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Orthopedic Surgeons Asheville NC

Orthopedic surgeons use surgical and non-surgical methods to treat musculoskeletal trauma, sports injuries, degenerative diseases, infections, tumors and congenital disorders. See below to find local orthopedic surgeons in Asheville that give access to treatment for knee arthroscopy, and lumbar spinal fusion, as well as advice and content on pediatric orthopedics and surgical sports medicine.

Donald Lee Mullis, MD
(828) 252-7331
111 Victoria Rd
Asheville, NC
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Miami Sch Of Med, Miami Fl 33101
Graduation Year: 1972
Hospital
Hospital: Mission St Joseph Health Syste, Asheville, Nc; St Josephs Hospital, Asheville, Nc
Group Practice: Asheville Orthopaedic Assoc

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Samuel David Jarrett, MD
(828) 252-7331
111 Victoria Rd
Asheville, NC
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Loma Linda Univ Sch Of Med, Loma Linda Ca 92350
Graduation Year: 1999

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Eugene S Willett Jr, MD
(828) 252-7331
111 Victoria Rd
Asheville, NC
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Va Commonwealth Univ, Med Coll Of Va Sch Of Med, Richmond Va 23298
Graduation Year: 1969

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James Stevens Thompson
(828) 253-7521
20 Mcdowell St
Asheville, NC
Specialty
Hand Surgery

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William J Turbyfill, DDS
(828) 252-8013
3 Doctors Park Ste A 417 Biltmore Ave
Asheville, NC
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Chris Todd Lechner, MD
(828) 253-7521
20 McDowell St
Asheville, NC
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Oh State Univ Coll Of Med, Columbus Oh 43210
Graduation Year: 1986
Hospital
Hospital: Park Ridge Hospital, Fletcher, Nc; Mission St Joseph Health Syste, Asheville, Nc
Group Practice: Carolina Hand Surgery Assoc

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Peter George Mangone, MD
(828) 258-8800
129 McDowell St
Asheville, NC
Specialties
Orthopedics, General Surgery
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Emory Univ Sch Of Med, Atlanta Ga 30322
Graduation Year: 1993

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Michael James Goebel, MD
(828) 258-8800
75 Livingston St
Asheville, NC
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1992
Hospital
Hospital: Margaret R Pardee Memorial Hos, Hendersonvlle, Nc; Mission St Joseph Health Syste, Asheville, Nc
Group Practice: Blue Ridge Bone & Joint Clinic

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Tally Harry Eddings, MD
129 McDowell St
Asheville, NC
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Nc At Chapel Hill Sch Of Med, Chapel Hill Nc 27599
Graduation Year: 1965

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David L Cappiello
(828) 258-8800
129 Mcdowell St
Asheville, NC
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Leg, Knee, and Hip Pain

 



Knee and hip pain are the most common cycling injuries. The most common cause of knee (and hip pain) in cyclists is iliotibial band (IT band) syndrome. The IT band is a thick fibrous band of tissue, which runs on the outside of the leg from the hip to the knee. Pain is caused when the band becomes tight and rubs over the bony prominences of the hip (greater trochanter) and/or the knee (lateral epicondyle). Tight inflexible lower extremity muscles may worsen the condition.

As injury is generaly a problem of overuse, it is often seen in the cyclist just beginning a training program or early in the training season when the temptation is to do too much too fast. In order to minimize knee and hip pain in the early season, take it easy for the first few weeks - pedal with low resistance and keep that cadence up to at least 80-90 rpm allowing your body to adjust again to road riding. (Likewise with any change that leads to a slightly new bike position.) Minimize hard riding or hill work for the first few weeks. Add in a stretching program for your lower extremities, especially for the gluteus and IT band to help transition you into your riding season.

The most common causes are:

  • Faulty saddle height or position
  • Crank too long - especially if you have chondromalacia
  • Pushing excessively high gears (slow cadence in cold weather)
  • Too much leg work in the gym
  • Cleat alignment
  • Individual cyclist anatomy

And finally don't forget about the low back as playing a role in leg pain - especially the back of the leg and hamstrings. All leg pain is not from problems "where it hurts".

Q. I have a question about lower back and leg pain that I sometimes experience while riding. Sometimes when I am riding my legs will become so racked with pain that I can no longer pedal. I know I have lower back issues from years of heavy Olymic style weightlifting, but this is ridiculous. Sometimes I cannot climb even the smallest hills without stiffness and pain so bad that I almost black out. Any ideas? SG

A. A lot of leg pain is really back pain. So if you have a history of low back problems from the past, I'd start with a good massage therapist that deals with sports injuries combined with a program of back stretches.

Knee Pain

Knee Pain Location

One way to classify knee pain (and identify possible solutions) is to look at the location of the pain.

  • Anterior (see chondromalacia below)
    • Reasons
      • patellar tendonitis
      • patellofemoral syndrome
    • Causes
      • pushing BIG gears - cadence too low
      • saddle too low or too far forward
      • foot too far forward on the pedal
      • crank arms too long
      • leg length discrepancy with seat set for shorter leg
    • Possible solutions
      • ride at 75 rpm or higher
      • raise seat (in small increments of less than 5mm) or move seat back
      • move cleat forward 1 to 2 mm
      • shorten crank arms by 2.5 cm
      • set seat for longer, not shorter, leg with correction for the shorter leg
  • Posterior
    • Reasons
      • hamstri...

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