A fall can happen anywhere and at any time, but sadly, according to the CDC an older adult dies every twenty minutes from a fall, and they mostly happen in the home. Since September 22 – 28 is Fall Prevention Awareness Week, it’s the perfect time to inventory your own home and those of loved ones. Preventing falls in the fall and every other season just takes some thoughtful evaluation and a few adjustments.
The After Hours Clinic will be open on Saturday, September 1 from 8:00-11:00 a.m. The After Hours Clinic will be CLOSED on Monday, September 3 and resume its regular schedule on Tuesday, September 4.
Sports Injury Treatments
Despite our best efforts, sports injuries happen… and TOC is here when they do.
The Friday Night Injury Clinic begins on Friday, August 24 and runs every Friday night throughout the fall high school sports season. TOC Sports Medicine physicians and Huntsville Hospital athletic trainers will be available to evaluate and treat student athletes with possible sports injuries. The walk-in clinic (no appointment necessary) is held from 8-11 pm at the Pediatric ER at Huntsville Hospital for Women & Children.
The Orthopaedic Center (TOC) announces the opening of our new Athens location in the brand new Athens Surgery Center at 22454 US Hwy 72, Athens, AL.
The new, larger facility allows us to bring both the TOC Athens Orthopaedic practice and TOC Physical Therapy services under one roof. We will be able to offer additional resources to patients in the expanded space, and the new, combined location makes it even more convenient for members of our community to be united with experts in orthopaedic care.
Drs. Patrick Boyett, William Lawrence, Eric Stanford, Blake Boyett, and Jason Hatfield cover all aspects of orthopaedic care using both surgical and non-surgical treatment methods. The team includes Joint Replacement, Spine, Sports, Hand, Hip, Knee, and Shoulder orthopaedic specialists.
TOC is thrilled to be a part of the new Athens Surgery Center. The three-story medical office building is part of the Athens-Limestone Hospital’s Medical East campus near the U.S. 72/Interstate 65 junction in Athens, and it is part of the Huntsville Hospital network. The state-of-the art building includes an outpatient surgery center with six operating rooms, imaging and laboratory services, a retail pharmacy, and physician office space. TOC Athens Orthopaedic Office and TOC Physical Therapy are located on the second floor of the Surgery Center.
TOC has been a part of North Alabama’s Orthopaedic community for the past 20 years. We remain committed to our patients’ personalized care by providing exceptional orthopaedic health care and continually improving access. TOC has 12 Orthopaedic offices, and 8 Physical & Sports Therapy locations. The main office is located in downtown Huntsville, AL with additional locations at Huntsville South, Ardmore, Decatur, Fayetteville, Florence, Guntersville, Madison, Rogersville, Scottsboro, Winfield, and Athens, AL, in the new Athens Surgery Center.
TOC Athens Orthopaedic Center (256) 233-2332
TOC Athens Physical Therapy (256) 233-4486
22454 US Hwy 72, Suite 200
Athens, AL 35613
We are pleased to announce the merger of The Orthopaedic Center (TOC) and OrthoSports Athens (OSA), effective August 1st, 2018. By uniting leaders in orthopaedics, spine, sports medicine, and rehabilitative therapy services, the merger of TOC and OSA provides exciting opportunities to improve care and expand services and accessibility for all patients throughout North Alabama and South-Central Tennessee.
Please join us in welcoming Drs. Patrick Boyett, William Lawrence, Eric Stanford, Blake Boyett, Jason Hatfield and staff to the TOC family!
“I am very excited about the opportunities the merger with OrthoSports Athens creates,” said Jeff Hamilton, Chief Executive Officer, TOC. “By welcoming OSA’s physicians, staff and four locations into TOC’s family, we will be better able to support our patients with expert care closer to their homes, achieving our goal to improve patient outcomes and enhance the overall patient experience.” Hamilton is part of the executive steering committee that will lead the integration of The Orthopaedic Center and OrthoSports Athens.
TOC has been a part of North Alabama’s Orthopaedic community for more than 45 years, dedicated to providing exceptional orthopaedic health care to our community. Once the merger between The Orthopaedic Center and OrthoSports Athens has been completed, the combined entity, which will continue to carry the name of The Orthopaedic Center (TOC), will have over thirty board certified orthopaedic physicians covering all aspects of orthopaedic care using both surgical and non-surgical treatment methods. The team includes board certified orthopaedic specialists in Joint Replacement, Pediatric, Podiatry, Spine, Sports, and Trauma Orthopaedics as well as Pain Management. Together the merged company will employ approximately 425 people, operate 12 Orthopaedic offices, and 8 Physical & Sports Therapy locations.
This expanded practice will represent the largest orthopaedic, spine and sports medicine group in the state of Alabama. Above all, TOC remains committed to our patients’ personalized care by continually improving access to our various experts. The merger with OSA is a clear example of that commitment. The union will improve TOC’s ability to provide care ranging from preventive orthopaedic care to the latest surgical techniques in a dozen convenient locations throughout our region. And clear communication of current patient information amongst the group’s specialists will be provided by using a shared electronic medical record system across all TOC office locations.
TOC’s main office is located in the Franklin Medical Tower building beside Huntsville Hospital in downtown Huntsville, AL with additional locations at Huntsville South (at Crestwood), Ardmore, Decatur, Fayetteville, TN, Florence, Guntersville, Madison, Rogersville, Scottsboro, Winfield, and Athens, AL, in the soon to be opened Athens Surgery Center.
TOC is thrilled to be a part of the new Athens Surgery Center. The three-story medical office building is part of the Athens-Limestone Hospital’s Medical East campus near the U.S. 72/Interstate 65 junction in Athens, and it is part of the Huntsville Hospital network. This state-of-the art building will include an outpatient surgery center with six operating rooms, imaging and laboratory services, a retail pharmacy, and physician office space. TOC Athens Orthopaedic Office and TOC Physical Therapy will be located on the second floor of the Surgery Center. The new, larger Athens location will give us the opportunity to offer additional resources to patients in this area of our state.
Again, please join us in welcoming Drs. Patrick Boyett, William Lawrence, Eric Stanford, Blake Boyett, Jason Hatfield and staff to the TOC family!
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!
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!
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.
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.
OrthoSports Athens was recently named 2018 Small Business of the Year (11-50 employees) by the Greater Limestone County Chamber of Commerce. Congratulations!