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Could Julio Jones' 2020 Hamstring Injury Affect His First Season with the Titans? Jun 9th, 2021

What to Expect with Julio Jones’ Hamstring Injury in His First Season with the Titans Seven-time pro bowler and future Hall of Famer, Julio Jones, is on the move to the Tennessee Titans for the 2021-2022 NFL season. The recently announced trade includes a 2022 second-round draft pick and 2023...

Cubital Tunnel Syndrome May 27th, 2021

  Overview The ulnar nerve is an integral component of your arm and one of the largest nerves in your entire body. It is also susceptible to pressure. When pressure occurs in the elbow, you can develop a condition called cubital tunnel syndrome.     Is Cubital Tunnel Syndrome the...

The Elbow Doctor - What You Should Know May 23rd, 2021

Elbow injuries are ubiquitous in sports like baseball and tennis. With that said, elbow pain is not limited to athletes. Jobs that involve repetitive motions like manufacturing and construction are at risk of injury as well. You could even experience trauma from an accident or slip-and-fall. Your job, lifestyle, or...

OLIF - Oblique Lumbar Interbody Fusion May 23rd, 2021

According to Startstanding.org, about 80% of people in the western world will suffer from low back pain. Our back doctors at Elite Sports Medicine in Nashville and Franklin, TN specialize in the spine and offer the latest, most advanced treatment options to help low back pain. One of the most...

Orthopedic Surgeon - Dr. Chad Price May 20th, 2021

I am Chad Price, an orthopedic surgeon in Nashville, TN at Elite Sports Medicine + Orthopedics. I specialize in treating shoulder pain, hip pain, and knee pain.   What Made You Want to Become an Orthopedic Surgeon? I grew up here locally in Rutherford county then went to college at...

Spine Specialist Testimonials May 13th, 2021

Elite Sports Medicine + Orthopedics has two award winning spine specialists in Nashville, TN.  Check out what their patients are saying it's like working with them. ____________________________________________________________________ Elaine with Dr. Chris Glattes I used to live an independent lifestyle. I would go fishing, work with jewelry and beads, grocery shop,...

Telehealth: The Advantages of Telemedicine May 13th, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered dramatic changes throughout everyday life — and in the medical community as well. Not only are providers across the country postponing elective procedures, but many are also encouraging people to avoid in-office appointments to reduce their risk of exposure to this highly contagious coronavirus. But...

What Is an Orthopedic Surgeon? May 9th, 2021

  What Do Orthopedic Surgeons Do? Orthopedic surgeons provide care for joints, bones, tendons, ligaments, and tissues. Also known as orthopedists or orthopedic doctors, these providers routinely see injuries to the knee, shoulder, elbow, hip, spine, hand, foot, and many other parts of the body. Some orthopedic surgeons choose to...

Orthopedic Surgeon - Dr. Samuel Crosby May 8th, 2021

Hi, my name is Dr. Sam Crosby and I am a hand and upper extremity surgeon at Elite Sports Medicine and Orthopedics. I specialize in surgery of the elbow, shoulder, wrist, and hand.    Did You Always Want to Be a Doctor? I grew up knowing that I wanted to...

Nashville Orthopedic Surgeon Testimonial - Denise May 6th, 2021

An “Elite Lifer” Denise Ozement has been a patient of Elite since 2007, receiving nine surgeries from four of our Nashville orthopedic surgeon team. She is a self-titled “Elite Lifer”. Denise found Elite Sports Medicine + Orthopedics shortly after moving from Mississippi. She had experienced painful plantar fasciitis symptoms and...

Orthopedic Surgeon - Dr. Chris Glattes May 5th, 2021

Hi, my name is Chris Glattes. I am an orthopedic surgeon in Nashville and Franklin, TN with Elite Sports Medicine + Orthopedics, and I specialize in spine surgery.   Background I grew up in Kansas City, and anyone that is from that area always wants to know, did you grow...

Big Toe Pain May 4th, 2021

Orthopedic surgeons specializing in treatment of the foot and ankle are used to treating big toe pain. No, we are not necessarily talking about stubbing your toe on the bedpost. Editor’s note: We acknowledge that stubbing your big toe is no fun. We are referring to big toe pain caused...

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

  Back pain, neck pain, numbness, and weakness, are reasons patients regularly visit our back doctors in Nashville, TN. In this guide, we discuss symptoms, causes, and treatments for a few of the most common conditions we see and address several questions about when to see an  orthopedic doctor for...

Orthopedic Surgeon - Dr. Jeffrey Willers May 3rd, 2021

Hi, I’m Jeffrey Willers, a foot and ankle specialist at Elite Sports Medicine + Orthopedics. I grew up in Gainesville, Georgia, which is a small town about an hour northeast of Atlanta. Physical fitness and health have always been important to me. As a kid, my hobbies included swimming, tennis,...

Shoulder Doctor Testimonials May 2nd, 2021

Elite Sports Medicine + Orthopedics is home to some of the best shoulder doctors in Nashville, TN. But don't take our word for it. Below are testimonials from patients that came to Elite for shoulder pain. ____________________________________________________________________ Kassie Powell with Dr. Amanda Martin Torn Labrum I visited Elite when I...

Knee Doctor Testimonials Apr 30th, 2021

    Farrah Castleman with Dr. David Moore Farrah Castleman is a senior basketball player at Massac County High School in Illinois. Farrah became a patient of Dr. David Moore with Elite after two separate injuries on the court.     ACL Tear During Freshman Year In Farrah’s freshman year,...

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Apr 25th, 2021

What Is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome? Carpal tunnel syndrome is one of the three or four most common conditions our hand doctors in Nashville, TN treat. One way to look at it is a pinched nerve in the wrist. Carpal tunnel syndrome gets its name from the tunnel within your wrist....

Knee Specialist Tips - ACL Reconstruction Apr 21st, 2021

Overview of an ACL Tear The knee is comprised of four ligaments - one you have proably heard of is called the anterior cruciate ligament or ACL. Sports ortho doctors break down injuries to the ACL by the following degrees of severity: Grade 1 Sprain: The ACL has experienced minimal...

Foot Doctor Testimonials: Sheryl Apr 19th, 2021

Initial Struggles with Ankle Pain I have had issues with ankle pain going back to when I was about nine or ten. I remember rolling my ankle while playing field hockey, and it has been an issue ever since. I live a very active lifestyle that includes hiking, squash, tennis,...

Orthopedic Surgeon Testimonials: Eddie George and Dr. Elrod Apr 18th, 2021

We were fortunate to sit down with Eddie George, who graciously shared his experience working with Dr. Burton Elrod - one of the best orthopedic surgeons in Nashville, TN. Keep reading to learn more about Eddie's struggles with knee pain and other joint pain, along with some fun stories from...

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

Your spine and your favorite morning treat have more in common than you might think. Although, one certainly tastes better than the other. The analogy is used to describe a herniated disc by many spine surgeons. While this condition may cause back pain and discomfort, thankfully most cases do not...

The Hand Doctor - What You Should Know Apr 18th, 2021

  Hand pain, numbness, and swelling are reasons patients regularly visit our hand doctors in Nashville, TN at Elite Sports Medicine + Orthopedics. In this all-encompassing guide, we cover symptoms, causes, and treatments for a few of the most common conditions we treat, as well as address some questions our...

Orthopedic Surgeon - Dr. Thomas Dovan Apr 15th, 2021

Hi, I’m Dr. Tom Dovan, one of the orthopedic surgeons here at Elite Sports Medicine + Orthopedics. My specialty is hand and upper extremity, which includes injuries and conditions of the shoulder all the way down to the hand. I am originally from New Jersey. I went to medical school...

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

Foot doctors have seen and heard it all. Let’s get that squared away early. Beyond that, we want to ensure that your trip to a foot specialist – like our foot doctors in Nashville, TN and Franklin, TN – goes as smooth as possible. If you’re experiencing unrelenting foot pain,...

Herniated Disc - When Should You See an Orthopedic Surgeon? Apr 14th, 2021

    What Is a Herniated Disc? If you are experiencing pain, weakness, or numbness in your arms or legs, you may have a herniated disc. A herniated disc, also known as a ruptured disc, refers to issues with the soft, rubber disc between the spinal bone. A ruptured disc...

Hip Dysplasia – Is It Time to See a Hip Specialist? Apr 14th, 2021

What Is Hip Dysplasia? Hip dysplasia is a condition where the roof of the socket does not fully cover the ball of the joint. Without stability from the ball and socket, the hip joint is more susceptible to injuries including labral tearing, progressive arthritis, or even dislocation.   Elite Sports...

Osteoarthritis - When to See an Orthopedic Specialist Apr 13th, 2021

According to the Arthritis Foundation, over 50 million adults suffer from arthritis, of which there are dozens of different types. One common type of arthritis is known as osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is a leading cause of hip pain, hand pain, knee pain, and back pain, and a common reason people visit...

28 Questions You Should Ask Your Knee Replacement Doctor Apr 11th, 2021

The following guide is provided to patients of Dr. Gregory Raab, an orthopedic surgeon in Nashville, TN that specializes in total joint replacement and revisions in the knee and hip. If you are suffering from knee pain, schedule an appointment with a knee replacement doctor near you to find out...

Orthopedic Surgeon - Dr. David Moore Apr 11th, 2021

Hi, my name is Dr. David Moore, and I’m an orthopedic surgeon here at Elite Sports Medicine + Orthopedics. I’ve been with Elite since 2004, following a sports medicine fellowship in Birmingham with Dr. James Andrews. What Is Your Orthopedic Specialty? Within orthopedics there are a number of specialties. I...

Hip Doctor Testimonials - Kimberly Apr 10th, 2021

I’ve always been active in terms of physical fitness. In high school I played indoor and outdoor soccer, was a cheerleader, and a dancer. My physical fitness journey was put on pause when I became married and had two wonderful children with special needs. When I was able to return...

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

Have you ever experienced sudden hip pain that had you reaching to your side? Or maybe you have that slight aching sensation that never seems to go away. Whatever your hip pain is like, there’s a good chance that you need to see a hip doctor that specializes in these...

5 Signs You Need to See a Spine Doctor Mar 31st, 2021

5 Signs You Need to See a Spine Surgeon Have you ever experienced nagging back pain? Whether your pain stems from a slip-and-fall, an athletic injury or general wear-and-tear, you may find yourself asking, “When is it time to see a back doctor?” We sat down with Elite Sports Medicine...

Avoid Back Pain with 5 Stretches From a Desk Chair Mar 29th, 2021

  Overview  According to experts at the American Chiropractic Association, "Back pain is one of the most common reasons for missed work. In fact, back pain is the second most common reason for visits to the doctor's office, outnumbered only by upper-respiratory infections". Ironically, back pain can also stem from...

Orthopedist Spotlight: Meet Team Raab - Experts in Orthopedics and Swimming Feb 16th, 2021

A Family of Swimmers Dr. Raab met his wife Jamie in college at Stanford University, where she as an NCAA Championship winning swimmer. Of course, with a shared love for swimming, years later it would only make sense to raise a house full of 5 swimmers. One daughter even went on to follow her mom’s footsteps at Stanford by winning an NCAA Championship of her own. ...

Physical Therapy Testimonials - Rob Covington Oct 20th, 2019

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 been coming back...

Physical Therapy Testimonials - Dave Briggs Oct 20th, 2019

Leg Injury Prior to MPOWER 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...

Physical Therapy Testimonials: DeMarco Murray Oct 20th, 2019

Knee Pain Prior to MPower Physical Therapy 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. MPower's Impact on Rehab Prior to...

Physical Therapy Tips - Static and Dynamic Stretches May 21st, 2019

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 to the work you’ll be putting in. Stretches are categorized into two types, static stretches and dynamic...

Spine Specialist Tips - Improve Your Posture May 13th, 2019

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, but also, help relieve your back pain. Avoid Back Pain and Other Ailments By keeping your spine properly aligned, you can minimize the risk of...

Foot Doctor Tips: The Importance of Good Shoes May 9th, 2019

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. Benefits of Proper Shoes...

ACL Tears - When to See a Knee Specialist Apr 24th, 2019

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 of ACL tears, explaining the higher rate of injury in...

Sports Ortho and Spine Injuries Mar 14th, 2019

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 of new spinal cord problems each year. This...

Scoliosis - When Should You Consult a Spine Specialist? Mar 5th, 2019

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 scoliosis are minor in nature. Conditions range from...

Foot and Ankle Doctor Tips: Ankle Arthritis and Ankle Replacement Feb 13th, 2019

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, and inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis or gout. Arthritis affects millions of...

3 Signs You Need to Visit a Joint Replacement Specialist Feb 10th, 2019

Warning signs that you need a joint replacement aren’t exactly clear-cut. While it may be difficult to determine whether a joint replacement is right for you, if you are experiencing any of the signs in this article, you should consider speaking with an orthopedic surgeon that specializes in joint replacement....

Return to Sport after Hip Replacement or Knee Replacement Jan 17th, 2019

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: Post-Operation Both hip replacements...

Hip Surgeon Tips: What Is a Joint Replacement? Dec 3rd, 2018

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, it may be time to consider arthroplasty, also known as a...

Orthopedic Surgeon Tips: How to Come Back Strong From a Golf Injury Oct 25th, 2018

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. Your best option is to ensure you are getting the best treatment so...

3 Tips to Decrease Your Risk of Golf Injury Sep 12th, 2018

Golf is a sport that utilizes a repitition of motions that may cause injury if you are not careful. Conidtions like back pain, knee pain, and tendinitis are a common cause for missing time on the green. Fortunately, you are able to mitigate the risk of enduring these injuries by...

Orthopedic Specialist Tips: Fundamentals of a Safe Golf Swing Sep 6th, 2018

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, much to the dismay of your local orthopedic doctor. A swing is a complex series of...

Orthopedic Specialist Tips: 3 Injuries That Plague Golfers Aug 29th, 2018

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. Unfortunately, as with all sports, golfers have been...

Orthopedic Specialist Tips: What is Arthroscopic Surgery? Jul 29th, 2018

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? What is Arthroscopy? Arthroscopy is a minimally-invasive surgical procedure used by orthopedic doctors to examine and treat an...

Reduce Inflammation and Tension - Float Therapy Jun 12th, 2018

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 and often don’t give...

5 Facts about Big Toe Pain Feb 1st, 2018

Are you suffering from big toe pain in your joint? You may need to see a foot doctor near you.  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...

Patient Success Story: Russ Pulley SEC Football Official Nov 29th, 2017

    I want to take a moment to share with you my experience with Elite Sports Medicine + Orthopedics and MPOWER Performance Institute. 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. That...

Physical Therapist Tips: Do You Need a TPI Golf Screen? Jan 19th, 2017

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 moves within your swing so that we can accurately prescribe/develop a program to...

UCL Tears and Tommy John Surgery (UCL Reconstruction) Feb 18th, 2016

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 “here, batter,...

Orthopedic Surgeon Tips: Help Prevent Volleyball Injuries Nov 22nd, 2015

Overview  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. Not only does playing at the net require...

Artificial Cervical Disc Replacement Nov 12th, 2015

Neck Pain and Causes 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. Disc problems...

Spine Doctor Tips: Prepare Your Spine For Golf Apr 21st, 2015

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 throughout the season. Just as our...

Knee Replacement - When Should You See An Orthopedic Surgeon? Mar 26th, 2015

  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, “You will know when it’s time.”Let me explain….   Factors...

Hip Doctor Testimonial: Aaron Brill Mar 24th, 2015

    Aaron Brill age 24 grew up in South Florida and has played baseball since he was a very young child.  He played baseball in college and now plays short stop and second base in Canada for the Canadian American League (the Can Am League). But Aaron was recently...

Hip Labral Tear - When Should You See a Hip Doctor? Feb 12th, 2015

How Does a Hip Labrum Tear? 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...

Foot Doctor Tips: How to Treat a Sprained Ankle Dec 12th, 2014

Sprained ankles are the most common sports-related injury and a familair injury to foot doctors, with an estimated 25,000 occurances each day. Sprained ankles account for 45% of all basketball injuries, 31% of soccer injuries and also frequently occur in football players, gymnasts, and runners. We dive into how our...

How to Prevent Injuries in CrossFit Dec 3rd, 2014

  Does Crossfit Increase Your Risk for Injury? 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. Lately...

Rotator Cuff Tear: When Is It Time to See a Shoulder Specialist? Nov 25th, 2014

Rotator Cuff Overview 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. This task may sound relatively simple, but consider the...

Bone Health: Increase Your Vitamin D Levels With These 3 Tips Nov 13th, 2014

  Vitamin D for Osteoporosis 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 line treatment in osteopenia and mild cases of osteoporosis.  In...

Do Sports Medicine Specialists Only Treat Athletes? Oct 29th, 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 away from sports, work, or school. He or she...

How Can I Treat Osteoarthritis? Oct 21st, 2014

  What Is Arthritis? 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 would...

The Impact of Sports Injuries on Young Athletes Oct 5th, 2014

    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. With the growing childhood obesity epidemic in...

Orthopedic Surgeon Explains Stem Cell Therapy Sep 30th, 2014

    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, “Could this be right for me?”  The...

Knee Doctor Tips: ACL Rehabilitation in Women Sep 21st, 2014

    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 factors that lead to ACL tears in females. Those...

Orthopedic Surgeon Tips: Prevent Football Injuries Sep 15th, 2014

    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 have been highlighted and brought to the public eye like never before.  In particular, concussion and spinal injuries are...

Orthopedic Surgeon Tips: Prevent Volleyball Injuries Sep 3rd, 2014

    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. We have recently entered the exciting and competitive world of Club Volleyball, which...

Spine Surgeon Tips: Prevention for Baseball Injuries May 15th, 2014

    Baseball season is here, but hopefully the “Boys of Summer” have been already hard at work during the off-season to protect their backs. Baseball and softball are still some of the most popular sports that our young athletes pursue and injury prevention must be pursued in a pro-active...

Spine Surgeon Tips: Injury Prevention When Working Out Apr 30th, 2014

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 + Orthopedics. Luckily, the majority of spinal injuries can be treated without surgery and athletes can use their injury as an opportunity for education....

Why All of Our Surgeons Are Orthopedic Fellowship Trained Apr 8th, 2014

    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 orthopedic surgery. The residency programs in orthopedic surgery are some of the most...