On Thursday, May 2nd 162 nurse case managers, employers and other rehabilitation professionals gathered at the Virginia Beach Resort Hotel & Conference Center to hear the latest on treatment and care of the Workers’ Compensation patient. The conference hosted annually by Atlantic Orthopaedic Specialists (AOS) is provided at no-charge to members of the WC community. This year attendees sat in on fourteen presentations given by AOS physicians and physical therapists which focused on occupational injuries, their treatment, and individually tailored return-to-work therapy programs. In addition to earning 7 credit hours in various nursing and case management certification areas, participants visited exhibit booths, and mingled with case managers, risk managers, WC attorneys and AOS occupational therapists, physicians & surgeons. Summing up the overall success of the program, one case manager commented that “it is always a benefit being considered a part of the team”. Strengthening the channels of communication between professionals in the WC field and providing resourceful and timely information in a highly interactive and educational medical program continues to be this annual conference’s main goal.
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Dr. Mark A. Bewley, Orthopaedic Surgeon with Atlantic Orthopaedic Specialists, is scheduled to give the orthopaedic review lecture at this year’s EVMS Physician Assistant Board Review Course. On Monday, May 13th, Dr. Bewley will take the podium beginning at 8:30 a.m. and conclude his presentation at 10:20 a.m. The talk will be held in the Roper Auditorium at Lewis Hall, with approximately 50 -75 graduating students expected to attend. This will be the 4th consecutive year that Dr. Bewley has been invited to conduct this segment of the course.
Atlantic Orthopaedic Specialists’ own Dr. Gibson was recently appointed Chair of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Board of Councilors at the AAOS Annual Meeting in Chicago. For additional information, click here.
Dr. Bradley T. Butkovich, Fellowship Trained Sports Medicine Surgeon, Examines the 2013 NFL Combines
With the NFL Draft fast approaching, I’d like to share a bit of my experiences at the NFL Combines. Since 2006, I have been with the medical staff at the NFL Combines in Indianapolis, IN. I am one of three orthopaedic surgeons that work with the Washington Redskins to evaluate all 330 or so collegiate players that aspire to be part of an NFL team each year. The Redskins owner Dan Snyder, the entire Redskins coaching staff, and the training and therapy staff attend the combines as well, as it is also a time and a place to work out business deals, catch up with fellow coaches and colleagues and evaluate the players coming out of college.
As part of the Redskins medical staff, our duties are to examine and evaluate each player’s medical and physical health and capabilities necessary to perform in the NFL, and more specifically for the Redskins. Each player is put through a rigorous exam that includes medical lab tests, EKG’s, echocardiograms, MRI’s, x-rays, a comprehensive medical and musculoskeletal exam and psychological testing. Each player then receives a grade on his medical exam as far as concerns for injury, longevity and overall health. This grade is combined with intelligence examinations, team interviews and the more prolific strength, speed and skill testing which allows the team to rank each athlete’s overall value.
On Monday April 29th, Dr. G. Raymond Payne III will discuss osteoarthritis of the knee and MAKOPlasty®, an innovative procedure to relieve degenerative joint pain. The seminar will begin at 6:00 p.m. For additional information, click here.
Dr. Bradley T. Butkovich, an Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Surgeon, has recently joined the team at Atlantic Orthopaedic Specialists. He received a full, athletic football scholarship to the University of Richmond where he earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees in Biology. Dr. Butkovich went on and received his medical training at the Medical College of Virginia and completed an Orthopaedic Surgery Residency at the University of Florida-Gainesville, followed by a Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy Fellowship at Orthopaedic Research of Virginia in Richmond.
Dr. Butkovich is board certified in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy, as well as General Orthopaedics. He is a consultant with the Washington Redskins and participates as an examining physician for the NFL combines in Indianapolis, IN. Dr. Butkovich also serves as physician for the Eastern Shore Ballet Company as well as the high schools of the Eastern Shore of Virginia and as an orthopadic expert on the "Health Matters" radio show.
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(Article source Bon Secours 757 Good Health Blog, March 13, 2013)
Ann Hoopes was in a desperate situation. So desperate, in fact, that no physician was willing or capable of helping her. In 1999 while in her early 40s, she was stricken with a condition that bent her spine into a 90 degree angle. Doctors were unable to diagnose the cause or find a treatment. For 13 years, Mrs. Hoopes endured pain so strong that she was on morphine. She was virtually housebound because she was embarrassed to go out in public. She and her husband traveled to five states seeking relief for her pain. She says, “No one would take me after seeing my x-rays.”
During a visit last summer to see pain specialist Dr. Quigley, Mrs. Hoopes’ breakthrough finally came. Dr. Quigley told Mrs. Hoopes that he knew a doctor he thought could help her. He referred her to Dr. J. Abbott Byrd, who first saw Mrs. Hoopes in July 2012. Mrs. Hoopes says, “Dr. Byrd examined my x-rays. He then asked me when did I want to have surgery. I was surprised and skeptical at first because so many doctors told me they could not help me. I had even been told that I would never walk upright again. Dr. Byrd was so confident that he could straighten my spine that I decided to trust him and have the surgery.”
The surgery was performed at Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center in two stages, the first on October 12, 2012 and the second on November 2. During the first stage, Dr. Byrd inserted cages in her back to make space for the reconstruction that would occur during the second operation. Mrs. Hoopes explains, “They straightened my spine, rebuilding each vertebra so now the blood can circulate into the spongy areas between them. I can walk normally again.”
Prior to the surgery, Mrs. Hoopes measured 5’1″. Now, with her spine straightened, she is her true height of 5’8″. Mrs. Hoopes says, “God sent Dr. Byrd to me. He is a miracle worker who gave me a new lease on life. I am now the person I once was. I have hope.”
The staff at AOS has been busy collecting toys and filling over 175 Christmas stockings for the Salvation Army’s “Fill-A-Stocking” program. Each stocking is almost two feet in length and will contain a number of small toys and games for children between the ages of 6 and 14 years. These stockings will be distributed to boys and girls throughout Hampton Roads in time for the holiday.
Atlantic Orthopaedic Specialists has recently expanded its Chesapeake office (Greenbrier area) located at 733 Volvo Parkway, Suite 300. The new facility encompasses the entire third floor of the building and provides expanded orthopaedic and PT services for visiting patients. An “Open House” followed which provided guided tours to members of the local medical community and offered an inside look into all of the group’s comprehensive orthopaedic services.
On Saturday, October 20th, 63 primary care physicians and other healthcare practitioners attended “Orthopaedics for the Primary Care Physician”, an annual CME program co-hosted by AOS and Eastern Virginia Medical School. This year’s half-day course focused on “Shoulders, Hips and Knees” and was held at the Westin – Virginia Beach Town Center. Doctors Mark Bewley, Bradley Carofino, Chad Manke and Raymond Payne were presenters at the conference. Attendees of the program received 4 contact hours of CME, heard about the latest in orthopaedic procedures and took part in Q & A sessions.