Author: The Orthopaedic Center (TOC)

6 Ways to Prevent Injury While Golfing

Did you know that more than 130,000 people were treated for a golf-related injury in 2015? Even though this sport is a low-impact activity with minimal risk, an injury is still always possible.

Most injuries are the result of overuse, which can occur from repetitive motions made throughout many games of golf. One common condition known as “Golfer’s Elbow” is very likely to occur. This type of injury involves the inflammation of the tendons that attach your forearm muscles to the inside of the bone at your elbow. Golfers also often complain of pain in their lower back, which is typically caused by a poor golf swing.

Learn how you can reduce your risk of developing these types of golf injuries with the following helpful tips!

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The Downtown Open

Have you played the Downtown Open yet?  It’s been extended through July 1!  Check out this trio of brothers playing the TOC putt-putt hole and pointing to the body parts Dr. Lawley helped them heal!

There are 25+ putt-putt holes scattered throughout downtown Huntsville.  Pick up a putter, ball & scorecard at Harrison Brothers Hardware, Sam & Greg’s Pizzeria, or U.G. White’s & join in the fun!

How to Stay Safe While Playing Golf

While no one reading this will probably ever be a Tiger Woods or a Nicklaus, some of us will religiously hit the golf course to try. While most just play golf for fun, the sport can stop being fun rather quickly when you become injured.

The pros know the two main causes of injury while playing golf are poor mechanics and overuse.  The more time you spend playing golf, the higher the risk of injury, but there are techniques, precautions, and little secrets to keep everyone safe on the golf course.

Here are some helpful tips for you.

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Roller Coasters, Summer Activities, And Your Spine

The dog days of summer are approaching with warm weather and vacation plans.

Perhaps you have a road trip nearing that you’ve been planning for months. Maybe you just want to have a “staycation” this year and do some gardening and chores around the house. Whatever form your relaxation takes, always be aware of your spine. No one wants to arrive at their destination or come home with back pain.

Let’s look at some warm weather snafus that can ruin your summer fun.

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The Orthopaedic Center and OrthoSports Athens Announce Merger

We are pleased to announce the merger of The Orthopaedic Center (TOC) and OrthoSports Athens (OSA). By uniting leaders in orthopaedics, spine and sports medicine, the merger of TOC and OSA provides exciting opportunities to improve care and expand service and accessibility for all patients throughout North Alabama and South Central Tennessee. 

Please join us in welcoming Drs. Patrick Boyett, William Lawrence, J. Eric Stanford, J. Blake Boyett, Jason Hatfield and staff to the TOC family!

Andrew Weir – Athlete of the Week – March 2018

Congratulations to Andrew Weir from Grissom High School.  Our Athlete of the Week for March 2018.



Andrew Weir
Grissom High School
GPA: 3.93

– Starting Center Back for Varsity Soccer / Member of Class 7A Area Champion team / Starter for United Soccer Club team
– National Merit Semi-Finalist / Math & Spanish Honor Societies / Grissom H.S. Academic Team Member
– Volunteer – Meals to Grow Backpack Program / Multiple Mission Trip Volunteer / Academic Tutor

6 Common Causes Of Front Knee Pain

If you suffer from front knee pain in Huntsville Alabama, you understand the frustration as you search for relief. Professional athletes, weekend warriors, and those who just love outdoor sports can all attest to how this directly affects daily activities.

To help grow your knowledge and seek comfort, here are 6 common causes of front knee pain, also known as anterior knee pain.

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Emily Vasquez – Athlete of the Week – March 2018

Congratulations to Emily Vasquez from St. John Paul II Catholic High School. Our Athlete of the Week for March 2018.



Emily Vasquez
St. John Paul II Catholic High School
Swimming / Cross Country
GPA: 4.5

-Varsity Team Captain / 4x School Record Holder / Led Team to State and Back-to-Back 2nd Place Finishes
-National German and Latin Honor Society / 4-Year Honor Roll / Gold Medalist-National German & Latin Exams
-Swim Instructor – Inner-City Learning Center & Dolphin Aquatic Special Needs Swimming / Tech & Nurse Asst. – Huntsville Hospital / Manna House Volunteer