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Meet Team Raab: Experts in Orthopedics and Swimming

Dr. Raab & Family Spotlight If he is not in the operating room or clinic, he is probably somewhere near a pool! As an orthopedic surgeon and dad of four busy swimmers, Dr. Raab’s schedule is jam-packed from the OR to the pool.

Feb 16th, 2021
Robert Covington, NBA Player- Testimonial

I was coming off a knee injury a couple of years ago when a friend of mine suggested MPOWER. She had previously gotten worked on here and she felt that MPOWER would be good for me. I started working with Dan and that went well and I’ve...

Oct 21st, 2019
Kassie Powell – Testimonial

I visited Elite when I dislocated my shoulder and tore my labrum. I already knew Dr. Martin and felt she was my best option to treat these injuries. I reached out to her and was able to be seen very quickly. When I came in, itwas easy to explain to...

Oct 21st, 2019
Amy Brown- Testimonial

My journey with Elite began after being diagnosed with a bulging disc. It was a painful injury that limited my active lifestyle. I did crossfit, but the back injury prevented me from continuing CF and normal daily activities. Sitting at my desk,...

Oct 21st, 2019
DeMarco Murray, NFL Running Back- Testimonial

I started coming to MPOWER after suffering a bone bruise MCL injury this past year. I wanted to get my knee feeling right so I would be in a position to play again if I chose to.

Oct 21st, 2019
Dave Briggs, Competitive Cyclist – Testimonial

I had just finished my 16th season of competitive cycling when I was involved in a car accident. Following the incident, I noticed my times were going down and I was having more knee pain than normal. I went for an MRI and found out that my...

Oct 21st, 2019
Static and Dynamic Stretches

According to Mayo Clinic, stretching has proven to help improve your muscle flexibility and increase performance. If you’re about to begin intense physical activity, you’ll want to first create a pre-workout routine that incorporates stretching relevant...

May 22nd, 2019
Improve Your Health by Practicing Good Posture

You’ve probably been told that good posture is important, but have never been explained why. Sitting and standing up straight can impact your overall physical health. Benefits of Good Posture By keeping your spine properly aligned,...

May 14th, 2019
The Importance of Good Shoes

Choosing your next pair of shoes comes down to more than just picking out the trendiest option. These shoes will be the foundation every step you take, affecting your feet, ankles, back, and more! This is why it is vital that you pick the right pair.

May 10th, 2019
What Is an ACL Tear?

While ACL tears are associated with athletics, they can happen to just about anyone. Age, gender, and activity level are variables that may increase your risk of tearing your ACL. Suddenly stopping or changing directions are among the leading causes...

Apr 25th, 2019
Spine Injuries in Sports

While you may love the game, you should know the dangers behind the sport you play when it comes to protecting your spine. In a 2008 study investigating spinal injuries in sports, Boden & Jarvis found that sports account for over eight percent...

Mar 15th, 2019
Spine Conditions: Scoliosis

Scoliosis is a spinal condition that causes the spine to curve sideways, forming a C or S shape and leading to back pain or impaired movements. Severe cases of scoliosis may limit normal functionality and even affect breathing. However, most cases of...

Mar 6th, 2019
Ankle Arthritis and Ankle Replacement

Dr. A. Brian Thomson Ankle arthritis is a degenerative joint process involving the ankle joint that leads to stiffness and pain with exercise and activities of daily life. It can be caused by prior trauma or injury, leg deformity, chronic instability,...

Feb 14th, 2019
3 Signs You Need a Joint Replacement

Warning signs that you need a joint replacement aren’t exactly clear-cut. Unlike a break or muscle tear, conditions that lead to a joint replacement often involve a gradual lifestyle change where the cartilage in your joints break down.

Feb 11th, 2019
Joint Replacement: Returning to Sport

After a joint replacement, you may want to return to the activities you love right away. However, your new joint may not be ready to handle that level of stress quite yet. Here’s what you can expect from your return to sport following a joint replacement.

Jan 17th, 2019
What Is a Joint Replacement?

Lingering joint pain is a frustrating experience felt by millions of Americans. It is a debilitating condition that limits your everyday activities and often requires seeking out treatment. If you are undergoing pain that limits your quality of life,...

Dec 3rd, 2018
How to Come Back Strong From a Golf Injury

The first fear that runs through an athlete’s mind following an injury is the length of the recovery period. In golf, injuries like back pain, knee injuries, and tendinitis can force athletes off the green for an extended time.

Oct 26th, 2018
3 Tips to Decrease Your Risk of Golf Injury

Golf is a sport of repeated motions that can lead to injury if you aren’t prepared. Injuries like back pain, knee pain, and tendinitis are common and cause for missing time on the green. Fortunately, you are able to mitigate the risk of enduring...

Sep 12th, 2018
Fundamentals of a Safe Golf Swing

To become a better golfer, you’ll need a more developed golf swing. It may seem obvious, but many people try to just hit the ball as far as they can without learning the fundamentals. A swing is a complex series of movements that if performed...

Sep 6th, 2018
3 Injuries Golfers Struggle With

On a beautiful day, there’s no better way to spend your afternoon than by playing a round of golf. For centuries, this prestigious game has held competitions all over the world, crowning some of the greatest athletes in the history of sport.

Aug 30th, 2018
What is Arthroscopic Surgery?

If you’ve ever been to see an orthopedic specialist, you’ve probably heard the term “scope” of the knee, shoulder, elbow, ankle or hip. But what exactly does it mean to scope a knee?

Jul 30th, 2018
The Benefits of Float Therapy

Our bodies are like a machine. The fuel we put in it, our daily maintenance, and how we utilize our body are all factors that can affect our quality of life and longevity. The problem is, in our western society, we are constantly on the go...

Jun 12th, 2018
Five Facts about Big Toe Pain

The joint where the foot meets the big toe—the 1st metatarsal-phalangeal joint (MTP)—is a common site of pain for athletes and non-athletes alike. This condition is called hallux rigidus, and pain can range from a mild nuisance to disabling.

Feb 2nd, 2018
Russ Pulley – SEC football Official

I want to take a moment to share with you my experience with Elite Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center.  Over the years, I have participated in sporting activities which occasionally beat up my body.  In the late 1990s, I had my first knee surgery.

Nov 30th, 2017
What is a TPI Golf Screen and Do you need one?

Titleist Performance Institute, or TPI, is the world’s leading educational organization dedicated to the study of how the human body functions in relation to the golf swing. The screen can identify restrictions in the way your body...

Jan 20th, 2017
Tommy John Injuries – Part 1

As winter gives way to spring and the smell of fresh cut grass fills the air, people will emerge from their winter hibernation and begin the trek to baseball and softball parks.  The crack of a bat, the pop of a ball hitting a mitt, and the chant of...

Feb 19th, 2016
Tommy John Injuries Part II

There is little debate that Tommy John or UCL injuries are a problem at both the major league and amateur levels of baseball. However, there are some myths floating around the ballparks that are worth addressing. Many of these misconceptions...

Feb 16th, 2016
Tommy John Injuries – Part III

Ultimately the goal with pitchers of all levels is to prevent injury to the arm. Elite Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center’s Dr. Burton Elrod explains that with high level athletes (amateur or professional) there is a fine line between maximum...

Feb 15th, 2016
Volleyball Injuries – What You Need To Know

In competitive volleyball, many points are won or lost at “the net”. The area at and under the net is the most common part of the volleyball court to see injuries, some minor but some potentially catastrophic to the young athlete.

Nov 23rd, 2015
Artificial Cervical Disc Replacement

Pain and Disability due to disc disease in the neck is a serious problem and now there is a new and better option for some patients. There are approximately 1.1 Million patients each year in the U.S. that suffer from symptomatic cervical disc disease.

Nov 13th, 2015
Prepare your spine for golf- Now is the time!

Although we are still in the grips of winter, the prospect of spring beckons us golfers to rush out on the first day of warmer weather and hit the links; however, playing golf with an unprepared or deconditioned spine makes us vulnerable to injuries...

Apr 22nd, 2015
When is it time for knee replacement surgery?

After nearly a decade of Orthopaedic practice devoted to Joint Replacements, one of the most frequent questions I am asked by patients is “How will I know when it’s time for knee replacement surgery?” Truthfully, my response is simply,...

Mar 27th, 2015
What is a Labral Tear of the Hip?

The hip joint is a ball and socket joint. The labrum is the cartilage ring around the socket. The labrum adds to the stability of the hip joint by making the socket deeper and providing a suction seal to the joint. The labrum can be torn from either...

Feb 13th, 2015
Labral Tears of the HIP

The hip joint has a cartilage ring around the socket portion of the ball and socket of the joint called the labrum. The labrum adds to the stability of the hip joint by making the socket deeper, however labral tissue in the hip can be torn from either...

Feb 12th, 2015
How to Identify and Treat a Sprained Ankle

Sprained ankles are the most common sports-related injury, with about 25,000 occurring daily. They account for 45% of all basketball injuries, 31% of soccer injuries and also frequently occur in football players, gymnasts, and runners.

Dec 12th, 2014
CrossFit Injuries

There has been a lot of publicity regarding CrossFit and injuries lately. As with any new popular or trendy health fads, there will inherently be a group who jump on the band wagon and a group that speak out against it.

Dec 4th, 2014
What is the Big Deal with the Rotator Cuff?

The rotator cuff is made up of a set of four relatively small tendons in the shoulder called the supraspinatus, infraspinatus, subscapularis, and teres minor. Their job is to keep the ball of the shoulder joint in place.

Nov 26th, 2014
Vitamin D, Bone Health, and Ideas for Supplementation

The role of Vitamin D supplementation in osteoporotic and osteopenic patients has been well known for quite some time. In fact, Vitamin D supplementation along calcium supplementation and weight bearing exercises are regarded as first...

Nov 13th, 2014
What is a Sports Medicine Specialist?

A Sports Medicine Specialist is a physician with significant specialized training in both the treatment and prevention of illness and injury. The Sports Medicine Specialist helps patients maximize function and minimize disability and time...

Oct 30th, 2014
Back to the Basics: Osteoarthritis

Many people are all too familiar with the aches and pains of arthritis, but what exactly is arthritis? One common misconception is that arthritis is the result of something that grows in or on a joint over time. If that were the case, curing arthritis...

Oct 22nd, 2014
Overuse In Sports

Youth sports are booming here in Nashville. More and more children are becoming involved in travel and year round athletics. There also seems to be an evolving trend of young athletes specializing in a particular sport at a much earlier age.

Oct 6th, 2014
What’s the Deal with Stem Cells?

Stem cell therapy is becoming a hot topic in sports medicine. Professional athletes have been getting this type of treatment for the past several years. As these treatments have been discussed in the news media, my patients have started to ask,...

Sep 30th, 2014
Getting to the Core of ACL Rehabilitation in Women

ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) tears have become a common injury among today’s athletes at any level (high school, collegiate, and professional), but is 4-6 times greater in females. During ACL rehab, it is very pertinent to address common risk...

Sep 22nd, 2014
A Guide to “Heads Up Tackling”

Keep Your Head UP and Stay IN the Game: A Guide to “Heads Up Tackling” Fall season is upon us and most are welcoming the cooler weather and of course, football. In the past several years increased awareness to the potential injuries of football...

Sep 15th, 2014
Volleyball Players Protect Your Wings

As a proud parent of young daughters pursuing the sport of volleyball, it gives me great pleasure to discuss the complexities of the shoulder joint and how any overhead sport athlete can run into trouble.

Sep 4th, 2014
Fitness and the Spine

Injuries to the spine during intense works outs are common and these injuries seem to be increasing in frequency in our practice at Elite Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center. Luckily, the majority of spinal injuries can be treated without surgery and...

Apr 30th, 2014
What does it mean to be fellowship trained?

Why be an orthopedic fellow? To become an orthopedic surgeon you must graduate from college, apply and be admitted to medical school, complete 4 years of medical school, and complete a rigorous 5 years of medical and surgical residency in...

Apr 8th, 2014
Lipscomb Academy IGNITE Program Visits Elite

Recently, Elite welcomed students from Lipscomb Academy’s IGNITE program. This program is a one-year commitment that allows students to learn outside of the traditional classroom in fields that interest them.

Oct 18th, 2013
Welcome to the Elite Blog

Welcome to the official blog of Elite Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center. Elite’s physicians and staff will frequently comment on a variety of topics including common musculoskeletal injuries, as well as their causes, and treatment and rehabilitation

Oct 14th, 2013