by Robert M. Thornsberry, MD
There may come a time in your life when you need to pay a visit to a doctor or clinic due to an orthopedic injury. It could be as simple as a sprained ankle or as complex as a knee or hip replacement. Isn’t it nice to know that here in Middle Georgia, we have one of the most respected Orthopaedic Specialist centers in the country? Staffed with 15 highly skilled and caring doctors and a world class surgery center, OrthoGeorgia is there when your need arises.
The best defense is prevention. Here are some prevention tips:
Drink more fluids (nonalcoholic), regardless of your activity level. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink. Warning: If your doctor generally limits the amount of fluid you drink or has you on water pills, ask your doctor how much you should drink while the weather is hot.
Don’t drink liquids that contain alcohol or large amounts of sugar–these actually cause you to lose more body fluid. Also, avoid very cold drinks, because they can cause stomach cramps.
by Elliot P. Robinson, MD
Baseball is America’s pastime and has a strong tradition in Georgia. However, perhaps no sport places the athlete’s elbow at more risk. This has been magnified in recent years as athletes specialize earlier, throw harder, play year-round and in general “put more miles on their elbow” at a young age. Unfortunately, a broad range of elbow injuries in the throwing athlete can have career-ending implications if not addressed in a timely fashion.
When an orthopedic facility moved into a long-empty department store at the foot of Macon’s Tom Hill Sr. Boulevard, little did anyone realize it would become one of the linchpins to help boost the entire commercial shopping strip. In 2009, OrthoGeorgia moved into the former Mansour’s department store that had been closed for years. And it wasn’t long before other businesses and shoppers took notice.
“There is just a ton of traffic on Tom Hill every day,” said OrthoGeorgia CEO Bill Lindsey, who acknowledges his facility has helped pump up the viability of Tom Hill -- a commercial and retail strip that stretches from Northside Drive to Interstate 75.Lindsey said about 400 people come through OrthoGeorgia on a daily basis. “We’re seeing patients from 122 counties,” he said. “If they come from some of these small towns, they may want to shop at Carol’s (Linens) or go to some of these restaurants that they don’t have in (their) small town.”