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    Qualities to Look for In an Orthopedic Doctor

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Orthopedics is a branch of medicine which concentrates on care of the muscles, bones, and joints. Choosing the right orthopedic doctor for your needs ensures you receive the best care possible for pain relief and a speedy recovery. At OrthoCarolina, our staff of over 100 physicians and 1,000 employees is here to provide you with the personalized, cutting-edge care you need.

    Board Certification

    A board certified orthopedic doctor has undergone further evaluation in addition to the typical 14-year education. The board certification process includes a peer review and a written and oral examination. Board certification must be completed once every ten years, meaning a board certified orthopedic doctor is up to date on the latest treatments and has been approved to treat patients by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

    Clear Communication

    You want clear, concise information about your condition, the treatment required, and what you can expect during recovery. Your orthopedic doctor should provide a full personalized consultation. He should answer your questions directly in a way that you can understand. Choosing an orthopedic surgeon who will explain every aspect of your treatment is important to ensure you understand the process and feel comfortable with every step.

    Specialty Training

    When seeking orthopedic care, look for a doctor who has specialized training in the areas you need. Many doctors choose to focus on the treatment of certain areas of the body or certain types of trauma, such as sports injuries. Ask your doctor about his experience treating your injury or condition. In many cases, visiting a practice that employs many doctors will ensure you get the specialized care you need while maintaining a single point of contact.

    OrthoCarolina is dedicated to providing you with the answers and treatment you need to recover from injury and put an end to your pain. You can schedule a consultation with any of our experienced orthopedic doctors by calling (704) 323-2778. We invite you to explore our website to learn more about our practice and the quality of care we deliver.

    One Patient's Story Working with OrthoCarolina

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Excellent orthopedic care goes above and beyond the rest to provide patients with the personalized, accessible care they need. This video shows the story of one OrthoCarolina patient, Jason, who suffered a severe sports injury to his shoulder. You will hear about his positive experience with Dr. Piasecki and his rotator cuff surgery to repair the injury. Following his successful treatment and recovery, Jason went on to run a marathon at the Great Wall of China to support research for primary progressive aphasia.

    At OrthoCarolina, we are dedicated to providing top-quality, personalized orthopedic care across the Carolinas. Contact us today by calling (704) 323-2778 to learn more about our commitment to quality, service, community, and teamwork. You can hear more about patients like Jason and their success stories by clicking through our blog.

    Sprain vs. Strain

    Last updated 1 year ago

    The words “sprain” and “strain” may sound similar, but these common sports injuries affect different tissues within the body. A sprain is an injury, such as a stretch or a tear, that affects a ligament. Ligaments are connective bands of tissue that provide support and stability to the joints by linking adjacent bones. A strain affects the muscles and tendons of the body, and does not always take place in joints. Tendons are connective tissues that connect muscles with nearby bones. Sprains can also be stretches or tears in these tissues, and most frequently occur in the legs. If you experience either a sprain or a strain, doctors recommend rest, ice, compression, and elevation. If your sprain is severe and has torn a muscle beyond its ability to repair itself, orthopedic surgery may be needed to repair the damage.

    For orthopedic treatment of sports injuries and more in Charlotte and beyond, contact OrthoCarolina by calling (704) 323-2778. Our orthopedic doctors proudly provide comprehensive care ranging from physical therapy to surgical solutions. Please visit our website to find the nearest location or to learn more about your treatment options.

    Your Guide to Spinal Stenosis

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Spinal stenosis refers to a narrowing of the spinal canal, causing compression of nerve roots or the spinal cord itself. It can occur in either the cervical or lumbar spine, often causing sciatica-like symptoms. Orthopedic evaluation is needed to determine the cause, severity, and best treatment options to address your symptoms.


    Spinal stenosis is often an age-related condition. It occurs as the spinal discs which provide cushioning to the spine degenerate, causing them to bulge outward and impinge upon spinal nerves. Spinal stenosis can alternatively be caused by thickening of the ligaments and bones of the spine, which is also related to age. Arthritic patients may experience spinal stenosis as a result of bone spurs or chronic arthritis-related inflammation. Other possible causes of spinal stenosis include congenital bone defects, disc herniation, injury to the spine, and spinal tumors.


    The symptoms or spinal stenosis often depend upon the area of the spine that is affected. Symptoms of lumbar spinal stenosis include sciatica-like pain, tingling, and numbness in the buttocks and legs. Leg pain and cramping tends to worsen with movement or during long periods of standing, and lessens when sitting or bending over. Symptoms of cervical spinal stenosis include numbness, tingling, or weakness in the arms or legs. Incontinence related to significant nerve compression should be brought to the attention of a doctor immediately.


    Your orthopedic doctor can offer a variety of treatment options to address spinal stenosis. Physical lifestyle changes including activity modification and the adoption of specific exercises may be helpful. Medication can be taken orally or delivered via spinal injections to relieve inflammation and address pain. If these treatment options prove ineffective, your orthopedic doctor may suggest a surgical procedure such as a laminectomy or spinal fusion.

    If you have questions about spinal stenosis, the experts at OrthoCarolina have the answers you need. We provide physical therapy, medication, and surgical solutions for sports injuries, back pain, and more in Charlotte and across the Carolinas. Click on our website or call (704) 323-2778 to schedule an appointment today.

    What You Need to Know About Pediatric Orthopedics

    Last updated 1 year ago

    As a parent, it’s important to be aware of the orthopedic problems your child might face. This video explains common orthopedic concerns that can occur throughout childhood.

    Hip dysplasia is a condition that frequently affects newborn girls birthed in the breech position. Girls more commonly suffer from scoliosis during childhood as well. While female athletes typically experience more ACL problems during adolescence, both boys and girls may incur elbow injuries from throwing or tumbling activities. Regardless of your child’s athletic interests, he or she may at some point suffer a forearm fracture, as it is the most widespread injury in children.

    OrthoCarolina provides comprehensive sports medicine and physical therapy services for our pediatric patients in the greater Charlotte area. To schedule an appointment, call (704) 323-2778.

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