1010 Prince Avenue Suite 115 South Athens, GA 30606
1010 Prince Ave. Athens

Initial Evaluation at Athens Bone and Joint Orthopedic Clinic

Athens Bone and Joint Orthopedic Clinic is a medical practice located in Athens, Georgia.  Dr. John Dorris, Dr. David Bacastow, Dr. Logan Fields and Dr. David Ryan are orthopedic surgeons who have been practicing together and providing orthopedic medical care for the Athens area and surrounding counties for many years.   Our Athens orthopedic surgeons treat tendon pain, sports injuries (ACL tear, Meniscus tears, Rotator Cuff tear), joint pain, plantar fascitis, tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, heel pain, and  carpal tunnel syndrome.

Athens Bone and Joint Orthopedic Clinic is a medical practice located in Athens, Georgia. Dr. John Dorris, Dr. David Bacastow, Dr. Logan Fields and Dr. David Ryan are orthopedic surgeons who have been practicing together and providing orthopedic medical care for the Athens area and surrounding counties for many years. Our Athens orthopedic surgeons treat tendon pain, sports injuries (ACL tear, Meniscus tears, Rotator Cuff tear), joint pain, plantar fascitis, tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, heel pain, and carpal tunnel syndrome.

For the first initial evaluation at Athens Bone and Joint Orthopedic Clinic, please allow approximately 2 hours. If you have seen another orthopedic physician for this same condition or problem, please bring all orthopedic medical records regarding those visits with you. If you are able to get these records to Athens Bone and Joint, prior to your appointment, the physicians will review them in advance. All records can be faxed to 706.353.6525 or emailed to our forms department assistant@athensbonenandjoint.com
If you have had an orthopedic MRI or CT scan or any other orthopedic testing done on your problem area, please bring these documents with you to your appointment.
When the patient arrives at Athens Bone and Joint Orthopedic Clinic, our office will have the patient complete the registration process.

After the registration is complete, the patient will be sent to the Athens Bone and Joint X-Ray Department. Our technicians will take several different digital x-rays for Dr. John Dorris,Dr. Logan Fields,  Dr. David Bacastow or Dr. David Ryan to review prior to meeting with the patient.

The patient will meet with the Orthopedic Surgeon or Physician Assistant following their x-rays, and will be evaluated for their orthopedic condition or orthopedic injury. A plan of care will be discussed and executed.

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Athens Bone and Joint Orthopedic Clinic Recheck and Follow Up Appointments

Recheck and Follow up Appointments are scheduled Monday through Friday in our clincs. During some of these orthopedic appointments, additional x-rays are necessary. Typically, the x-rays are necessary for any fractures, sports injuries, tendon pain or post surgical visits.

Recheck and Follow up Appointments are scheduled Monday through Friday in our clincs. During some of these orthopedic appointments, additional x-rays are necessary. Typically, the x-rays are necessary for any fractures, sports injuries, tendon pain or post surgical visits.

The Athens Bone and Joint Orthopedic Clinic patients should allow 1 hour for the recheck and follow up appointments.

If you have a specific question regarding your upcoming orthopedic appointment, please call our office 706.583.9000 or email our appointments department phone@athensboneandjoint.com.

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Total Knee Replacement

Knee Replacement (or Total Knee Replacement) is an orthopedic surgical treatment for severe arthritis of the knee joint, which causes the patient to suffer from knee pain. The knee joint is where the bottom of the thigh bone and the top of the shin bone come together. Knee arthritis happens as the knee joint wears out causing knee pain and stiffness. If the knee joint is completely worn out, Total Knee Replacement can provide excellent pain relief and allow a return to many activities.

Knee Replacement (or Total Knee Replacement) is an orthopedic surgical treatment for severe arthritis of the knee joint, which causes the patient to suffer from knee pain. The knee joint is where the bottom of the thigh bone and the top of the shin bone come together. Knee arthritis happens as the knee joint wears out causing knee pain and stiffness. If the knee joint is completely worn out, Total Knee Replacement can provide excellent pain relief and allow a return to many activities. Our orthopedic surgeons at Athens Bone and Joint Orthopedic Clinic will consult each patient on their specific need. Dr. John Dorris, Dr. David Bacastow and Dr. David Ryan are orthopedic surgeons who have performed total knee replacement in an inpatient hospital setting many times a week.

Knee arthritis can come in many forms. Osteoarthritis – or wear and tear arthritis – is often inherited.

During the orthopedic surgery, the ends of the bones of the diseased knee are replaced with metal and plastic. Total knee replacement patients at Athens Bone and Joint Orthopedic Clinic are up an on their feet again within the first few days after surgery. Several months of rehabilitation are required to obtain the best orthopedic result. Please contact our orthopedic surgeons at Athens Bone and Joint Orthopedic Clinic for more information.

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Unicompartmental Knee Replacement

Partial knee replacement, also called a unicompartmental knee arthroplasty, is an orthopedic surgery that may be considered for treatment of osteoarthritis of the knee joint. The partial knee replacement surgical procedure has generated significant interest because it entails a smaller incision and faster recovery than traditional total joint replacement surgery.

Partial knee replacement, also called a unicompartmental knee arthroplasty, is an orthopedic surgery that may be considered for treatment of osteoarthritis of the knee joint. The partial knee replacement surgical procedure has generated significant interest because it entails a smaller incision and faster recovery than traditional total joint replacement surgery. Partial knee replacement, which is performed by our orthopedic surgeons is a minimally invasive knee surgery, removes only the most damaged areas of cartilage, and replaces these surfaces.

The partial knee surgery may be possible if the arthritis in the knee is confined to a limited area. If the arthritis is widespread, then the partial knee replacement is NOT appropriate, and should not be considered. Our orthopedic surgeons, Dr. John Dorris, Dr. David Bacastow and Dr. David Ryan will diagnose the patient’s level of osteoarthritis during their consultation.

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Total Hip Replacement

Hip Replacement (or Total Hip Replacement) is a surgical treatment for severe arthritis of the hip joint and is performed by our Athens Bone and Joint orthopedic surgeons in Athens, Georgia.  The hip joint is where the top of the thigh bone and the pelvis bone come together. Hip arthritis happens as the the hip joint wears out causing hip pain and stiffness of the hip.

Hip Replacement (or Total Hip Replacement) is a surgical treatment for severe arthritis of the hip joint and is performed by our Athens Bone and Joint orthopedic surgeons in Athens, Georgia. The hip joint is where the top of the thigh bone and the pelvis bone come together. Hip arthritis happens as the the hip joint wears out causing hip pain and stiffness of the hip. If the hip joint is completely worn out, Total Hip Replacement surgery can provide excellent pain relief and allow a return to many activities. Please contact our Athens Bone and Joint orthopedic surgeons, Dr. John Dorris, Dr. David Bacastow, and Dr. David Ryan for more information regarding your hip pain.

Hip arthritis can come in many forms. Osteoarthritis – or wear and tear arthritis – is often inherited. Hip arthritis can also come after injuries to the hip such as hip fractures or hip dislocations. The arthritis usually causes hip pain in the groin area or inner thigh that is worse with activity, or after a prolonged period of sitting or standing.

Total hip replacement can now be done with a minimal incision approach that minimizes surgery time, pain, and recovery time. Athens Bone and Joint Orthopedic Clinic patients are up an on their feet again the first day after surgery. During the surgery, the diseased hip is replaced with a new metal ball, and also plastic and metal socket.

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Total Shoulder Replacement

At Athens Bone and Joint Orthopedic Clinic, total shoulder joint replacement is an option given to patients who suffer from joint dysfunction. This is usually the result of osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, but more rarely for those who have sustained severe trauma from a shoulder fracture.

At Athens Bone and Joint Orthopedic Clinic, total shoulder joint replacement is an option given to patients who suffer from joint dysfunction. This is usually the result of osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, but more rarely for those who have sustained severe trauma from a shoulder fracture. Generally, all other modes of treatment are considered first for our Athens Bone and Joint patients, such as physical therapy and medication, but total shoulder replacement can provide pain relief in the shoulder area and increased mobility for those who have not experienced relief. Please discuss your questions with our orthopedic surgeons at Athens Bone and Joint.

Shoulder replacement surgery is an option for treatment of severe arthritis of the joint. Arthritis is a condition that affects the cartilage of the joints. As the cartilage lining wears away, the protective lining between the bones is lost–when this happens, painful bone-on-bone arthritis develops. Severe shoulder arthritis is quite painful, and can cause restriction of motion.

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Reverse Shoulder Surgery

The reverse shoulder replacement was specifically designed for a problem called rotator cuff tear arthropathy. Rotator cuff tear arthropathy is a problem that occurs when a patient has both shoulder arthritis/pain and a rotator cuff tear.

The reverse shoulder replacement was specifically designed for a problem called rotator cuff tear arthropathy. Rotator cuff tear arthropathy is a problem that occurs when a patient has both shoulder arthritis/pain and a rotator cuff tear.

The rotator cuff is the group of tendons and muscles that surround the shoulder joint. These muscles and tendons are important in performing shoulder tasks (such as lifting your arm overhead), and keeping the ball of the ball-and-socket shoulder joint centered. When the rotator cuff is torn and causes shoulder pain, the shoulder can wear out, leading to shoulder arthritis.

A traditional shoulder replacement uses a metal ball on the top of the arm bone, and a plastic socket on the shoulder blade. This is similar to how our body is designed with a ball-and-socket shoulder joint. The reverse shoulder replacement uses a ball-and-socket joint as well, but the ball is placed on the shoulder blade, and the socket is placed on top of the arm bone. This is the reverse of our normal anatomy, and thus the name “reverse shoulder replacement.”

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Shoulder Surgery by Athens Bone and Joint Orthopedic Surgeons

There are many surgical options for treatment of disorders of the shoulder.  Surgery may be recommended for anything from conditions such as  shoulder pain, shoulder tendonitis on up to Rotator Cuff Repair and Shoulder Replacement.  Many shoulder issues can be treated without surgery;

There are many surgical options for treatment of disorders of the shoulder. Surgery may be recommended for anything from conditions such as shoulder pain, shoulder tendonitis on up to Rotator Cuff Repair and Shoulder Replacement. Many shoulder issues can be treated without surgery; however, one of our orthopedic surgeons, Dr. John Dorris, Dr. David Bacastow, and Dr. David Ryan, will need to have a consulation in order to diagnose and set a treatment plan for the patient.
We can provide treatment for a wide range of shoulder disorders. Shoulder
Surgery is performed by one of our orthopedic surgeons at Athens Bone and Joint.
If you have a problem with your shoulder, you can call our office 706.583.9000 to schedule an appointment to be evaluated to determine what is causing your symptoms. If you already considering surgery for a shoulder problem, or you think that you may benefit from Shoulder Surgery, you can see one of our physicians to discuss any possible procedures in detail.

Rotator Cuff Surgery
Frozen Shoulder
Total Shoulder Replacement

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Tenex Procedure (Tendon Pain) Dr. John Dorris Athens Bone and Joint Orthopedic Clinic

If you are suffering from tendon pain, Athens Bone and Joint Orthopedic Surgeon – Dr. John Dorris may recommend the Tenex procedure to relieve your pain. The minimally invasive Tenex procedure removes scar tissue quickly and safely without disturbing surrounding, healthy tendon tissue.

If you are suffering from tendon pain, Athens Bone and Joint Orthopedic Surgeon – Dr. John Dorris may recommend the Tenex procedure to relieve your pain. The minimally invasive Tenex procedure removes scar tissue quickly and safely without disturbing surrounding, healthy tendon tissue. This procedure has been proven to reduce pain quickly for people suffering from tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, jumper’s knee, and Achilles tendon injuries.

The Tenex procedure, which orthopedic surgeon Dr. John Dorris performs, achieves the same goal as an open surgery but uses local anesthesia to numb the area surrounding your tendon as opposed to general anesthesia. This minimally invasive technique requires only about six weeks for full recovery, while recovery from a traditional open surgery would require several months.

If you are suffering from tendon pain, tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, plantar fascitis, contact Dr. John Dorris, Orthopedic Surgeon, to see if the Tenex procedure is right for you call (706)583-9000 or troberts@athensboneandjoint.com.

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Athens Bone and Joint Orthopedic Clinic Arthroscopic Surgery

At Athens Bone and Joint Orthopedic Clinic, our orthopedic surgeons are trained to perform Arthroscopic Surgery, which is a type of minimally invasive surgery. A small camera and special instruments are inserted into a joint to allow the surgeon to treat any problems that are noted.

At Athens Bone and Joint Orthopedic Clinic, our orthopedic surgeons are trained to perform Arthroscopic Surgery, which is a type of minimally invasive surgery. A small camera and special instruments are inserted into a joint to allow the surgeon to treat any problems that are noted. Arthroscopic Surgery is used in many types of orthopedic procedures and is most commonly performed on the knee and the shoulder. Often, a portion of a major surgery is done arthroscopically, and then another portion may be done using open incisions.

Many different conditions can be helped by Arthroscopic Surgery. Performing surgery arthroscopically can result in less pain and a shorter recovery time in some instances. Our orthopedic surgeons, Dr. John Dorris, Dr. David Bacastow, and Dr. David Ryan, can evaluate your condition and inform you if you may be a candidate.

If you think you may have an orthopedic condition that could benefit from Arthroscopic Surgery, you can call Athens Bone and Joint Orthopedic Clinic to schedule an appointment to be evaluated or email our nurse, patients@athensboneandjoint.com. If you already considering Arthroscopic Surgery, you can see one of our orthopedic surgeons, Dr. John Dorris, Dr. David Bacastow, and Dr. David Ryan, to discuss any possible orthopedic procedures in detail.

ACL Surgery

Medial and Lateral Meniscus Surgery

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Carpal Tunnel Surgery by Athens Bone and Joint Orthopedic Surgeons

Carpal Tunnel Surgery or Carpal Tunnel Release, is a surgery done on the hand to relieve symptoms from carpal tunnel syndrome. Carpal tunnel syndrome is the compression of the median nerve in the wrist. It often becomes noticeable as pain or numbness in the wrist, hand, fingers or forearm.

Carpal Tunnel Surgery or Carpal Tunnel Release, is a surgery done on the hand to relieve symptoms from carpal tunnel syndrome. Carpal tunnel syndrome is the compression of the median nerve in the wrist. It often becomes noticeable as pain or numbness in the wrist, hand, fingers or forearm.

Typically, surgery is considered if the patient has been diagnosed and treated for carpal tunnel syndrome, but has not gotten adequate relief. Usually a patient that is a candidate for surgery will also have abnormal Electrodiagnostic Studies that show moderate or severe carpal tunnel syndrome.
Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery is an outpatient procedure. A small incision is made at the base of the palm. The thick tissue that surrounds and pushes on the median nerve is split. This provides more space for the nerve and is usually very effective at relieving the symptoms. The patient cannot use the hand for strenous activities for several weeks after the surgery.

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Bunion Surgery by Dr. David Bacastow - Athens Bone and Joint Orthopedic Clinic

Bunions are very common among women in the United States. Our orthopedic surgeons treat this medical condition daily. When a patient has a bunion, the base of the patient’s big toe (metatarsophalangeal joint) gets larger and sticks out. The skin over it may be red and tender.

Bunions are very common among women in the United States. Our orthopedic surgeons treat this medical condition daily. When a patient has a bunion, the base of the patient’s big toe (metatarsophalangeal joint) gets larger and sticks out. The skin over it may be red and tender. Wearing any type of shoe may be painful. This joint flexes with every step you take which can cause pain. The larger a bunion gets, the more it hurts to walk, and bursitis may set in. The big toe may angle toward your second toe, or even move all the way under it. The skin on the bottom of the foot may become thicker and painful. Pressure from the big toe may force your second toe out of alignment, sometimes overlapping the third toe. An advanced bunion may make the foot look grotesque. If a bunion gets too severe, it may be difficult to walk. The pain may become chronic and a patient may develop arthritis. Dr. David Bacastow will provide more information to each of his patients. Please call our orthopedic clinic to set up an appointment or email, nurse@athensboneandjoint.com

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Imaging Service at ABJ Orthopedic Clinic

Athens Bone and Joint Orthopedic Clinic is excited to announce to our patients that we are able provide MRI services in our Athens Office. Please direct any questions to Sarah Harrison (precerts@athensboneandjoint.com) 706.583.9000or email Brandy Peters, our X-Ray supervisor bstarr@athensboneandjoint.com

Athens Bone and Joint Orthopedic Clinic is excited to announce to our patients that we are able provide MRI services in our Athens Office. Please direct any questions to Sarah Harrison (precerts@athensboneandjoint.com) 706.583.9000, or email Brandy Peters, our X-Ray supervisor bstarr@athensboneandjoint.com

Magnetic resonance imaging, otherwise known as a MRI, is the use of a nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer to produce electronic images of specific atoms and molecular structures in solids, especially human cells, tissues, and organs. The image and resolution produced by MRI is quite detailed and candetect tiny changes of structures within the body. For some procedures, contrast agents such as gadolinium are used to increase the accuracy of the images.

An MRI scan can be used as an extremely accuratemethod of disease detection throughout the body. In the head, trauma to the brain can be seen as bleeding or swelling. Otherabnormalities often found include brain aneurysms, stroke, tumors of the brain, as well as tumors or inflammation of the spine.Neurosurgeons use an MRI scan not only in defining brain anatomybut in evaluating the integrity of the spinal cord after trauma.It is also used when considering problems associated with thevertebrae or intervertebral discs of the spine. An MRI scan canevaluate the structure of the heart and aorta, where it can detectaneurysms or tears. It provides valuable information on glandsand organs within the abdomen, and accurate information aboutthe structure of the joints, soft tissues, and bones of the body.Often, surgery can be deferred or more accurately directed afterknowing the results of an MRI scan.

An MRI scan is a painless radiology technique whichhas the advantage of avoiding x-ray radiation exposure. Thereare no known side effects of an MRI scan. The benefits of an MRIscan relate to its precise accuracy in detecting structural abnormalitiesof the body. Patients who have any metallic materials within thebody must notify their physician prior to the examination or informthe MRI staff. Metallic chips, materials, surgical clips, or foreignmaterial (artificial joints, metallic bone plates, or prosthetic devices, etc.) can significantlydistort the images obtained by the MRI scanner. Patients who haveheart pacemakers, metal implants, or metal chips or clips in oraround the eyeballs cannot be scanned with an MRI because of therisk that the magnet may move the metal in these areas. Similarly, patients with artificial heart valves, metallic ear implants, bullet fragments, and chemotherapy or insulin pumps should not have MRI scanning.

If you would like more information on this procedure contact us 706.583.9000 or 706.395.1679. One of our orthopedic surgeons, Dr. John Dorris, Dr. David Bacastow or Dr. David Ryan, will be able to help.

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Injections at Athens Bone and Joint Orthopedic Clinic

At Athens Bone and Joint Orthopedic Clinic, the first line of treatment by our orthopedic surgeons, Dr. John Dorris, Dr. David Bacastow, and Dr. David Ryan, for osteoarthritis of the knee aims to relieve pain. Normally, pain relievers such as ibuprofen or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are used

At Athens Bone and Joint Orthopedic Clinic, the first line of treatment by our orthopedic surgeons, Dr. John Dorris, Dr. David Bacastow, and Dr. David Ryan, for osteoarthritis of the knee aims to relieve pain. Normally, pain relievers such as ibuprofen or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are used, along with physical therapy, applications of a topical analgesic and injections of a corticosteroid. However, some people have a reaction to NSAIDs and these agents usually bring only temporary relief.

A relatively new orthopedic procedure, called viscosupplementation, injects a preparation of hyaluronic acid into the knee joint. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance found in the synovial (joint) fluid. It acts as a lubricant to enable bones to move smoothly over each other and as a shock absorber for joint loads.

People with osteoarthritis (“wear-and-tear” arthritis) have a lower-than-normal concentration of hyaluronic acid in their joints. Viscosupplementation may be a therapeutic option for individuals with osteoarthritis of the knee. To have any other questions answered regarding these injections, please contact our office and speak with Dr. John Dorris or Dr. David Ryan’s nurse, who will be able to help assist you. If you would prefer emailing our nurses, Tina Roberts (Dr. Dorris’ nurse) can be emailed at troberts@athensboneandjoint.com, or Lytasha Craft (Dr. Ryan’s nurse) can be emailed at tcraft@athensboneandjoint.com.

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