Author: The Orthopaedic Center (TOC)

Yolanda Davis – Patient Story

Yolanda Davis had her first joint replacement surgery in 2016 after degenerative osteoarthritis destroyed the cartilage in her left hip.

About a year ago, her right hip started acting up. A dull ache soon progressed to shooting pains. At 60, Davis found herself hobbling around with a cane. The Huntsville resident knew she probably needed a second hip replacement but wanted to try a non-surgical fix first. When stem cell injections provided “zero relief,” Davis went to The Orthopaedic Center (TOC) near Huntsville Hospital. X-rays confirmed that the cartilage in her right hip was almost gone.

“As soon as they showed the X-ray, I knew I couldn’t put off surgery any longer,” she said.

Davis chose to have the procedure done by TOC orthopaedic surgeon Christopher Parks, MD, based on “rave reviews” from a friend.

Then COVID-19 arrived in North Alabama, and Davis hesitated. She wondered if it would be safe to have joint replacement surgery in the middle of a pandemic.

But when she reported to Madison Hospital on July 21, the surgical team’s obvious commitment to safety and cleanliness eased her mind. “Once I met the staff, I wasn’t concerned at all,” Davis said. “They were beyond great and made me feel very safe.” Dr. Parks used the anterior surgical approach, accessing Davis’ damaged hip joint from the front, which allowed for a smaller incision and less muscle trauma. Barely a month later, she is walking on her new titanium hip without a cane and getting stronger every day.

“I tell people now that there’s no reason to put off joint replacement surgery,” Davis said. “Just do it.”


Dr. Christopher T. Parks

Dr. Christopher Parks is a member of the TOC General Orthopaedics and the Joint Replacement Centers of Excellence. Dr. Parks earned his medical degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine in Birmingham, Alabama. He completed his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, Arkansas where he served the University of Arkansas football team as a sideline physician. He continued his education and training by completing a fellowship in Adult Hip and Knee Reconstruction at the Southern Joint Replacement Institute at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Dr. Parks is one of only 3 surgeons in North Alabama who are fellowship trained in total joint replacement.

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Hunter Wilson – Athlete Of The Week – October 2020

Congratulations to Hunter Wilson from Section High School.

He is the TOC Sports and Huntsville Hospital Sports Center Athlete of the Week for October 2020!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hunter Wilson

Section High School

Golf / Baseball

4.0 GPA

 

– Varsity Starter – Golf Team / Varsity Starter – Baseball Team

– Class Rank – 3rd / Honor Roll / Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society / Selected Future Leader by Jacksonville St. University

-Jackson County Youth Leader / Volunteer – Hope On Heels / Volunteer – Read to Succeed / Peer Tutoring / Christmas Charities

National Physical Therapy Month

Corine Berry, DPT works with a patient
Corine Berry, DPT and our team of specialized Physical Therapists use exercise, massage, stretching, and other therapeutic methods to help patients of all ages.

Whether preventing or rehabilitating an injury or other physical conditions, physical therapy plays a vital role in making the most of a patient’s long-term health. The specialized physical therapists at The Orthopaedic Center help patients of all ages improve movement and manage pain through exercise, massage, stretching, and other techniques.

Therapists carefully examine each patient and work with them to create a customized treatment plan to practice both in our clinics and at home. By teaching patients how to manage their conditions and injuries, our PTs empower their patients to continue healing beyond our clinics.

With steady repetition, physical therapy can lessen pain, improve mobility, and reestablish proper function. Some components of rehabilitation that our physical therapists focus on include:

  • Range of motion
  • Balance & posture
  • Strength & coordination
  • Mobility
  • Fitness & weight loss
  • Sports injury prevention
  • Sports performance
  • Manual therapy
  • Body mechanics

Every October, we celebrate Physical Therapy Month to spotlight the role our PT’s play in health and wellness. TOC is honored to have some of the best of the best in the physical therapy world work alongside us!

Start the New Year with a Better YOU!

The Time is Now!

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It’s no secret that 2020 has been a tough year, which makes 2021 one of the most anticipated years on record, and for good reasons.  Why not welcome in a new year by saying “Goodbye” to old injuries and “Hello” to a new you!  Don’t postpone getting that treatment you want, and the treatment you deserve.  Now is the time to take care of your health!

As 2020 comes to a close, you may have reached your out-of-pocket insurance deductibles. If so, this is the perfect time to address your discomfort or mobility issues. With flexible holiday schedules and no deductibles, what are you waiting for?

Act Fast to Maximize Your Health Benefits

Too many patients avoid seeking treatment for troublesome conditions simply because they don’t want to pay a fee to be seen by a professional. Most insurance plans come with a predetermined deductible, which needs to be met before services will be covered partially or entirely by your insurance provider.

You begin contributing to your deductible via both planned and perhaps unplanned visits to medical professionals throughout the year.  The costs associated with these visits often add up more quickly than you think, so you may be close to reaching your deductible.

Once the year is over, a new deductible will take effect, leaving you back at the starting point for another year of costs and fees. This is exactly what makes the last few months of the year an opportune time to address your most pressing needs for orthopaedic care.

In addition to reviewing your health insurance deductible, now is also an excellent time to check your FSA (Flexible Spending Account), if you have one.  An FSA is an account used to pay for healthcare expenses, but the funds expire at the end of the year – any money left over is forfeited.  Schedule an appointment now to use up this benefit before the end of the year!

Don’t Wait, Schedule an Appointment Today!

Whether you’re searching for assistance with general orthopaedic conditions or in need of more specialized care, The Orthopaedic Center has everything you need to get back to feeling like your old self in the New Year.

Be sure to schedule your appointment before the end of 2020 and start 2021 off with a better, healthier you!

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Nancy Harkey – Patient Story

Nancy Harkey is a kind, full-of-life individual who has always maintained a very active lifestyle. She was a cheerleader all throughout high school and college, and an aerobics instructor for many years. The end result of all those active years, spending countless hours using all of her major joints, ultimately led her to see a physician. Nancy needed some issues addressed in order to keep her at her best.

Several years ago, Nancy accompanied her aunt for a doctor’s appointment at The Orthopedic Center. Her aunt had injured herself in a fall and was in need of an orthopedic specialist. Dr. Mark Leberte was the orthopaedic specialist treating Nancy’s aunt, and her outcome couldn’t have been better. Once Nancy witnessed how successful Dr. Leberte’s treatment of her aunt was, she knew if she ever needed an orthopaedic specialist, Dr. Leberte would be the physician she would ask for.

Not too much time had passed before Nancy’s activity caught up with her and she needed care. She started to struggle with discomfort in her knees and hip. Even though Nancy knew she would certainly need to have these joints repaired, Dr. Leberte assured her that they would not perform surgery until it was absolutely necessary.  When there was no other option but to have surgery, Nancy had complete confidence that she was in good hands with Dr. Leberte. One moment that stood out for Nancy was how well Dr. Leberte worked his treatment around her diabetic condition, and how he treats any and all concerns someone might have when it comes to surgery and the recovery process.

Dr. Leberte performed surgery on Nancy and replaced both her right and left knee. Nancy recovered well, with no complications from either of her knee surgeries. Besides having her knees replaced, she also went through the procedure of having her right hip replaced. Even with three major joint replacements, Nancy has returned to her upbeat and active lifestyle.

Nancy explained that from the very first visit to the last check up, “Dr. Leberte and his team were extremely great. They provided such a positive and uplifting experience throughout their clinic. Dr. Leberte and his team have the ability to make you forget that you are even at a doctor’s appointment.” Nancy proudly expressed that “this group honestly makes you feel welcomed and shows just how much they truly care for their patients.”


Dr. Mark A. Leberte

Dr. Mark Leberte is a member of The Orthopaedic Center Trauma Team. He is board-certified in orthopaedic surgery. He provides expert care for patients with simple to severe musculoskeletal injuries and related complications such as hip and knee problems. Dr. Leberte offers advanced surgical procedures to preserve function and relieve pain in young and elderly patients. In addition to fracture care, Dr. Leberte provides general orthopaedic surgical care including joint replacement surgery.

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Kennedy Barron – Athlete Of The Week – October 2020

Congratulations to Kennedy Barron from Pisgah High School.

She is the TOC Sports and Huntsville Hospital Sports Center Athlete of the Week for October 2020!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kennedy Barron

Pisgah High School

Softball / Basketball / Indoor Track

4.0 GPA

 

– 5X Alabama Sports Writers Association All-State Selection / 2X Softball State Champion / 3X Girls Basketball State Champion

– 4X NE Alabama CC Aurora Writing Competition Winner / English & Math Honor Societies / Dual Enrollment (Math/Sci/English

– Co-Chair – Hope on Heels Ovarian Cancer Awareness Golf Tournament / Jackson Co. Olympics Hug Buddy Program (4 years)

We want our patients to know that you can feel safe when visiting a TOC clinic

Please read below so that you can be confident in our clinic procedure and additional safety measures.

In compliance with recent policy changes in counties that we serve, and to provide the safest possible environment for our patients, effective immediately, all patients and any guests who enter any TOC facilities will be required to wear a mask or face covering. In the event a patient does not have a mask, TOC will provide one. We appreciate your compliance with our mask policy. As always, TOC will continue to provide exceptional orthopaedic care to our current and future patients in the safest environment possible.

We look forward to taking care of you!