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JOINT REPLACEMENT

Joint pain from arthritis affects millions of people every year. Symptoms can vary widely from mild joint discomfort to severe loss of motion and pain.

Conservative treatment, such as physical therapy and medications can typically help relieve most mild pain and discomfort caused by arthritis.

Total joint replacements are typically recommended to people with sever pain and loss of motion due to advanced arthritis. This is a surgical procedure where the damaged joint, such as a hip or knee, are removed and replaced with an artificial joint called a prosthesis. This prosthesis is designed to function like your own healthy joint once did.

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  • E. Allan Atwell, MD
  • John J. Brunette, MD
  • T. Andrew Riddle, MD
  • Bradford A. Wall, MD

  • It’s important to bring any x-rays and MRI reports with you. On the day of your appointment, be sure to also bring:

  • Driver’s License or valid ID
  • List of your prescribed medications
  • Insurance Information
  • Any other relevant medical records and information
  • KNEE

    The knee is the largest and one of the most complex joints in the body. It is made up of bones, cartilage, ligaments, and tendons, all of which are susceptible to injury. Many people can get relief from knee pain with conservative treatment such as rehabilitation exercises or bracing, but for some specific knee injuries, surgery is required.

    If the following symptoms start to effect your ability to go about your daily routine, you may want to consider seeing an orthopedic specialist:

    Swelling

    Decreased range of motion

    Consistent pain or discomfort

    Difficulty going up or down stairs and walking

    Knee Injuries and Procedures

    ACL Injuries
    ACL stands for Anterior Cruciate Ligament. An ACL tear or sprain is one of the most common types of knee injuries.

    ACL tears and sprains are typically seen in athletes that play sports such as football, basketball, and soccer where you change directions sharply and make sudden stops or jumps.

    Your orthopedist will most likely get an x-ray of your knee to help diagnose your injury. An MRI may also be ordered to further evaluate the ACL and surrounding ligaments.

    Treatment
    Not all ACL injuries require surgery. Your doctor will make a recommendation for surgical or non-surgical treatment based on your activity level and the severity of your injury:
  • Sprain (Grade I)
  • Partial Tear (Grade II)
  • Complete Tear (Grade III)

  • Knee Replacement
    A knee replacement (also called knee arthroplasty) is a surgical procedure where the damaged part of a knee is removed and replaced with a prosthesis.

    People with severe pain and loss of motion due to arthritis are typically candidates for total knee replacement. Three types of arthritis typically cause knee pain: osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and post-traumatic arthritis.
  • Osteoarthritis: “Wear and tear” type of arthritis typically seen in patients over the age of 50.
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis: A type of inflammatory arthritis that causes cartilage damage over time.
  • Post-traumatic Arthritis: Usually seen in people who have had a severe knee injury. Over time, tears or fractures in the knee can break down cartilage, causing servere pain and loss of mobility.

  • A total knee replacement should only be considered when conservative treatment options have failed to reduce your pain. If you have severe pain and loss of motion that keeps you from doing simple daily activities such as walking or climbing stairs, a total knee replacement may be an option for you.

    Total knee replacements can be done in an outpatient setting or in a hospital. Outpatient means your procedure is done in ambulatory surgery center rather than a hospital. Ask your doctor which option is best for you.

    Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome
    Better known as “runner’s knee,” patellofemoral pain syndrome is a term that describes pain in the soft tissue and bone around your kneecap. People who participate in a lot of athletics or physical training are more susceptible to this type of injury.

    Symptoms
  • Pain during activities that cause stress on your knee, such as running, jumping, or squatting.
  • Stiffness or discomfort after sitting for a long period of time.
  • Crackling or popping sounds in your knee when getting up from a seated position.

  • People with runner’s knee usually experience a dull ache and stiffness in the kneecap. Everyday activities such as climbing stairs or kneeling down can be very difficult and uncomfortable.

    Treatment
    Most patellofemoral pain can be treated non-surgically. Activity modifications, physical therapy, and proper use of anti-inflammatory medicines are often very effective at providing pain relief for this type of injury.

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    Learn about your options for knee pain, knee injuries, and knee surgery. Request an appointment with one of our orthopedic surgeons today!

  • E. Allan Atwell, MD
  • John J. Brunette, MD
  • T. Andrew Riddle, MD
  • Bradford A. Wall, MD

  • It’s important to bring any x-rays and MRI reports with you. On the day of your appointment, be sure to also bring:

  • Driver’s License or valid ID
  • List of your prescribed medications
  • Insurance Information
  • Any other relevant medical records and information
  • HIP

    The hip joint is one of the most important joints in the body. It supports our body weight and everyday movements.

    Hip pain can make routine activities like walking or sitting difficult and uncomfortable. Most people find relief from persistent hip pain with conservative treatment such as physical therapy, injections, or modified activity. It’s important to see an orthopedists if hip pain keeps from doing normal daily activities.

    Some causes of hip pain include:

    Bursitis

    Sciatica

    Arthritis

    Muscle Strain

    Hip Replacement
    A hip replacement is a surgical procedure where the damaged part of a hip is removed and replaced with a prosthesis.

    Arthritis is the most common cause of chronic hip pain. It is also the leading cause of hip replacements. The break down and damage to the cartilage in your hip causes pain and stiffness. Over time, this discomfort can interrupt your daily activity.

    If conservative treatments such as changes in your daily activity, stretching, and anti-inflammatory medicines fail to reduce your arthritic hip pain, a total hip replacement may be an option for you.

    Total hip replacements can be done in an outpatient setting or in a hospital. Outpatient means your procedure is done in ambulatory surgery center rather than a hospital. Ask your doctor which option is best for you.

    Request An Appointment

    Learn about your options for hip pain, hip injuries, and hip replacement surgery. Request an appointment with one of our orthopedic surgeons today!

  • E. Allan Atwell, MD
  • John J. Brunette, MD
  • T. Andrew Riddle, MD
  • Bradford A. Wall, MD

  • It’s important to bring any x-rays and MRI reports with you. On the day of your appointment, be sure to also bring:

  • Driver’s License or valid ID
  • List of your prescribed medications
  • Insurance Information
  • Any other relevant medical records and information
  • SHOULDER

    The shoulder is one of the most flexible joints in the body, and it helps perform our everyday tasks. Most shoulder injuries occur from overuse, acute injury, or degeneration. Non-surgical treatment options such as physical therapy and injections can often be used to successfully treat shoulder pain. If non-surgical treatments are unsuccessful, surgery may be recommended.

    Common causes for shoulder pain include:

    Bursitis

    Tendinitis

    Impingement

    Rotator Cuff Tear

    FOOT & ANKLE

    The foot and ankle absorb a tremendous amount of stress and pressure, which can often result in strains, sprains, and fractures. Sprained ankles are very common among orthopedic injuries, and often heal with at home treatments such as RICE. However, if your ankle is swollen or if you are having difficulty walking, you may want to consider seeing an orthopedic specialist.

    Ankle sprain

    Sports Injuries

    Ankle fracture

    Bunions

    SPORTS MEDICINE

    Sports medicine focuses on helping athletes of all ages recover from sport related injuries and return to their active lifestyle. At Georgia Bone & Joint Surgeons in Cartersville, our board certified orthopedic specialists care for many types of sport related injuries. Whether you are a competitive athlete or a weekend warrior, our team can help you get back in the game.

    E. Allan Atwell, MD
    John J. Brunette, MD
    T. Andrew Riddle, MD
    Bradford A. Wall, MD

    SPINE

    PHYSICAL MEDICINE & REHABILITATION

    Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (RM&R), also known as physiatry, is a non-surgical specialty that focuses on restoring function and improving quality of life to people with pain in their neck, back, nerves, joints, and muscles. At Georgia Bone and Joint Surgeons, our PM&R specialist develops a comprehensive treatment plan that may include therapies such as physical therapy, injections, acupuncture, and non-addictive medications.

    Our Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Specialist:
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    MINIMALLY INVASIVE SPINE SURGERY

    Minimally invasive surgery describes surgical procedures that minimize incisions in order to reduce stress and trauma to the body. Common procedures that treat herniated discs and spinal stenosis can often be done using minimally invasive techniques. These types of surgeries typically have smaller incisions, which helps reduce damage to the affected muscles, and can often lead to fast recoveries.

    Our Board Certified Orthopedic Spine Surgeon

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    INTERVENTIONAL SPINAL INJECTIONS

    Interventional spine injections can be used to provide pain relief and diagnostic information about the source of your pain. Typically, these injections are recommended after other conservative treatments, such as physical therapy, have not improved pain symptoms.

    Some of the most common types of spinal injections are epidural injections, facet joint injections and sacroiliac joint injections. These injections are administered by our PM&R specialist, David D. Hubbell, MD in an outpatient setting.

    SPINE SURGERY

    Charles W. Cha, M.D. is a board-certified orthopedic spine surgeon who specializes in surgical care of the spine. He and his team offer the latest in surgical techniques, including minimally invasive spine surgery.

    Dr. Cha and his team specialize in the treatment of:

    Herniated Discs

    Degenerative Disc Disease

    Spondylosis (arthritis)

    Spinal Stenosis

    NERVE CONDUCTION STUDIES

    A nerve conduction study (NCS) measures how quickly an electrical impulse moves through your nerve. They are often done in conjunction with an electromyography test, or EMG, which measure how quickly impulses move through your muscles. Both NCS and EMGs help identify, locate, and measure the extent of nerve and/or muscle damage.

    PM&R specialist, David D. Hubbell, M.D. is specifically trained to perform both NCS and EMGs. With these tests, he is able to successfully evaluate nerve and muscle damage.

    Conditions that may be evaluated with an NCV / EMG include:

    Carpal tunnel syndrome

    Herniated disk disease

    Extremity numbness or tingling

    Sciatic nerve pain

    Extremity weakness

    Learn more about Dr. Hubbell

    SERVICES

    OUTPATIENT SURGERY

    Georgia Bone & Joint Surgeons Center for Orthopedic Surgery (permit # 008-151) offers quality surgical care in a patient centered environment. We are committed to offering the highest level of quality surgical care in a safe, patient centered environment. ACLS certified registered nurses, licensed scrub technicians, and courteous administrative team members work together as a team to create an environment where patients' safety and comfort come first.

    Our outpatient surgery center is state certified by the Georgia Department of Community Health and Medicare approved. As our patient, you can have confidence knowing the outpatient care you receive meets rigorous standards for safety and quality.

    PHYSICAL THERAPY

    After an orthopedic injury, illness, or operation, actively participating in a quality physical therapy and rehabilitation program is key to a successful recovery. At Georgia Bone & Joint Surgeons, P.C., our Center for Physical Therapy is designed to guide and help you through that journey.

    Specialties

    Soft tissue mobilization

    Cervical traction

    Joint mobilization

    Sport Medicine Rehabilitation

    Kinesiology taping

    Total Joint Rehabilitation

    URGENT ORTHO PLUS

    When you or a loved one experience an acute orthopedic injury, walk-in and see an orthopedic specialist at Urgent Ortho Plus! Georgia Bone & Joint Surgeons' Urgent Ortho Plus is a walk-in orthopedic urgent care ready to help you get on the road to recovery fast. No appointment needed. We specialize in urgent injury evaluation for:

    Fracture Care Sprains

    Strains Sport Injuries

    Acute orthopedic pain

    15 Medical Drive, Building A
    Cartersville, GA 30121
    Monday-Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Friday 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    IMAGING
    Diagnostic imaging services are sometimes needed to accurately diagnosis and treat your orthopedic condition. At Georgia Bone & Joint Surgeons,P.C., both traditional x-ray and advanced imaging services are available. Our experienced and registered radiological technologists provide these services utilizing the latest technology.
    Two digital x-ray rooms are designed with the comfort and safety of our patients in mind. Digital x-ray offers superior imaging, fast results, and reduces patient radiation exposure by up to 75% versus other x-ray methods. We are pleased to be able to offer this advanced technology to our patients.
    Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is available on-site utilizing a 1.0 T magnet. Our MRI unit is certified and accredited by the American College of Radiologists. Our experienced and registered MRI technologists provide comfort and assistance through the scanning process. The MRI scans are read by board certified radiologists who prepare the report for our physicians.
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