Earlier this summer, I spent some time at the Washington Redskins training camp in Richmond. It was a fantastic experience in a beautiful new facility. On fan day, there were over twenty-five thousand people present at the camp, making for a great experience being on the field. Fortunately, we did not have any major injuries other than your usual hamstrings, ankles, shoulders and contusions that come with playing the game. At any given time, usually half of the players on the field have some sort of issue that needs to be dealt with. I recall this as a player and it still continues to hold true today.
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Kevin Griffin was born with cerebral palsy, a condition which frequently affects normal usage in the hands of those challenged with it. People that have this disability often suffer from deformities of the joints along with permanently rigid, tightened muscles. This is his story before and after receiving treatment.
At Atlantic Orthopaedic Specialists, Mr. Griffin met with Dr. Samuel Kline, a board certified hand specialist who examined him and assessed his functional status. Being left-handed, he was glad to hear that Dr. Kline recommended a procedure that would allow him to gain function in this extremity. On May 9th, Kevin underwent the surgery which consisted of fusing a bone in his left hand and also lengthening a tendon.
In a recent interview, Mr. Griffin exclaimed that "The results are amazing. I am now able to do things that I simply could not do before such as; shooting a basketball or gripping something … anything". He knows that he still has some work to do during his physical therapy sessions, in strengthening his hand. However, he is now looking forward to a very bright future and thanks Dr. Kline for his improved quality of life. Kevin later added that "This past Father’s Day I was able to shake my father’s hand for the very first time in my life".
Four Atlantic Orthopaedic Specialists’ Orthopaedic Surgeons Named as “Top Docs” in Hampton Roads Magazine
Drs. Timothy E. Budorick, J. Abbott Byrd III, Chad R. Manke and John J. Schaffer of Atlantic Orthopaedic Specialists have been selected by their peers in the medical community as “Top Docs” for 2013 in the August/September issue of Hampton Roads Magazine. Physicians are selected via surveys sent out to doctors throughout the Hampton Roads region. In each survey participants are asked “What doctor would you contact if you or a loved one needed medical care? The “Top Docs” selection is made from those physicians receiving the most votes in each specialty category.
Dr. J. Abbott Byrd III, Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon with Atlantic Orthopaedic Specialists, has been named member of the Practice Management Instructional Course Committee (ICC) of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). The key mission of the ICC is the planning, implementation and evaluation of instructional course lectures at the AAOS’s annual meeting. It also ensures that curricula provided meets the current needs of Academy fellows and is in accordance with all essential standards of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).
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.
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.