If you take a look around you, it’s pretty hard to deny that screen dependence is a big problem in society today. Texting while driving. Strolling while scrolling. Did you know they can also be hard on your hands and wrists? Continue reading “How Your Phone Can Hurt Your Bones”
The Pediatric Orthopaedics team at TOC always strives to makes a difference in the lives of our youngest patients while bringing peace of mind to their families. Over the years, this team has supported thousands of local families through the diagnosis and treatment of their child’s specific health challenges. Their goal is to improve the patient’s quality of life by compassionately caring for their health issue. We treat orthopaedic issues specific to the growing bones of a child from infancy to adolescents such as growth plate injuries, sports injuries, fractures, clubfoot deformity, hip dysplasia, scoliosis, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, and limb length discrepancy.
A combined 66 years of experience
The heart of this dedicated team is made up of two fellowship trained Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeons, Dr. Steven L. Buckley and Dr. Michael G. Lawley; and two dedicated Nurse Practitioners, Elizabeth Schwarze and Jennifer Sharp. Together they offer the only specialized pediatric orthopaedic services within 100 miles, at three north Alabama TOC locations: Huntsville, Madison & Athens. TOC is so proud of this team and the quality pediatric orthopaedic treatment they provide for our young patients.
A community focus
The entire TOC Pediatric Team is committed to our community. When they are not serving the needs of TOC patients, all of the team members volunteer their skills with Children’s Rehabilitation Service, a statewide organization that coordinates various providers, who together build a brighter future for disabled youth and their families.
(This article originally appeared in TOC’s Spring 2019 newsletter.)
Now open: Pediatric Injury Clinic
To better meet the urgent and unique needs of an adventurous child, TOC’s Pediatric Team is now offering a Pediatric Injury Clinic offering walk-in* care any weekday afternoon:
Mon-Fri 1:00-4:00, 5th Floor, Huntsville Main Location (927 Franklin St.)
* Most insurances accepted; physician referral may be required by your insurance.
Pediatric Orthopaedics is a specialized field of orthopaedic medicine. The physicians in this field aren’t just dealing with smaller versions of adult joints; the approach taken is completely different. Continue reading “What is Pediatric Orthopaedics?”
The Kickin’ Bass Coaches Charitable Bass Tournament on Lake Guntersville is a fun and competitive annual fishing tournament that raises funds for local charities. TOC is proud to have supported this event for its 19th annual run, while raising money for local non-profits such as North Alabama Wheelchair Basketball Support Association and Semper Fi Community Task Force of North Alabama. Continue reading “TOC “Casts” Support to Local Charities”
Sleep is paramount for maintaining health and wellness at every stage of your life. Although it may seem like nothing important is happening while you snooze, your body is working hard on important tasks, which are vital to your wellbeing.
TOC First to Offer Spine Surgery at Madison Hospital
We are excited to announce that TOC’s dedicated Spine Team is the first to bring Spine Surgery to Madison Hospital. Furthering our commitment to increase access to expert care, TOC is proud to support our patients’ needs with expert spine care closer to their homes, where they are most comfortable.
The new Spine Surgery service complements a wide variety of TOC’s orthopaedic care at the Madison Hospital location. From preventative care to the latest in surgical techniques, you can trust the experts at TOC for all things spine-related. Whether you need help with an existing problem or you just want to avoid issues in the future, we would be pleased to help you get your “back” on track.
(This article originally appeared in TOC’s Winter 2018-19 newsletter.)
Think back to a time when high school coaches were more than just coaches to their athletes, playing the role of father-figure, team counselor, and even medical professional. Fast forward to today, and while coaches still wear many hats, the days of telling kids to “rub some dirt” on an injury have long gone. Thanks to advancements in sports medicine care for premiere athletes, coaches have turned to TOC Sports for treatment of their athletes’ sports-specific injuries.
But, this system wasn’t put together overnight. In fact, you’d have to turn the calendar back to just before the turn of the century, when sports were big, but not sports medicine…yet. In 1999 a group of sports-trained orthopaedic professionals from TOC answered the call for specialized sports care and assembled to form TOC Sports. Teaming up with Certified Athletic Trainers from Huntsville Hospital, TOC Sports began to identify organizations, on all levels, who could benefit from the care of sports medicine specialists.
TOC Sports Medicine: Supporting Area Athletes
What began as sports medicine support for a small number of schools in our area has grown to include nearly two dozen high schools and middle schools across North Alabama including: Huntsville, Madison, and Athens City school systems, as well as Oakwood and Alabama A&M Universities. Professional teams like the Huntsville Havoc hockey team count on the TOC Sports physicians for their on-the-spot care.
This growth has allowed TOC Sports to become the most comprehensive sports medicine team in Alabama, with some very unique services including pre-season physical exams and injury prevention programs. TOC Sports and Huntsville Hospital also offer a Friday Night Post-Game Injury Clinic during the fall sports season as a way to continue to help athletes after the game is over. Athletes can benefit from our innovative therapies and procedures including: ultrasound-guided injections, bioinductive implants and regenerative medicine, like Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) and Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate (BMAC) treatments which have shown to decrease recovery time in patients recovering from surgery.
Beyond their commitment to the health and well-being of student-athletes, the TOC Sports physicians understand that the word “student” comes before “athlete”. We recognize the dedication it takes to be a successful student-athlete, and proudly support the Athlete of the Year Scholarship Program. This program recognizes outstanding high school seniors who go above and beyond, excelling inside and outside the classroom.
Whether you’re a professional athlete, a weekend warrior or just getting started with an active lifestyle, the Sports Medicine specialists from TOC Sports can develop a game-plan to care for all your orthopaedic needs …and Keep YOU in the Game!
TOC Sports Medicine Physicians:
- Patrick Boyett, DO
- Michael W. Cantrell, MD
- Brian R. Carter, MD
- Stanton B. Davis, MD
- John J. Greco, MD
- James T. Hughey, III, DO
- William D. Lawrence, DO
- Larry M. Parker, MD
- Eric Stanford, DO
TOC Pediatric Sports Medicine Specialists:
(A version of this article was originally published in TOC’s Winter 2018-19 newsletter.)