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Dr. Brett Sanders Chosen as “Favorite Doctor”

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Pictured above from L to R: Dr. Gene Huffstutter, President of Chattanooga & Hamilton County Medical Society; Dr. Brett Sanders, Honoree; Dr. Peter Rawlings, Vice President of Chattanooga & Hamilton County Medical Society

Every year in recognition of National Doctor’s Day, the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Medical Society asks the community to nominate their favorite doctor to be recognized for the exceptional work they do. From the numerous letters they receive, an independent committee chooses 10 honorees. We are proud to congratulate our own Dr. Brett Sanders, whom was recently honored for his commitment to providing compassionate health care to the patients he serves.


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From Chiropractors to Spinal Surgery Specialists: Four Ways That Could Relieve Your Back Pain

Back pain: In the United States, it’s the second most common reason for adults to make a doctor’s appointment. Researchers estimate that at least 80% of people will experience some form of back pain over their lifetimes. In fact, many things can go wrong when it comes to our spines, so it’s important to know exactly what kind of physical therapy exercises and upper or lower back rehabilitation you might need after an injury.

Back pain can vary depending on the type of injury or condition a patient has suffered from. There isn’t only one segment of the population affected by back pain — anyone from professional athletes in peak physical condition to senior citizens with arthritis could experience problems with the spine, bones, and muscles of the back. To make matters more complicated, there isn’t only one treatment for back pain; a sufferer could be referred to a chiropractor, a sports medicine clinic, or even spinal surgery specialists in extreme cases.
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Why Sports Medicine Clinics Aren’t Just for Athletes

Sports medicine clinics which specialize in athletic health care are becoming an important group in the health care industry, but what you may not know is that you don’t have to be an athlete to take advantage of the services offered by these clinics. Here are a few reasons why non-athletes may benefit from sports medicine clinics:
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Announcing the Opening of the New Surgery Center

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Announcing the Opening of
The Center for Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Surgery

400 N. Holtzclaw Avenue
Chattanooga, TN
(423) 698-6871

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The Center for Sports Medicine & Orthopaedics Surgery is a free standing surgery and pain center located at the corner of Holtzclaw Avenue and 3rd Street.


Save Your Back the Pain. Talk to Your Doctor About Arthroscopic Surgery

Back pain affects about 31 million Americans, according to the American Chiropractic Association. These pains stem from a variety of circumstances, from childbirth to sitting awkwardly to lifting something too heavy for your back to handle. Other times, the pain is the result of a degenerative disc, and cannot be resolved by simply doing upper or lower back rehabilitation exercises.

Spinal discs are small, jelly-like, doughnut-shaped structures that support the vertebrae on the spinal column, acting as shock absorbers. When a disc either leaks fluid or breaks — either from normal wear and tear on your back, or from the impact of an accident or fall — it can be considered degenerative. The result of this condition can be chronic pain up and down the spine, upper and lower back stiffness, and also numbness in the extremities.

The good news is that fixing this problem does not necessarily require a long, complicated surgery. Arthroscopic back surgery is a common treatment for degenerative discs, any spinal deformities, and herniated discs. The term “arthroscopic” denotes the use of an arthroscope, a type of endoscope that can be inserted into a patient’s body using a minimally invasive incision. This instrument usually has a light attached to it to illuminate the affected area of the body, and makes it easier for doctors to treat the injury. The same procedure is used in arthroscopic knee surgery, and many other smaller operations.

One of the advantages of arthroscopic back surgery is that the procedure is generally performed in an outpatient clinic. Also, depending on the patient’s overall health, the recovery time is often much less than a full surgery. In addition, because the procedure focuses directly on the injury, there is less damage to connective tissue surrounding the degenerative or herniated disc.

Doctors also often have a list of high quality physical therapy clinics, and recommend that back surgery be followed up with upper and lower back rehabilitation exercises. These movements can help a patient regain his or her normal range of motion quicker, and aid the healing process.

While arthroscopic surgery may not be right for everyone, it could be a viable option for patients who do not have extensive damage to their limbs or spine. It would be worth looking into because the benefits of this type of surgery far outweigh the risks.


Expert Cleveland Orthopedic Surgeons Can Help With Spinal Injuries

A Daily Record article published January 5, 2014 details some positive news after an ice hockey player endured a life threatening spinal injury:
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Sports Medicine in Chattanooga Can Help Ballers Back To Their Feet

An SB Nation article published January 10, 2014 details the return of a premiere NBA point guard after a major knee injury that struck him out of the game for a long time:
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Chattanooga Orthopedic Surgeons Say Mamba Mentality May be Dangerous

“”If you see me in a fight with a bear, prey for the bear.” Ive always loved that quote. That’s ‘mamba mentality’ we don’t quit, we don’t cower, we don’t run. We endure and conquer. [Kobe Bryant Facebook post]

Kobe’s will to succeed is remarkable, if not manic. Thus, it surely wasn’t surprising when he returned to NBA action only eight months following a left Achilles tear– an injury that can take up to two years to recover from. Nor was it surprising that he lasted only six games before injuring the knee in that very same left leg.”

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Consult a Trusted Chattanooga Orthopedic Surgeon to Assess Hip Pain

Hip osteoarthritis becomes more common as people age because through the years, the cartilage that acts as padding between the hip joint and the bone undergoes wear and tear. According to ScienceDaily.com, younger people may experience this condition as well:
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