Orthopedics

February 19, 2018

Spine Injury in December, Olympic Skiing in February – How’s That Possible?

By Marshall Ney, MD After completing her run in a downhill skiing competition in Switzerland this past December, four-time Olympian Lindsey Vonn fell to the ground and appeared to be in immense pain while reaching for her lower back. The 2018 Winter Olympics were less than two months away, and the darling of the U.S. […]

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February 8, 2018

Olympics Curling and Your Posture – What’s the Connection?

By Jennifer Morales, MD While curling is largely a novelty in the U.S. (seems the vast majority of us don’t really understand it), many of us become fascinated by the sport for a few weeks each time the Olympics roll around. Interestingly, there is a lot to be learned from the sport’s reliance on skill […]

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January 26, 2018

Keeping UNC Asheville Athletes Healthy On and Off the Court

Being at your best is important when you’re an athlete. And now, with the partnership between the University of North Carolina – Asheville (UNCA) and Mission Sports Medicine, student athletes will be even better. “I am extremely excited about this new partnership,” said Marc Haro, MD, MSPT, an orthopedic surgeon with Asheville Orthopaedic Associates, an […]

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November 28, 2017

Standing with the Parkers – How Mission Helped an Arden Family Get the Care They Needed

When 14-month-old Fields Parker took a hard fall and appeared to have a broken arm, his father, Tyler, went into action. Understandably concerned for his son’s well-being, Tyler rushed him to the emergency department at Mission Hospital. Sure enough, the physicians in the ER informed Tyler and his wife, Shannon, that young Fields had broken […]

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November 27, 2017

After Surgery to Remove a Bone Tumor, Brittany Jordan was Able to Return to Her Active Lifestyle

Physical therapy assistant Brittany Jordan lived most of her life with a benign bone tumor in her hip, and never knew it was there. She was aware she had range-of-motion difficulties, but was never sure why. It was when Jordan moved to the Asheville area from her native Florida that she started experiencing additional concerns, […]

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October 17, 2017

Expert Q&A – Shoulder Pain: Causes and Treatments

In this Q&A with David Pope, MD, we address the basics when it comes to shoulder pain. Q: What are some of the most common reasons for shoulder pain? A: The most common cause of shoulder pain that we [Mission Community Orthopedics and Sports Medicine] treat is what is referred to as “shoulder impingement.” This […]

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July 26, 2017

CTE in the News Again – What Is Mission Sports Medicine Doing to Prevent and Treat Concussions?

By Calvin Mabry A recent article published by CNN detailed that 99 percent of studied brains from deceased NFL players were diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, more commonly known as CTE. A progressive degenerative brain disease, CTE is characterized by memory loss, mood swings and difficulty concentrating, symptoms similar to those of Alzheimer’s. The differentiating […]

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July 14, 2017

Moms That Move – What You Need to Know about Exercise during Pregnancy

By Aaron Vaughan, MD Mission Orthopedics and Asheville Orthopaedics Associates Regular physical activity during pregnancy has minimal risks and has been shown to benefit most women. Exercise does not cause miscarriage, poor fetal growth, musculoskeletal injury or premature delivery. In fact, physical inactivity and excessive weight gain are all risk factors for maternal obesity and […]

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July 14, 2017

Healthy Hydration – Summer Workouts Need Special Attention to Fluids

By Aaron Vaughan & Eliza Parker With the hot weather upon us, every level of athlete should consider their hydration status and how it can affect their performance and recovery. As one sweats during exercise, both water and salts are lost, which can lead to a reduction in blood volume, an increase in the amount […]

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July 6, 2017

Training Champions – In the Dugout with the State Championship Baseball Team

By Calvin Mabry For student athletes in today’s exponentially competitive landscape geared more toward individual success, cultivating a championship team takes what some might compare to the perfect storm. Common components of such whirlwinds range from players with an uncompromised work ethic, coaches, whose focus transcends mere preparation to the health and wellness of each individual […]

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