2017 Free Student Athlete Sports Physicals
Every spring, Mid-Tennessee Bone and Joint provides free sports physicals for Maury County student athletes. This year, those physicals will occur on Monday, May 1 (boys) and Monday, May 8 (girls). Student athletes will need to bring the following paperwork with them for the physicals:
TSSAA Preparticipation Evaluation Physical Examination Form (link)
Students are to fill out their name and date of birth at the top of the form
The rest of the form will be filled out by the physician on site during the physical
MTBJ Preparticipation Physical Evaluation History form (link)
Parents/guardians and students are to fill out the form in its entirety prior to the physicals
Parents/guardians are to sign the bottom of the form. Without a signature, the student will not receive a physical.
View the schedule below:
MTBJ Physical Therapy Walking Program
We encourage everyone, any age, to enjoy the great health benefits of joining this FREE six week Step It Up Walking Program. The program will start Tuesday, May 2nd and run for six weeks through Thursday, June 8th.
The Walking Program runs 6:30am to 7:30am each week on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Columbia State Community College Track, and is open to everyone. It is FREE of charge, and all participants will receive a FREE pedometer to track their steps.
Click HERE to view the PDF with more information regarding the program.
To sign up for this great opportunity, call our Physical Therapy department at 931-560-1400, or sign up online at their website: MTBJPT.com.
New Implant Giving Hope to Millions with Arthritis
A first-of-its-kind implant, which acts as a cushion for a joint, is giving hope to millions of Americans who are looking for a permanent solution to arthritis. Synthetic cartilage, made from the same material as a contact lens, acts as a cushion for the joint and is intended for use in the treatment of patients with painful arthritis at the base of the big toe, the most common arthritic condition in the foot.
For a select number of patients who have the right indications, this could be a game changer. Click the link below to watch a video from NBC Nightly News on this new product!
NBC Nightly News – New Arthritis Treatment Could be a ‘Game-Changer’
MTBJ Introduces pedCAT Foot and Ankle Imaging
In an effort to provide the most up to date care options for our patients, we are happy to announce the addition of a pedCAT to assist with foot and ankle imaging. This new machine takes views of the foot and ankle that provide greater examinations for preoperative planning, fracture and dislocation detection, for monitoring arthritis, and early detection of osteomyelitis.
The pedCAT imaging is done via CT and creates 3D images of the area. The physician is able to see critical views of the foot and ankle to better assist with pre-surgical planning and diagnostics. The patient is weight bearing during the scan, which changes the alignment of the foot and ankle, and gives the doctors a view of how the bones and muscles behave when a patient is sitting versus standing. It is the only way to get a weight bearing scan to get a better idea of how the foot functions, rather than just the image of the bones.
Mid-Tennessee Bone and Joint is one of only three clinics in the state of Tennessee to own a pedCAT and the only clinic in Middle Tennessee – including Franklin and Nashville – with this technology. This is another way we are creating a more established and modern foot practice in the area!
For more information on this technology, please visit http://www.curvebeam.com/products/pedcat/.
Elyse Adams, PA-C
Elyse is originally from the Cleveland, Ohio, area. She was recruited by North Carolina State University for her gymnastics ability, and she stayed in state to attend East Carolina University for her Physician Assistant studies. Since moving from Ohio, Elyse said she realized that she loved being in the south and just never left!
Prior to moving to Middle Tennessee, Elyse worked at an orthopedic practice in Boone, North Carolina. She had visited Nashville before to see family and really liked the area. When she was looking for jobs, she always kept an eye open for positions in the Nashville area and was excited to see an opening at our clinic.
Professionally, Elyse is proud of graduating from her Physician Assistant program and passing her boards. While she lived in North Carolina, she was able to form great relationships with patients in her care. Ensuring her patients are well taken care of and finding ways to make a difference in their lives is one of her greatest accomplishments. She feels that education is very important so patients will understand and feel comfortable with their diagnosis and treatment. Part of her responsibility is to spend a little more time with the patient to answer any questions and offer comfort. Elyse’s ultimate goal is to provide a better patient experience.
Personally, Elyse is proud of her performance in gymnastics as a child all the way to college. She spent 16 years in the sport, specializing in uneven bars. While participating as a Division I college gymnast, Elyse was part of the conference championship winning team and was named an NCAA Academic All-American.
As a student athlete participating in a sport at the collegiate level, Elyse experienced her fair share of injuries and surgeries during that time which lead her to focus on orthopedics. Those injuries have given Elyse a different perspective when interacting with patients. She says it allows her to say she has been there and gives her a unique understanding of what the patient is going through after experiencing an injury or surgery.
Elyse also has a passion for sports medicine. Her previous employer was the official sports provider for Appalachian State University athletics, giving Elyse experience in covering sporting events and being available to training staff on the sidelines.
Tennessee Orthopaedic Society names Dr. Randy Davidson as President
Dr. Randy Davidson has been elected President of the Tennessee Orthopaedic Society. Dr. Davidson is a long time member of the TOS.
“I am honored to be this year’s president of the Tennessee Orthopaedic Society,” said Dr. Davidson. “As president, I will try to connect orthopaedic surgeons with the state and national legislatures.”
The Tennessee Orthopaedic Society is an organization of Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeons who practice in the State of Tennessee and who are dedicated to providing the best orthopaedic care to the citizens of Tennessee. Founded in 1948, TOS is dedicated to increasing public awareness and health care improvement for persons with musculoskeletal impairments. TOS supports continuing medical education for its over 350 members and monitors the effects of socio-economic and legislative measures impacting the quality, availability, and cost of health care in orthopaedics. More information can be found at TOSweb.org.
Congratulations Dr. Davidson!
Why do running injuries happen? (and how to prevent them)
What is your number one goal as a runner? For most, it’s to run injury free. StrengthRunning.com has put together an informative infographic explaining the best ways to run without injuring yourself. They outline three key things that happens when a runner gets hurt:
• You can’t run. If you can’t run, then you can’t get in great shape to run fast.
• You’re not developing skills. With no drills, strides, or workouts, you’re not developing athleticism.
• You can’t race. If you can’t race, then you can’t develop mental toughness and resilience.
Click this link to read more on ways for runners to stay healthy and injury free during workouts!
Katie Harris, PA-C
Katie Harris, Physician Assistant, graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in 2006 with a degree in Biology. She continued her education at Trevecca Nazarene University and earned a Masters in Physician Assistant Studies in 2012. Katie is an active member of the following organizations:
• American Academy of Physician Assistants
• Tennessee Academy of Physician Assistants
• Physician Assistants in Orthopaedic Surgery
Katie’s day is spent primarily at Maury Regional Medical Center assisting our surgeons at the hospital. For many patients, their stay in the hospital is due to a traumatic injury and can be a frightening experience. Being able to take the time to talk with patients and family to discuss peri-operative management is very important. She understands that taking the time to explain an injury and subsequent treatment can truly help to alleviate some of a patient’s anxiety during their admission.
Most days for Katie begin around 6:30am. She is responsible for assisting the on-call surgeon with any new admissions from the previous night. Her duties include consulting with the hospitalist group to ensure patients are medically stable for surgery, ordering pre-op tests, obtaining consent, and coordinating the patient’s surgery time with staff and available surgeons. The rest of her day is spent assisting with patient discharge orders, acting as first assist in the operating room, and taking call for hospital consults and ER calls.
Since becoming a provider at MTBJ, Katie has seen many advances in orthopedic technology, medicine, and surgical practices. In that time, our clinic has also successfully transitioned to complete electronic medical records for patients. She has also seen the use of new peri-operative medications that have improved patients’ post-operative outcomes.
Katie and her husband, Chris, have lived in Middle Tennessee all their lives and relocated to Spring Hill, TN, in May 2013. In June 2014 they welcomed their first child, Abbi. Shortly after the age of one, Abbi was diagnosed with profound hearing loss and received bilateral cochlear implants. She has progressed wonderfully and now attends the Mama Lere School for the Hearing at Vanderbilt.
Caitlin Clemmer, PA-C
Caitlin Clemmer, Physician Assistant, graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in 2006 with a degree in Psychology. She continued her education to obtain a Master of Health Sciences in Physician Assistant Studies from South College in 2009. Caitlin is a member of the following organizations:
• American Academy of Physician Assistants
• Tennessee Academy of Physician Assistants
• National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants
Caitlin is originally from Columbia and decided to move back home to start her career. She worked for a short time in Knoxville, but when the opportunity came available at MTBJ she couldn’t pass it up. Caitlin previously worked at MTBJ as a clinical assistant in 2007 before joining the clinic as a full time employee in 2010.
Caitlin notes that the biggest changes in orthopedics have been the expansion of surgery options for several of the MTBJ surgeons, including total ankles, total elbows, and different types of total knees. Additionally, new injections like Synvisc One and Gel One have evolved over the last few years, in addition to expanded treatments for osteoporosis. The biggest change in the clinic has been the introduction of electronic health records to the practice.
Professionally, Caitlin is most proud of completing her studies to become a PA. She describes the long hours spent studying to pass the certification exams as the hardest, most time consuming part of her life. She is proud of many things – for surviving the exams, for her husband who pushed her and supported her all the way through, and she is also proud to work at MTBJ! Caitlin also has pride for her amazing husband and for God for sending him to her, and for her amazing and supportive family.
Caitlin and her husband Wyatt live in Spring Hill with their two children, Max and Catherine. Caitlin loves to run and water ski, and also loves to attend UT football games.
Overuse Injuries in High School Sports
Every year, millions of teenagers participate in high school sports. An injury to a high school athlete can be a significant disappointment for the teen, the family, and the coaches. The pressure to play can lead to decisions that may lead to additional injury with long-term effects. High school sports injuries can cause problems that require surgery as an adult, and may lead to arthritis later in life.
When a sports injury occurs, it is important to quickly seek proper treatment. To ensure the best possible recovery, athletes, coaches, and parents must follow safe guidelines for returning to the game.
Continue reading at AAOS.org – High School Sports Injuries