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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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Noted Chattanooga Orthopedic Surgeons Launch Newly Updated Website

Chattanooga, Tennessee (November 14, 2013) – The Center for Sports Medicine and Orthopaedics retooled and updated their official website to provide improved accessibility to information regarding their practice. With the new website, the team of respected Chattanooga orthopedic surgeons will also be able to serve and engage with new patients much better.
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Injured Young Athletes Need Quality Chattanooga Physical Therapy Most

Many kids aspire to be athletes and improve on their sport so much that they willingly submit themselves to difficult exercises and physical activities as early as six or seven years old. Their spirit may be commendable, but they’re also more vulnerable to injuries that could send them to a center for physical therapy in Chattanooga or elsewhere. An article posted on WORLDMag.com discusses how serious some of the injuries that these children sustain can be:
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Opening of our New Cleveland Location


New Cleveland location

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The new location of Center For Sports Medicine & Orthopaedics in Cleveland is opening November of 2013. The facility is a state-of-the-art 12,000 square foot building, including modern patient rooms and offices, an extensive physical therapy department, and on site digital imaging. Conveniently located across from SkyRidge Medical Center, the new complex provides plenty of parking and close access to a pharmacy.

TWH architects, Inc. Vice PresidentTrey Wheeler and Designer Derick Ownby led the design team and the project was developed by Principals Garry Rodgers and Steen Watson with Chestnut Development Partners. Financing for the project was secured by Capital Mark Bank.


New Address:

2400 North Ocoee Street, Cleveland, Tennessee 37311
(Between Lupi’s & CVS Pharmacy)

CSMO continues to offer same-day appointments for all of your Orthopaedic needs.


CSMO at Hamilton County and N. Georgia In-Service Days


Hamilton County In-Service Day


For the second year in a row, physicians and staff at CSMO hosted a Student Health In-Service for Hamilton County Department of Education Middle and High School Physical Education teachers on August 6th at East Hamilton High School. Topics included Concussions, Heat Issues, Emergency Care, Core & General Conditioning, Weather Safety, Lower Extremity Injury Prevention, Stretching and Taping Techniques. It was a very productive day filled with great information toward keeping students safe and active. Plans are already underway for next year!

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North Georgia In-Service Day


The physicians and staff at CSMO hosted a Student Health In-Service for North Georgia area Elementary, Middle and High School Physical Education teachers and Coaches on August 23rd at Heritage High School. Topics included Concussions, Heat Issues, Emergency Care, Core & General Conditioning, Weather Safety, Lower Extremity Injury Prevention, Stretching and Taping Techniques. Special thanks to David Glenn, weatherman from News Channel 9, who presented on Weather Safety. It was a pleasure hosting the In-Service for the coaches and teachers of North Georgia and we hope it is the beginning of a long lasting tradition.
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