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5 Things Every Athlete Should Know Jun 23rd, 2022

As an athlete, a healthy body is the key to success within your sport. It is important to know how to prevent injuries and how to maintain a healthy lifestyle that supports the physical demands your sport requires.   Preventing Injuries Though not all injuries can be prevented, there are...

Why Do My Shins Hurt When Running? Jun 15th, 2022

Have you recently taken up running? You may find yourself grabbing for your lower leg or unable to continue. This may be due to shin splints, one of the most common injuries in runners. Any time you start a new form of exercise it is important to not do too...

Sprained Ankle Jun 9th, 2022

  Ankle sprains are a common reason that patients come to see us at Elite Sports Medicine + Orthopedics. This type of injury typically occurs from rolling or twisting the ankle. Learn common symptoms, causes, and treatment for a sprained ankle!   What Grade of Ankle Sprain do I Have?...

4 Little Known Secrets to Healthy Joints Jun 9th, 2022

You may have heard to maintain a healthy weight and exercise, but what else can you do to maintain healthy joints throughout your life?   While maintaining a healthy weight is crucial in terms of maintaining joint health, there are other things you can be focusing on to keep the...

How to Recover Faster from Knee Surgery Jun 7th, 2022

One of the most asked questions by patients, especially our athletes, is how can I recover quickly from knee surgery? The answer to that question depends on a host of variables like age, health, and dedication to recovery. However, there are things you can do to speed your recovery.  ...

Signs of a Slipped Disc Jun 1st, 2022

    What is a Slipped Disc? A slipped disc, also known as a herniated disc, occurs when there is an issue with a spinal disc. When the nucleus of the spinal disc pushes through the exterior of the disc, it causes a slipped disc.   What Causes a Slipped...

How Do I Know if my Back Pain is Serious? May 26th, 2022

    Knowing when to see a doctor makes all the difference in the recovery time of a back injury. If severe, back pain can put a person’s life on hold and prevent them from performing their daily activities. Seeking medical help will treat and even prevent further pain from...

Hamstring Tear: Symptoms, Causes, Treatment, and More! May 19th, 2022

  Hamstring strains are a common condition that our orthopedic surgeons treat here at Elite Sports Medicine. Learn about different types of hamstring injuries, symptoms, treatment options, and more!   What Type of Hamstring Injury do I Have? There are three grades of hamstring injuries that vary from mild to...

Ways to Manage Arthritis' Impact on Your Life May 13th, 2022

  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. Our orthopedic doctors in Nashville and...

Orthopedic Spine Specialist vs. Chiropractor: What's the Difference? May 11th, 2022

  What is an Orthopedic Spine Specialist? An orthopedic spine specialist is an orthopedic doctor who has additional training in surgery of the spine.   What is a Chiropractor? A chiropractor has a Doctor of Chiropractic degree, and they focus on treating the whole body through spinal adjustments.   How...

Types of Injections for Back Pain May 10th, 2022

Types of Injections for Back Pain At some point in your life, you will most likely experience back pain. Our sedentary lifestyles and “text neck” have left many with aches and pains in the back and neck. Since back pain is so common, what can be done about it? Our...

Post Operative Tips from a Knee Doctor May 6th, 2022

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 each surgical patient needs to be educated on the surgery...

Shoulder Pain Prevention Tips May 4th, 2022

  Shoulder pain can make it difficult to enjoy the activities you love and even fall asleep at night. Although shoulder pain often can’t be prevented, there are preventative measures you can take to reduce the risk of developing it.   What Causes Shoulder Pain? Shoulder pain may stem from...

These 5 Exercises May be the Reason for Your Back Pain Apr 25th, 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. A general...

Orthopedic Surgeon Procedures: Minimally Invasive Surgery Apr 23rd, 2022

Have you recently been told you need orthopedic surgery? Fear not, there are many new advances in orthopedic surgery that make surgery safer and more effective than before. What is Minimally Invasive Surgery Minimally invasive surgery is different from traditional “open surgery” where there is a large incision. There are...

Trigger Finger: Symptoms, Causes, Treatment, and More! Apr 21st, 2022

  What is Trigger Finger? Trigger finger is one of the most common conditions that our hand doctors see at Elite Sports Medicine. This condition occurs when one of the fingers is stuck, causing locking or snapping.   What are the Symptoms of Trigger Finger? The most common symptoms of...

Swimmer's Shoulder: Symptoms, Causes, Treatment, and More! Apr 14th, 2022

  Swimmer’s shoulder, also called shoulder impingement, occurs from overuse of the shoulder joint. Swimmers are constantly using their shoulders, which is why it is likely for them to experience this condition.   What Causes Swimmer’s Shoulder? When the shoulder is doing repeated motions, it can cause inflammation. This may...

ELITE BUILDS BRAND NEW ORTHOPEDIC FACILTY IN FRANKLIN, TN Apr 14th, 2022

Elite Sports Medicine + Orthopedics Nashville, TN  37203 615.324.1600 Eliteorthopedic.com   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ELITE SPORTS MEDICINE + ORTHOPEDICS BUILDS BRAND NEW ORTHOPEDIC FACILITY IN COOL SPRINGS, FRANKLIN, TN AREA Elite plans to open the state-of-the-art orthopedic facility with onsite imaging and physical therapy in spring 2022 to better serve...

How to Heal a Sprained Ankle Apr 13th, 2022

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. Typically, when someone “rolls their ankle” while running or playing sports, it may be painful to bear weight on the foot which points...

UCL Tear vs. Elbow Tendonitis: What's the Difference? Apr 5th, 2022

  What is a UCL Tear? A UCL tear, also known as an ulnar collateral ligament tear, occurs when a ligament on the inner elbow is torn.   UCL Tear Symptoms When it comes to UCL tears, there are a variety of symptoms you may experience: Inner elbow pain and...

5 Reasons for a Slow Recovery from Surgery Apr 1st, 2022

    “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 biological factors...

Anterior Hip Replacement Testimonial: Matt Napier Mar 31st, 2022

Matt came to see Dr. Dierckman because he had a bone spur that made it difficult for him to walk. Dr. Dierckman performed an anterior hip replacement on Matt’s right leg. Learn about Matt’s experience with Dr. Dierckman, physical therapy at Elite, and recovery.   Matt Had Mobility Problems in...

Bone Fractures: Symptoms, Treatment, and More! Mar 24th, 2022

Having a fracture is the same thing as breaking a bone. A fracture can occur in any bone, and it may be a crack or a complete break.    Types of Bone Fractures The type of fracture you have will depend on the severity of the break. There is a...

Osteoporosis in Women- Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments Mar 18th, 2022

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? Maintaining healthy bones is something older...

5 Ways to Prevent Neck Pain Mar 4th, 2022

  What Causes Neck Pain? Neck pain is often caused from overuse or improper posture. Many office workers will hunch when they work or strain their neck from improper computer placement. Other causes of neck pain may include: Car accidents Sports injury Sleeping wrong Osteoarthritis Spinal stenosis Myelopathy Herniated disc...

Should I See an Orthopedic Doctor Before Doing Physical Therapy? Feb 18th, 2022

With some physical therapy clinics now offering visits without a referral, some patients wonder if they should see their doctor before going to physical therapy. As with any medical concern, it is always advisable to see your doctor before going straight into physical therapy. An orthopedic doctor will have the...

The Wrist Doctor - What You Should Know Jan 27th, 2022

    5 Signs You Need to See a Wrist Doctor 1. You Injured Your Wrist If you fall on your wrist and you are experiencing extreme pain, loss of mobility, swelling or bruising, you need to seek medical help. These could all be signs of a broken wrist. 2....

Plantar Fasciitis: Causes, Treatments and More Jan 24th, 2022

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. This condition can cause quite a bit of pain and can be difficult to...

How Long Can You Wait for Achilles Tendon Surgery? Jan 21st, 2022

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. The Achilles tendon can be vulnerable to ruptures. Many surgeons recommend...

Preventing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in the Workplace Jan 4th, 2022

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.  What Is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome? Your carpal tunnel is a small...

What is Causing My Knee Pain? Dec 28th, 2021

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. As with any joint pain, there could be a long list of reasons for your pain. We recommend...

Everything You Need to Know About Pediatric Orthopedics Dec 22nd, 2021

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 a wide variety of orthopedic issues...

The Key to Surviving the Holidays Without Wrecking Your Joints Dec 20th, 2021

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 kicks in, causing pain and stiffness in the joints that can last indefinitely. ...

What You Should Know About Meniscus Tears Dec 15th, 2021

Meniscus tears are one of the most common knee injuries. A tear can occur when a twisting motion in the knee is combined with full weight on the joint. At Elite, we see torn meniscuses in athletes whose sport requires a quick change in motion or jump off from a...

Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Doctor vs. Podiatrist Dec 15th, 2021

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 between the two. What Is a Podiatrist? A...

Rheumatoid Arthritis Dec 14th, 2021

What is 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, rheumatoid arthritis affects the lining of your joints...

Exercises for Shoulder Pain Dec 14th, 2021

Background on Shoulder Pain at Elite 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. Rotator cuff tears are one of...

What is Causing my Shoulder Pain? Dec 6th, 2021

    Common Symptoms of Shoulder Pain Pain when moving your shoulder Shoulder joint popping or locking Tingling and burning pain Pain in the upper arm     What is Causing my Shoulder Pain? Shoulder pain can be caused by injury, a pre-existing condition, or overuse. There are certain factors...

Exercises for Hand Pain Nov 30th, 2021

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 that hand pain...

What is Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome? 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, however, doctors like Dr. Martin often see these...

Can Stress Cause Shoulder Pain? Nov 26th, 2021

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.  Fortunately, shoulder pain from stress responds well to yoga, stretching and other relaxation methods. ...

Ankle Sprain Nov 22nd, 2021

    Ankle sprains can happen from a slip and fall, landing on your foot the wrong way, or while playing sports. Luckily, they can often heal quickly with time and proper treatment.     Types of Ankle Sprains There are three grades of ankle sprain based on severity. Here’s...

Muscle Pain vs. Joint Pain: What Is the Difference? Nov 19th, 2021

Joint and muscle pain represent two different medical conditions. While muscle pain is pain felt when the body is in motion, joint pain is more often felt when the body is at rest.  It's important to understand the different symptoms related to joint and muscle pain, as both conditions must...

What Causes Tension Headaches? Nov 12th, 2021

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.  There are many potential causes of tension headaches,...

Exercises to Relieve Hip Pain Nov 8th, 2021

    You're not alone! Hip pain is a common condition that affects people of all ages. The good news is, there are many things you can do to help relieve your hip pain. Learn exercises for hip pain, and other tips to help reduce the severity of your symptoms....

How Can You Prevent Foot Pain? See These Easy, Doctor Approved Steps Nov 5th, 2021

Runners are the first people you think of when it comes to a potential foot injury. The high impact and repetitiveness of the activity put them at risk for certain foot-related injuries and conditions. Though runners are at a higher risk for injury, many people suffer from foot pain. Luckily,...

Prevent Hip Pain with These Doctor Approved Tips Nov 1st, 2021

Preventing Hip Pain   Did you know nearly 1 in 4 people experience hip pain at some point. Hip pain can be debilitating and make everyday activities difficult to complete without assistance. Pain of any kind, especially the hip, can also lead to depression, anxiety or insomnia. In this article, we will discuss 5 ways to avoid hip...

Prevent Elbow Pain with These 5 Tips Oct 25th, 2021

      Elbow pain is a common problem for many people. Whether you have been playing sports or performing repetitive tasks, your elbow can take a beating. It's important to know how to prevent elbow pain so that you can enjoy the activities you love without interruptions from soreness...

Preventing Knee Pain: A Guide for Maintaining Freedom of Movement Oct 23rd, 2021

      Identify the Cause of Your Knee Pain First, it is important to know the possible causes of knee pain. For example, arthritis - which can cause stiffness in your joints – may worsen over time and prevent movement. Worn cartilage will not allow for proper movement between...

Tennis Elbow Oct 15th, 2021

    What is Tennis Elbow? This condition is caused by repetitive motion of the elbow and is often seen in athletes whose sport involved throwing. Though it is called “Tennis Elbow” both athletes and nonathletes are at risk for the condition. The tendons in the elbow become overloaded when...

How to Prevent Back Pain Oct 7th, 2021

      What Causes Back Pain?   Herniated Disc A disc is a jelly-like cushion that sits between the vertebrae in your spine. When a disc slips, it is called a herniated disc. If you have a herniated disc, you will likely experience some pain, tingling, and weakness. Pain...

Hip Replacement - is it Time to See a Hip Specialist? Sep 30th, 2021

      Hip replacement surgery, also known as total hip arthroplasty, involves the hip joint being replaced by an implant. Hip replacement is a major surgery and recovery doesn’t happen overnight. Learn if you may need a hip replacement and how that process will look in this all-encompassing guide....

Knee Replacement - What You Should Know Sep 27th, 2021

    A knee replacement, also known as knee arthroplasty, is a surgery that replaces the knee joint to relieve pain caused by a host of different injuries or conditions. Though osteoarthritis is one of the leading reasons for a knee replacement, patients with conditions such as avascular necrosis and...

Shoulder Labral Tear Sep 27th, 2021

    What is a Labral Tear?  The labrum is the cartilage in the shoulder that helps to keep the ball of the shoulder joint in place. When the labrum is torn, it leads to instability in the shoulder, and it can often cause the shoulder to dislocate.    ...

What is a Sports Medicine Doctor? Sep 3rd, 2021

    A sports medicine doctor treats and diagnoses sports injuries and conditions. Though they are labeled “sports medicine”, most work with a wide range a patients who have injuries of their musculoskeletal system.      What Are Sports Related Injuries?  Athletes tend to experience specific types of injuries that sports medicine doctors are...

Exercises for Wrist Pain Aug 31st, 2021

    If you work a job where you are typing often, or you have arthritis, it is likely that you will experience wrist pain. Exercising your wrists can help to build strength and increase flexibility. Try these exercises for pain relief and prevention of wrist pain.     Prayer...

Sciatica Aug 27th, 2021

    What Is Sciatica? Sciatica refers to pain that runs through the sciatic nerve pathway. This nerve travels from the lower back to the hip and often radiates down the back of the leg. This condition is quite common among those with low back pain.     Symptoms of...

Hip Arthtritis Aug 25th, 2021

Hip Arthritis     What is arthritis  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. Some of the most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis...

Hip Doctor's Guide Aug 20th, 2021

    Having hip pain can make everyday activities difficult. Many people associate hip pain with older adults; however, people of all ages can experience hip pain, especially those who play sports. Learn what may be causing your issues and ways to help return to a pain-free life.    ...

Orthopedic Surgeon Testimonial: Dr. William Yelverton Aug 11th, 2021

William Yelverton has been a patient of Elite for 32 years since his ACL allograft in 1991 by Dr. Elrod, which remains perfect.  As a music professor and professional guitarist, Yelverton has been treated for carpal tunnel repeatedly by Dr. Dovan.  He has also seen Dr. Willers over the years...

Tools and Tips to Prevent Back Pain Aug 9th, 2021

    What is Ergonomics? Ergonomics is the scientific study of people within their working environment. An ergonomist is someone who aims to make sure materials are safe to use and designed to prevent work related injuries.     5 Tools Known for Helping Prevent Back Pain Ergonomic tools can...

Hand Doctor Testimonials Aug 4th, 2021

    Elite Sports Medicine + Orthopedics is home to the best hand and upper extremity specialists in Nashville. Here is what some of our patients have to say about their experience at Elite:   ____________________________________________________________________ Lillian - Dr. Sam Crosby Patient  The Diagnosis I had 0% use of my...

Posterior vs. Anterior Hip Replacement Aug 3rd, 2021

      Hip pain can stem from various types of arthritis, which can be treated by hip replacement surgery. According to Harvard Health, there are over 300,000 hip replacements in the U.S. per year. During a hip replacement, worn out cartilage/bone is removed and replaced by artificial parts. There...

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

Hi, I am Dr. Amanda Martin at Elite Sports Medicine + Orthopedics. I specialize in sports medicine injuries and surgery of the hip, knee, shoulder, and elbow.    I grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma on a cattle ranch. That is where I picked up a lot of my orthopedic tendencies – fixing fences and branding...

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

Shoulder pain is common among orthopedic patients, especially those whose daily activity involves repetitive use of the arm. Athletes in throwing sports often experience shoulder pain or injuries involving the rotator cuff. If you are experiencing shoulder pain, it is important to consult an orthopedic doctor near you to find...

Low Back Pain Jul 22nd, 2021

    Overview Low back pain is one of the most common conditions in the country. It is prevalent in individuals that work physical jobs that lead to overuse or desk jobs that lead to poor posture. So why is lower back pain so common? Well, your lower back supports...

Foot Doctors' Guide - What You Should Know Jul 12th, 2021

  Patients of all ages can experience foot pain stemming from various conditions. In this guide, learn about conditions, signs, symptoms, treatment, and when it is time to see an orthopedic foot doctor near you.     What Kind of Doctor Do You See for Foot Pain? If you are...

Tyler Hubbard Visits Elite After Dirt Biking Accident Jul 9th, 2021

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 and slowed down for a while after blowing out my ankle.” His injury required surgery from...

Bunions Jul 7th, 2021

    Overview 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. A bunion is a bump located next to the big toe. It forms when the bones in the big toe are...

8 Elite Doctors Named Nashville Top Doctors Jun 30th, 2021

We are thrilled to announce our 8 surgeons who were named Nashville's Top Doctors by Cassel Connolly and featured in Nashville Lifestyle Magazine. The focus of their care has always been geared towards taking excellent care of their patients and honing their skills in a way that distinguishes them from...

Joint Replacement Specialist - What You Need to Know Jun 25th, 2021

    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.   5 Signs You Need to See a...

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

  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.   3 Common Conditions That Cause Knee Pain Meniscus Tear Symptoms: Popping noise when...

Dr. David Moore Named Best Orthopedic Doctor in Nashville Jun 24th, 2021

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 determine winners of their “Best Of” awards.   Dr. Moore specializes in knee, shoulder, and elbow surgery. He sees patients...

5 Things to Do in the Waiting Room of Your Ortho Clinic Jun 18th, 2021

    Overview 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 an hour.   Below are 5 activities you can do in the waiting room of an ortho...

MCL Tears Jun 16th, 2021

  Overview  The medial collateral ligament, also known as the MCL, is a band of tissue that connects your femur to your tibia. It is the ligament that enables you to move your knee with ease.   There are three grades of MCL tears. Grades 1 and 2 are only partial tears of the ligament, while grade 3 is a complete tear of the MCL.     Symptoms  A...

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,...

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, she...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Physical Therapy Testimonials - Robert Covington Oct 20th, 2019

    NBA player for the Portland Trail Blazers, Robert Covington, came to see our friends at MPOWER Performance Institute. Here's what he has to say about his experience at MPOWER:      Robert Seeked Help After a Knee Injury  I was coming off a knee injury a couple of...

Physical Therapy Testimonials - Dave Briggs Oct 20th, 2019

    Competitive cycler, Dave Briggs, visited our friends at MPOWER Performance Institute after a car accident. Here is what he has to say about his expeience at MPOWER.   Leg Injury Prior to MPOWER I had just finished my 16th season of competitive cycling when I was involved in a...

Physical Therapy Testimonials: DeMarco Murray Oct 20th, 2019

      Demarco Murray, former NFL running back came to see our friends at MPOWER Performance Institute. Here's what he has to say about his experience with MPOWER:   Knee Pain Prior to MPower Physical Therapy I started coming to MPower after suffering a bone bruise MCL injury this...

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...

Spine Specialist Tips That Will Improve Your Posture May 13th, 2019

      You’ve probably been told that good posture is important, but never why it's important. 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,...

Orthopedic 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.    ...

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

      While ACL tears are associated with athletes, 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...

How Sports Affect 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...

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...

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...

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:    ...

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...

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...

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. Conditions 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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

  My Experience with Elite and Kenny Chatman 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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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….  ...

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...

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 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...

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: Football Injury Prevention 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: Volleyball Injury Prevention Sep 3rd, 2014

  A Parent's Perspective: Dr. Chris Glattes 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...

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...