Author: The Orthopaedic Center (TOC)

Joint Replacement: Is it Right for You?

Degenerative joint diseases such as arthritis, musculoskeletal disease, or joint trauma can create complications that impact the quality of your life. TOC’s highly trained and board-certified doctors can help you manage these complications and work towards solutions that support your overall wellness.

We are the first and only group in the region to offer a full range of joint replacements including, Shoulders, Knees, Ankles, and Hips (posterior and anterior approaches), as well as Robotic-assisted Knee and anterior Hip replacements.

For some patients, joint replacement may be recommended. It’s a treatment option that can help restore and improve function for people who experience limitations in their range of motion and mobility, or who are enduring regular pain. Typically, we see these issues in hips and knees, but shoulders and ankles are also affected. When surgery is performed by a joint replacement specialist, patients find that they can return to activities like walking, tennis, gardening, golf, and playing with their kids all without pain.

Joint surgery can be a game changer, but it’s not for everybody. That’s why TOC carefully considers if it’s an appropriate treatment option for each patient as an individual. There’s a thorough discussion of all the available options before deciding on the best treatment plan.

TOC Surgeons: Leaders in Joint Replacement

If joint replacement is the option selected, patients can be confident in the quality of their care with TOC. Our orthopaedic physicians are award-winning and have been awarded a Health Grades Five-Star distinction for Total Knee Replacement as the exclusive Joint Replacement providers at Huntsville Hospital.

Joint replacement patients can also feel confident that their treatment will be state-of-the-art. TOC specialists develop personalized options for each patient including posterior, anterior, and the Mako robotic-assisted surgery.

Whichever joint is causing challenges, TOC has talented, caring professionals to evaluate the extent of your issues, and whether surgical or non-surgical treatment options are best. If surgery is required, you can be confident it will be delivered in a way that maximizes your post-surgery function.

With award-winning surgeons and state-of-the-art technology, TOC is the place to be for joint replacements. Schedule your appointment for a consultation today and take the first step toward enjoying the rest of your active life.


Physicians with special training in Joint Replacement:

Patrick Boyett, DO (Hip, Knee & Shoulder)
Joseph Clark, MD (Hip, Knee & Shoulder)
Matthew DeOrio, MD (Ankle)
David Griffin, MD (Hip & Knee)
James Hughey, III, DO (Hip, Knee & Shoulder)
William Lawrence, DO (Knee & Shoulder)
Mark Leberte, MD (Hip, Knee & Shoulder)
Su Madanagopal, MD (Hip, Knee & Shoulder)
Philip Maddox, MD (Knee & Shoulder)
Allan Maples, MD (Hip, Knee & Shoulder)
Howard Miller, MD (Hip & Knee & Shoulder)
Christopher Parks, MD (Hip, Knee & Shoulder)
Bradley Sabatini, MD (Ankle)
Matthew Smith, DO (Hip, Knee & Shoulder)
Eric Stanford, DO (Hip, Knee & Shoulder)
Thomas Thomasson, MD (Hip, Knee & Shoulder)

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Ashlynn Reed – Athlete Of The Week – February 2023

Congratulations to Ashlynn Reed from Section High School. She is the TOC Sports and Huntsville Hospital Sports Center Athlete of the Week for February 2023!




Ashlynn Reed

Section High School


3.975 GPA



-2X UCA All-American Cheerleader / 2X Regional Cheer Champion / State Cheer Champion / Varsity Cheer Captain

-Beta Club Member / National Math Honors Society Member / Phi Theta Kappa: International College Honor Society

– Hope for Heels Volunteer (Ovarian Cancer Awareness) / Church Member and Food Bank Volunteer

Jacob Roberts – Athlete Of The Week – January 2023

Congratulations to Jacob Roberts from Buckhorn High School.  He is the TOC Sports and Huntsville Hospital Sports Center Athlete of the Week for January 2023!




Jacob Roberts

Buckhorn High School


3.9 GPA



-Selected as Archery Team Member / High School Archery Team Representative for Alabama State and National Competition

-“A” Honor Roll Member / Recognized AP Scholar / National Honors Society Member / 4x Easton Academic Archer

-Eagle Scout / Active Member and Acolyte of local church / Selected to serve as Alabama DeMolay / 100+ Volunteer Hours

Ava McIntosh – Athlete Of The Week – January 2023

Congratulations to Ava McIntosh from Huntsville High School.  She is the TOC Sports and Huntsville Hospital Sports Center Athlete of the Week for January 2023!




Ava McIntosh

Huntsville High School

Cross Country / Track

4.18 GPA



-5-Year Varsity Team Member / 4×800 Relay State Champion / Cross Country State Runner-Up

-Academic Honor Roll / AP & Honors Curriculum / National Honors Society / National Science, Latin, History & Math Society

-Preschool Church Volunteer/Leader / NHS Community Service Club Leader / Mana House Volunteer / Panther Camp Volunteer

Chris Kang – Athlete Of The Week – January 2023

Congratulations to Chris Kang from James Clemens High School.  He is the TOC Sports and Huntsville Hospital Sports Center Athlete of the Week for January 2023!




Chris Kang

James Clemens High School


4.0 GPA



– Varsity Football  Team Member / Varsity Football Team Captain / Starter on First Undefeated Team in School History

-“A” Honor Roll Member / National Honors Society Member / Red Cross Club Member / Scholar Athlete Award Winner

-High School Football Camp Volunteer / Angel Tree Volunteer / Nursing Home Volunteer and Performer

Citywide Physical Exams – Saturday, January 7th @ Godspeed Jones Valley

We hope everyone had an amazing holiday break and made it through the wild weather unscathed.  With a new year brings many changes, but one thing that you can always count on is our commitment to the health and safety of all student-athletes in North Alabama. That is why we are proud to announce that in conjunction with Godspeed-Jones Valley, Huntsville Hospital Sports Center and TOC Sports will be hosting our Spring Sports Citywide Physicals:

Saturday, January 7th from 8:00-10:00am at the Godspeed facility in Jones Valley

This is an amazing opportunity for your athletes to renew their physical exams for the upcoming season and have it updated for the next 12 months. This is also a great time for any NEW athletes to complete their pre-participation physical exam prior to the start of their new season.

In an effort to save parents and students time, TOC has provided an updated AHSAA Physical Exam Form that can be accessed from the “Patient” menu at the top of our webpage; followed by clicking on “Forms and Policies”. You are welcome to print it out at your convenience.

We are happy to be able to care for our community and scholastic-athletes through these events and programs, and look forward to serving you this coming Saturday.

Faith Burgess – Athlete Of The Week – January 2023

Congratulations to Faith Burgess from Priceville High School.  She is the TOC Sports and Huntsville Hospital Sports Center Athlete of the Week for January 2023!




Faith Burgess

Priceville High School

Majorette / Baton / Band

4.23 GPA



-3-Year HS Majorette Captain / Highly Decorated Competitive Twirler w/ multiple awards and titles / Honor Band Participant

-National Society of HS Scholars / National Honors Society / EDGE Leadership Program (Morgan Co) / FCCLA Member

-4X Presidential Volunteer Award Winner – Earning 100+ Hours / Church Youth Group Volunteer / Baton & Dance Instructor

Spine Care at TOC: We have your back!

It’s common knowledge that the spine serves many essential functions: it helps you stand tall, sit comfortably, and move with ease. Whether you are a football player or a retired school teacher, spine injuries can be devastating. Nobody likes to have a “pain in the back.”  You want to take good care of your spine to maintain quality of life, mobility, and independence.

Some common and not-so-common spine issues:

Issues with discs. Injuries can occur in any section of your spine: Neck (cervical), Thoracic (mid-back), and/or Lumbar (lower back). These discs can herniate, tear, and degenerate. The causes of such injuries vary greatly. Degeneration and tears can happen with normal wear and tear from aging, while herniation can result from lifting, twisting, pulling, or some other movement.

Pinched nerves. A nerve can become pinched if there’s too much pressure on it. That can be the result of something pushing on it, like muscle, tendon, cartilage, or even bone. When a nerve is pinched, it can cause tingling, numbness, or discomfort.

Sciatica. The sciatic nerve runs along your back and down to the legs. When that nerve sustains an injury, it can become very uncomfortable. Pain can be felt in the back, legs, and bottom, and the discomfort has been known to hinder common regular motion.

Scoliosis. Kids, adolescents, and those who have arthritis might find that their spine has developed an abnormal curve. This curve can create pressure and discomfort that may affect the back and lower extremities.

There are multiple approaches, both surgical and non-surgical, that can treat these spinal issues. TOC physicians Blake Boyett, Larry Parker, John Rodriguez-Feo, Brian Scholl, Morris Seymour, and Murray Spruiell handle surgical options to address spinal issues; and physicians Hunter Boyett, Brian Carter, Jason Hatfield, Craig Lincoln, and Saranya Nadella specialize in non-surgical interventions for spinal issues. Physicians Steven Buckley, Corey Burke, and Michael Lawley, TOC’s pediatric orthopaedic specialists, treat spine issues in children ages newborn to 14.

Non-surgical approaches include:

Bracing. Some patients find stability and comfort in a corset-like brace. The brace goes around the back and stomach and can provide additional support where needed.

Injections. Several forms of injections can bring relief. Facet injection is primarily performed for chronic neck and back pain due to spondylarthrosis. An epidural injection may relieve radiating arm or leg pain caused when a nerve in the spine is inflamed or compressed (“pinched nerve”).

Medication. Pain and inflammation can often be managed with prescription and over-the-counter medications. These may include steroids and narcotics.

Physical Therapy. With exercise, active therapy, massage, electrical stimulation, heat, ice, or ultrasound, trained practitioners can help alleviate spinal discomfort.

Pay attention to your posture and stretch regularly. Move carefully, with intention, and watch for signs your spine might need attention.


At TOC, we have your back and are here if you need us.


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Tyson Sexton – Athlete Of The Year – December 2022

Congratulations to Tyson Sexton from Scottsboro High School.  He is the TOC Sports and Huntsville Hospital Sports Center Athlete of the Week for December 2022!





Tyson Sexton

Scottsboro High School

Basketball / Track

4.0 GPA


-2X All-Area and All-Regional Basketball Team Member / 3rd Team All-State / Top-5 Scorers in School History / Varsity Track

-“A” Honor Roll Member / National Honor Society Member / Beta Club Member / 6-Time Gold Card Recipient

-Boys State Member / Alan Lott Award for Outstanding Character / “I Dare You” Leadership Winner for Service