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Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Doctor vs. Podiatrist

When you have a problem with your foot or ankle that requires medical attention, who do you see for treatment — an orthopedist or a podiatrist? Many people think a podiatrist is the same as an orthopedist, but there are several significant differences betw

Dec 15th, 2021
What Is an Orthopedic Surgeon?

Orthopedic surgeons treat conditions in the knee, shoulder, elbow, back, hand, foot, and more. Learn more about orthopedic surgery and how you can find the best doctor near you. Elite has 12 highly skilled orthopedic surgeons in Nashville, TN.

May 9th, 2021
The Back Doctor - What You Should Know

Do you need to see a back doctor in Nashville, TN? Our team of fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons include some of the best spine specialists near you. Learn about symptoms and prevention of back pain and back conditions.

May 4th, 2021
The Hand Doctor - What You Should Know

Do you need to see a hand doctor in Nashville, TN? Our award-winning orthopedic surgeons include some of the best hand specialists near you. Check out this guide to see if you could live a lower pain lifestyle.

Apr 18th, 2021
Hamstring Tear

If you have pain in the back of your leg, and it is difficult to walk, you may have torn your hamstring. Learn about the signs and symptoms to watch for when it comes to hamstring tears, treatment options, and more!

May 19th, 2022
Ways to Manage Arthritis' Impact on Your Life

If you have been diagnosed with arthritis, you know how much this disease can control your life. Depending on the type of arthritis and its severity, it can be difficult to manage without knowledge of the disease and ways to cope with pain.

May 13th, 2022
Orthopedic Spine Specialist vs. Chiropractor

Orthopedic spine specialists and chiropractors both treat pain related to the neck and back, but that is where the similarities end. Learn the difference between the two, and what option is best for you.

May 11th, 2022
Types of Injections for Back Pain

Our back pain specialists recommend starting with physical therapy and anti-inflammatories, but when those treatments fail, injections may be your next best option. Luckily for those who suffer from back pain, there are many kinds of injections depending..

May 10th, 2022
Post Operative Tips from a Knee Doctor

The surgery talk you have with your doctor after all other treatments have been unsuccessful can be difficult. Many patients' first thoughts are centered around the length of recovery and how painful the process will be. Our doctors understand that...

May 6th, 2022
Shoulder Pain Prevention Tips

Shoulder pain can make everyday activities feel difficult. Try these shoulder pain prevention tips so you don't have to worry about shoulder pain holding you back!

May 4th, 2022
These 5 Exercises May be the Reason for Your Back Pain

Are you suffering from low back pain? Certain exercises could be worsening your symptoms. Our back doctors recommend evaluating your physical activity throughout the day to determine if there is anything that could be worsening your symptoms.

Apr 25th, 2022
Trigger Finger

Trigger finger occurs when one finger is stuck, causing locking or snapping. This is a common condition we treat at Elite Sports Medicine + Orthopedics. Learn signs and symptoms, and treatment options for trigger finger.

Apr 21st, 2022
Swimmer's Shoulder: Symptoms, Causes, Treatment, and More!

Swimmer's shoulder, also known as shoulder impingement, occurs from repetitive shoulder motions. Although it is common in swimmers, it can affect anyone who uses their shoulders often. Learn common symptoms and signs and treatment options.

Apr 14th, 2022
How to Heal a Sprained Ankle

Sprained ankles are common in athletes and people who live an active lifestyle. A sprained ankle refers to when ligaments in the ankle become torn or pulled.

Apr 13th, 2022
5 Reasons for a Slow Recovery from Surgery

“How long does it take to recover and how do I get back as soon as possible?” These two questions are almost always the first ones asked when patients find out they need surgery. Recovery time depends on several things including the type of surgery and...

Apr 1st, 2022
Anterior Hip Replacement Testimonial: Matt Napier

After years of pain in his right leg, Matt decided to seek the help of hip specialist, Dr. Brian Dierckman. Learn about Matt's experience with Dr. Dierckman, physical therapy at Elite, and more!

Mar 31st, 2022
Osteoporosis in Women- Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments

80% of those who suffer from osteoporosis are women, mainly due to the hormone changes that occur in menopause. Since women are at such a high risk, what can they do to prevent or offset the symptoms that come along with this painful disease?

Mar 18th, 2022
5 Ways to Prevent Neck Pain

Neck pain is one of the common reasons that patients come to see us at Elite Sports Medicine. Often times it can be preventable. Learn the top 5 ways to prevent your neck pain!

Mar 4th, 2022
The Wrist Doctor - What You Should Know

Wrist pain can make everyday activities like typing and driving unbearable. Your wrist pain may be a sign of overuse or a condition like arthritis. Learn common conditions, injuries, treatment, and more in this overview of wrist pain.

Jan 27th, 2022
Plantar Fasciitis: Causes, Treatments and More

Foot pain is a common concern among patients of Elite Sports Medicine + Orthopedics. There could be many causes for pain in the foot, but one of the most common ones we see is plantar fasciitis.

Jan 24th, 2022
How Long Can You Wait for Achilles Tendon Surgery?

The Achilles tendon is one of the largest, strongest tendons in your body. It is a fibrous cord that connects muscles in the back of your calf to your heel, allowing you to walk, run, climb and move freely.

Jan 21st, 2022
Preventing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in the Workplace

Hand and wrist pain can make it challenging to do your job. If you often perform repetitive hand and wrist movements — such as typing, using hand tools or sewing — carpal tunnel syndrome could be causing your pain. 

Jan 4th, 2022
What is Causing My Knee Pain?

Are you experiencing nagging knee pain that just won’t seem to go away? You are not alone. At Elite Sports Medicine we see all kinds of conditions and injuries of the knee.

Dec 28th, 2021
Everything You Need to Know About Pediatric Orthopedics

Pediatric orthopedics is a specialized area of medicine that focuses on caring for joint and bone problems in bodies that are still developing.  Whether it's a sore knee from overexertion or a broken bone after a fall from a bike, kids are susceptible to

Dec 22nd, 2021
The Key to Surviving the Holidays Without Wrecking Your Joints

The holidays bring social gatherings, cold weather and, for some, joint pain. Living with joint pain can be especially challenging during the holidays, as increased stress and activity levels can cause flare-ups. The body's inflammatory response system kic

Dec 20th, 2021
Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that affects more than just your joints. This chronic inflammatory disease can also affect your skin, eyes, lungs, and other systems by attacking your own body’s tissues. Unlike other forms of arthritis...

Dec 14th, 2021
Exercises for Shoulder Pain

Shoulder pain is common in those whose sport or occupation requires repetitive actions like throwing or lifting heavy objects. At Elite, we see patients of all ages for shoulder injuries, whether it be an acute injury or degenerative.

Dec 14th, 2021
What is Causing my Shoulder Pain?

Shoulder pain can cause constant aching, irritability, and even disrupt your sleep. That’s why it is important to find out what is causing your shoulder pain and how you can treat it.

Dec 6th, 2021
Exercises for Hand Pain

There are many causes for hand pain, but hand arthritis is the most common found in patients. With many people having jobs that involve typing all day on the computer, and with the amount of time people spend on their phones every day, it is no surprise...

Nov 30th, 2021
What is Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome?

Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (often referred to as runners’ knee) is a term used to describe pain in the front of the knee or kneecap. The repetitive action of running or jumping is often associated with patellofemoral syndrome...

Nov 30th, 2021
Can Stress Cause Shoulder Pain?

Tension and tightness in your shoulders is common symptom of anxiety and stress. It's part of your body's fight or flight stress response or its way of preparing to confront or survive a perceived physical threat. 

Nov 26th, 2021
Ankle Sprain

If you experience pain and swelling in your ankle, it is likely that you have a sprained ankle. Proper treatment is critical to a speedy recovery, so it is important to seek help from a foot and ankle specialist near you.

Nov 22nd, 2021
What Causes Tension Headaches?

People who've experienced a tension headache may describe their symptoms slightly differently. However, for the most part, a tension headache causes pain on both sides of the head. The pain can range from mild to severe, or be constant but not throbbing. 

Nov 12th, 2021
Exercises to Relieve Hip Pain

Hip pain is a common ailment that plagues many people, especially those who have arthritis or are experiencing other hip-related ailments. Try these simple exercises every day to live a more pain-free life.

Nov 8th, 2021
Prevent Hip Pain with These Doctor Approved Tips

Hip conditions can arise from a variety of reasons. Whether it is hip arthritic condition, hip bursitis or something more serious like avascular necrosis (AVN), there are steps that you should be taking to help prevent further damage and alleviate the hip

Nov 1st, 2021
Tennis Elbow

Tennis elbow causes sharp pain, tenderness, and often swelling on the outside of the elbow. Though it is called tennis elbow, this condition can affect anyone whose sport, daily life or occupation involves repetitive motion of the elbow.

Oct 15th, 2021
How to Prevent Back Pain

Back pain is one of the most common conditions in the world. Most people focus on how to relieve it, but not how to prevent it. Learn what may be causing your back pain and how you can prevent low back pain, sciatica pain, herniated discs, and more.

Oct 7th, 2021
Hip Replacement - is it Time to See a Hip Specialist?

Hip replacement surgery is a major surgery. It is important to us that our patients are fully informed on their options and recovery when it comes to hip replacement. Luckily, we have some of the best hip replacement surgeons in Nashville to care for you.

Sep 30th, 2021
Knee Replacement - What You Should Know

If you suffer from osteoarthritis, avascular necrosis, or rheumatoid arthritis, you may need knee replacment surgery. Learn the answers to the most common questions about knee replacement and more in this all encompassing guide.

Sep 27th, 2021
Shoulder Labral Tear

If you are experiencing pain, popping, or locking in your shoulder, you may have a torn labrum. This type of injury can be quite painful and limiting to daily activities. Seek help from an orthopedic specialist to determine a treatment plan.

Sep 27th, 2021
What is a Sports Medicine Doctor?

A sports medicine doctor treats and diagnoses sports injuries and conditions. Though they are labeled “sports medicine”, most work with a wide range a patient who have injuries of their musculoskeletal system.

Sep 3rd, 2021
Exercises for Wrist Pain

Wrist pain is extremely common and can be caused from many daily activities like driving and typing. Try these 10 exercises to prevent and relieve wrist pain. If you are experiencing severe wrist pain, seek help from a wrist doctor near you.

Aug 31st, 2021

Sciatica refers to pan that runs through the sciatic nerve pathway. If you are experiencing pain in your lower back, glutes, or leg, you may have sciatica and you should seek help from a back doctor near you.

Aug 27th, 2021
Hip Arthtritis

Many of our patients come to our offices to seek pain management treatments for arthritis. There are several types of arthritis, but each of them involves inflammation or pain in one or more of the joints.

Aug 25th, 2021
Hip Doctor's Guide

Hip pain can be caused by several conditions, and it can even lead to pain in other body parts, such as the knee. This all-encompassing guide covers hip conditions and their causes, signs and symptoms, treatment, and general prevention for hip pain.

Aug 20th, 2021
Tools and Tips to Prevent Back Pain

Having eronomic equipment is pivotal in preventing back pain. In this article, we share 5 important ergonomic tools you may consider in your workplace.

Aug 9th, 2021
Hand Doctor Testimonials

Elite Sport Medicine is home to award-winning hand doctors in Nashville, TN. Learn what our patients have to say about their experience at Elite.

Aug 4th, 2021
Posterior vs. Anterior Hip Replacement

There are two approaches to hip replacement surgery, posterior and anterior hip replacement. Although both approaches are safe, there are advantages and disadvantages to each. Our Nashville hip replacement doctors specialize in both surgeries.

Aug 3rd, 2021
Orthopedic Surgeon- Dr. Amanda Martin

Dr. Amanda Martin is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine and surgery of the knee, hip, and shoulder. Learn more about Dr. Martin and schedule an appointment in the Nashville or Cool Springs location in Tennessee.

Aug 3rd, 2021
Shoulder Doctor Guide - What You Should Know

This comprehensive guide covers everything shoulder pain, including common conditions that may be causing your ailment, signs you should see an orthopedic shoulder doctor, and more!

Aug 3rd, 2021
Low Back Pain

Low back pain is one of the most common conditions in the country. Learn about symptoms, causes, and treatment options a doctor that specializes in low back pain may provide for you.

Jul 22nd, 2021
Foot Doctors' Guide - What You Should Know

Foot pain can be debilitating during everyday activities, especially if you live an active lifestyle. If you are experiencing pain, swelling, or stiffness in your foot, it may be time to seek help from an orthopedic foot doctor near you.

Jul 12th, 2021
Tyler Hubbard Visits Elite After Dirt Biking Accident

Following a dirt bike accident, Florida Georgia Line band member, Tyler Hubbard, ruptured his Achilles tendon and broke a bone on the inside of his ankle. The country music star says, “My world drastically changed."

Jul 9th, 2021

Wearing poor-fitting shoes can be uncomfortable and increase your risk of developing bunions. Learn more about symptoms, causes, treatment, and prevention of bunions in your feet.

Jul 7th, 2021
Joint Replacement Specialist - What You Need to Know

If you are suffering from severe joint pain, it may be a sign that you need a joint replacement. You should consult with an orthopedic doctor that will recommend a treatment plan, possibly including surgery from a joint replacement specialist.

Jun 25th, 2021
Knee Doctor's Guide - What You Should Know

Knee pain can take a toll on your everyday activities, especially if you are an athlete. Learn conditions, symptoms, causes, treatment, signs to look for, and more in our all-encompassing guide from a knee doctor.

Jun 25th, 2021
Dr. David Moore Named Best Orthopedic Doctor in Nashville

Nashville Fit Magazine has named Dr. David R. Moore the best orthopedic doctor in Nashville, TN in their 2020 Best of Issue. This award is given to those in the Health, Fitness, Nutrition, or Wellness industries. Nashville Fit uses public polling to determ

Jun 24th, 2021
5 Things to Do in the Waiting Room of Your Ortho Clinic

At some point in time, we have all been sitting in a waiting room, feeling bored or anxious. When you are experiencing anxiety about going to the doctor, 5 minutes can feel like one hour. Learn 5 activities you can do at an ortho clinic or any clinic near

Jun 18th, 2021
MCL Tears

Are you experiencing pain, swelling, stiffness, locking, or popping in your knee? You may have an MCL tear. Learn about symptoms, causes, treatment options, and when you should see an MCL specialist.

Jun 16th, 2021
Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

In some cases, cubital tunnel syndrome is unavoidable. Avoided unneeded pressure on the ulnar nerve may help prevent this condition. Symptoms include numbness and tingling in the pinky and ring fingers.

May 27th, 2021
The Elbow Doctor - What You Should Know

Looking for the best elbow doctor in Nashville, TN? Elite has several award-winning orthopedic specialists that treat elbow pain. Check out this helpful guide to see if it is time to visit an elbow doctor near you.

May 23rd, 2021
OLIF - Oblique Lumbar Interbody Fusion

Oblique lumbar interbody fusion is a surgical procedure that allows spine specialists to replace a disc via a fusion device through a small incision in a patient’s abdomen.

May 23rd, 2021
Orthopedic Surgeon - Dr. Chad Price

Dr. Chad Price is an orthopedic surgeon in Nashville, TN with a subspeciality of sports medicine. Dr. Price treats a range of conditions in the shoulder, hip, and knee. Learn more about this middle Tennessee orthopedic surgeon.

May 20th, 2021
Spine Specialist Testimonials

Elite Sports Medicine + Orthopedics has two award winning spine specialists in Nashville, TN. Visit one of our several locations across middle Tennessee for excellent spine care.

May 13th, 2021
Orthopedic Surgeon - Dr. Samuel Crosby

Dr. Samuel Crosby is an orthopedic hand specialist in Nashville, TN, and Franklin, TN, that treats injuries and conditions of the elbow, shoulder, wrist, and hand. He is known for his personable approach to patient care.

May 8th, 2021
Orthopedic Surgeon - Dr. Chris Glattes

Dr. Glattes is a spine specialist in Nashville, TN and Franklin, TN. He specializes in treating back pain, neck pain, tingling, numbness, and more. Learn more about his background, spine surgery, and experience at Elite.

May 5th, 2021
Big Toe Pain

Have you been experiencing big toe pain that limits your ability to get around? It may be time you visit a foot doctor near you. In this article, we outline potential causes for your big toe pain and recommend when you should see an orthopedic surgeon.

May 4th, 2021
Orthopedic Surgeon - Dr. Jeffrey Willers

Dr. Willers is an orthopedic surgeon in Nashville, TN that specializes in treating foot and ankle pain. With an extensive background in sports medicine and orthopedics, Dr. Willers is one of the best foot doctors in Nashville, TN. Learn more here.

May 3rd, 2021
Shoulder Doctor Testimonials

Elite Sports Medicine has several orthopedic doctors specialized in treating shoulder pain. Hear from our patients about what you can expect working with an orthopedic shoulder doctor in Nashville, TN.

May 2nd, 2021
Knee Doctor Testimonials

Elite is home to some of the best knee doctors in Nashville. Find out what it is like working with these orthopedic specialists from the patients they treat.

Apr 30th, 2021
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that causes hand and wrist pain and is often resolved with conservative or surgical treatment. Our hand doctors in Nashville, TN cover carpal tunnel syndrome and recommend when you should see a hand doctor near you.

Apr 25th, 2021
Knee Specialist Tips - ACL Reconstruction

An ACL reconstruction is a procedure performed by orthopedic surgeons to repair torn ACLs. If you have suffered an ACL tear, this guide will provide more info about the surgery. Request an appointment with one of our knee doctors in Nashville, TN today.

Apr 21st, 2021
Foot Doctor Testimonials: Sheryl

Sheryl came to Dr. Willers, a foot specialist in Nashville, TN, following nagging ankle pain. Sheryl received surgical treatment and physical therapy and has seen major progression in just four months. Learn more about her story in this article.

Apr 19th, 2021
Orthopedic Surgeon Testimonials: Eddie George and Dr. Elrod

Heisman award winning and four-time Pro Bowler, Eddie George, graciously shared his experience working with Dr. Burton Elrod - one of the best orthopedic surgeons in Nashville, TN. Learn more about Eddie's struggles with knee pain and other joint pain.

Apr 18th, 2021
What Does Back Pain and a Jelly Donut Have in Common?

Your spine and your favorite morning treat are more similar than you may think. A condition known as disc herniation resembles a jelly donut and causes back pain and neck pain. If you are in pain, book an appointment with a back doctor near you.

Apr 18th, 2021
Orthopedic Surgeon - Dr. Thomas Dovan

Dr. Thomas Dovan is an orthopedic surgeon that specializes in treating hand pain, wrist pain, shoulder pain, and elbow pain. Learn more about this hand doctor's background and approach to patient care.

Apr 15th, 2021
3 Questions to Ask Your Foot Doctor

If you have foot pain, you may consider speaking with an orthopedic surgeon specializing in foot surgery. In this article, we lay out 3 questions you should ask your foot doctor. You can easily schedule an appointment with a foot doctor near you today!

Apr 15th, 2021
Hip Dysplasia – Is It Time to See a Hip Specialist?

Hip dysplasia is a condition that reduces stability in the hip, leaving you susceptible to dislocation and risk of severe hip pain. If you believe you may have this condition, you should request an appointment with a hip dysplasia specialist near you.

Apr 14th, 2021
Osteoarthritis - When to See an Orthopedic Specialist

Osteoarthritis is a leading cause of hip pain, hand pain, knee pain, and back pain, and a common reason people visit an orthopedic surgeon. While there is no cure for osteoarthritis, an orthopedic specialist can develop a treatment plan to help.

Apr 13th, 2021
Orthopedic Surgeon - Dr. David Moore

Dr. Moore is an orthopedic surgeon in Nashville, TN that specializes in treating knee pain, shoulder pain, and elbow pain. Learn more about his background, specialties, and patient success.

Apr 11th, 2021
Hip Doctor Testimonials - Kimberly

I recommend this practice and everyone in it to anyone that is suffering from joint pain. Dr. Brian Dierckman is a fellowship trained orthopedic specialist with significant experience treating hip pain, knee pain, and shoulder pain.

Apr 10th, 2021
5 Signs You Need to See a Hip Doctor

Hip pain is a debilitating condition that can limit your everyday life. If you are experiencing the symptoms in this article, you should likely visit a hip specialist. Elite is home to some of the best hip doctors in Nashville, TN and Franklin, TN.

Apr 10th, 2021
5 Signs You Need to See a Spine Doctor

Back pain is a common ailment for many desk job workers. If you are suffering from constant pain, it may be time to visit one of our orthopedic spine specialists in Nashville, TN and Franklin, TN. Book an appointment at the location nearest you.

Mar 31st, 2021
Avoid Back Pain with 5 Stretches From a Desk Chair

Stretching can help prevent back pain by improving posture, increasing range of motion, and reducing tension. If you are experiencing continued pain, it may be time to see one of our back doctors in Nashville, TN or Franklin, TN.

Mar 29th, 2021