into AOSSM Hall of Fame
Calendar July 19, 2012

Click here to read more. From AOSSM Studying the benefits and hazards of running was just one piece of Dr. Stanley L. James esteemed medical career.

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Champ Baker, Jr., MD, Georgia-Based, Orthopaedic Surgeon Inducted into AOSSM Hall of Fame
Champ Baker, Jr., MD, Georgia-Based, Orthopaedic Surgeon Inducted into AOSSM Hall of Fame
Calendar July 19, 2012

Click here to read more. From AOSSM Champ L. Baker, Jr., MD, was inducted into the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine’s (AOSSM) Hall of Fame at its’ Annual Meeting in Baltimore, MD on Friday, July 13th.

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Christopher D. Harner, MD, UPMC Orthopaedic Surgeon, Installed as AOSSM President
Christopher D. Harner, MD, UPMC Orthopaedic Surgeon, Installed as AOSSM President
Calendar July 19, 2012

Click here to read more. From AOSSM Christopher D. Harner, MD, Medical Director for the UPMC (University of Pittsburgh Medicine Center) Center for Sports Medicine will be installed as the 41st president of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) on Saturday, July 14th, 2012, during the Society’s Annual Meeting in Baltimore, MD (July…

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American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) Presents Prestigious Research Awards at Annual Meeting
American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) Presents Prestigious Research Awards at Annual Meeting
Calendar July 19, 2012

Click here to read more. From AOSSM In order to recognize and encourage cutting-edge research in key areas of orthopaedic sports medicine, the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) will present ten research awards and seven grants during its Annual Meeting, July 12-15 in Baltimore, MD.

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Undergoing Multiple ACL Surgeries Allows Patients to Regain Basic Function, But Not Full Activity Study Shows
Undergoing Multiple ACL Surgeries Allows Patients to Regain Basic Function, But Not Full Activity Study Shows
Calendar July 19, 2012

Click here to read more. From AOSSM Patients who undergo repeated anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstructions, or repeat revision surgery, are unlikely to return to prior activity levels despite showing basic functional improvement according to research being presented at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine’s (AOSSM) Annual Meeting today.

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Hip Reconstruction Technique Provides Good Outcomes for Athletes Utilizing autograft returns players to field
Hip Reconstruction Technique Provides Good Outcomes for Athletes Utilizing autograft returns players to field
Calendar July 19, 2012

Click here to read more. From AOSSM A common, painful hip condition in elite athletes may be able to be repaired with an improved surgical technique, according to researchers presenting their work at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine’s Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland today.

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Osteoarthritis Risk Not Diminished in Double Bundle ACL Surgeries
Osteoarthritis Risk Not Diminished in Double Bundle ACL Surgeries
Calendar July 19, 2012

Click here to read more. From AOSSM Osteoarthritis progression is not more likely in patients who have undergone single-bundle ACL reconstruction, says researchers presenting their work today at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine’s Annual Meeting in Baltimore.

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Common Athletic Hip Disorder Increases Chances for Sports Hernia, Study Suggests
Common Athletic Hip Disorder Increases Chances for Sports Hernia, Study Suggests
Calendar July 19, 2012

Click here to read more. From AOSSM A sports hernia is a common cause of groin pain in athletes, however until lately little has been known as to why they occur.

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Non-Surgical Treatment of Common Shoulder Injury in Baseball Players May Increase Chances of Return-to-Play
Non-Surgical Treatment of Common Shoulder Injury in Baseball Players May Increase Chances of Return-to-Play
Calendar July 19, 2012

Click here to read more. From AOSSM Surgically repairing a painful shoulder injury in baseball players known as a SLAP tear (superior labral) varies widely and often doesn’t allow for return to play at the same level as before the injury.

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Concussions Affect College Players at High Rates Too, Study Says
Concussions Affect College Players at High Rates Too, Study Says
Calendar July 19, 2012

Click here to read more. From AOSSM As interest in concussion rates and prevention strategies at all levels continues to grow, one population that appears to have increasing head injury rates is collegiate football players.

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Azalea 2012 All-Star Classic
Azalea 2012 All-Star Classic
Calendar April 16, 2012

Click here to read more. From CBS19.com Azalea All-Stars Light Up Scoreboards at Wagstaff

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Fit City Success
Fit City Success
Calendar February 27, 2012

Click here to read more. From CBS19.com Fit City Success: Azalea Orthopedics–The Fit City Challenge is catching on at businesses around Tyler. They’re starting their own weight loss challenges; one of those places being Azalea Orthopedics.

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Non-Invasive Treatment for Osteo-Arthritis
Non-Invasive Treatment for Osteo-Arthritis
Calendar November 15, 2011

Click here to read more. From CBS19TV.com BioniCare is shocking those in the medical industry, and could keep patients out of the operating room for years.

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BioniCare
BioniCare
Calendar November 15, 2011

Click here to read more. From KETKNBC.com BioniCare is a new treatment for osteoarthritis of the knee. Dr Patrick Wupperman of Azalea talks about it on ETL (East Texas Live)

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Texas Spine and Joint Physician Named Laureate of the Year
Texas Spine and Joint Physician Named Laureate of the Year
Calendar November 15, 2011

Click here to read more. From KLTV.com

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Heads Up For Student Athletes
Heads Up For Student Athletes
Calendar November 15, 2011

Click here to read more. From CBS19.com

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Azalea All-Star Basketball Game Preview
Azalea All-Star Basketball Game Preview
Calendar November 15, 2011

Click here to read more. From CBS19.com

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Covalt, Hatten Picked For 2011 Azalea All-Star Game
Covalt, Hatten Picked For 2011 Azalea All-Star Game
Calendar November 15, 2011

Click here to read more. From Bullard Banner News

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4 Ways Orthopedic Surgeons Can Improve Patient Satisfaction
4 Ways Orthopedic Surgeons Can Improve Patient Satisfaction
Calendar November 15, 2011

Click here to read more. From Becker’s Orthopedic and Spine Review

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Health Care Ruling May Affect Tyler Hospital’s Case
Health Care Ruling May Affect Tyler Hospital’s Case
Calendar November 15, 2011

Click here to read more. From TylerPaper.com

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Florida ACA Ruling Impacts Physician Owned Hospitals
Florida ACA Ruling Impacts Physician Owned Hospitals
Calendar November 15, 2011

Click here to read more. From Orthopedics This Week

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5 Things to Know About Concussion Management and Prevention For Young Athletes
5 Things to Know About Concussion Management and Prevention For Young Athletes
Calendar November 15, 2011

Click here to read more. From Becker’s Orthopedic and Spine Review

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Treating Young Athletes Q&A
Treating Young Athletes Q&A
Calendar November 15, 2011

Click here to read more. From Becker’s Orthopedic and Spine Review

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