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Summer Sports: Who Will You Draft?

Posted on June 3, 2014 to News and Press



Which doctors should you trust for Summer Sports Injuries?

With summer fast approaching, it means one thing…football training. Preparation for the 2014 football season will soon be under way, and coaches are eager to implement new schemes devised from the lengthy offseason. If everything goes according to plan, their strategies should lead their team to a championship. But let’s be honest, everything rarely goes according to plan. The fact is, by the time season starts, solid starters will have turned to sideline supporters. Every summer, teams lose numerous players to off the field training injuries.

Some of the most common injuries in football primarily deal with the ankles, knees, and shoulders. These are often times cause by poor flexibility, form, and diet, all of which can be reduced if training properly. Others are just unavoidable. So who should you trust on your team when an injury occurs? Who should you choose to keep your team in playoff contention…?

Here are some game changing picks that should surely be chosen in the first round:

           NAME                                     POSITION                                           COLLEGE

Clayton G. Lane                                  MD                            Boston University School of Medicine

Analysis:  A true team player, Dr. Lane treats his patients like family. Originally from Pascagoula, Mississippi, Dr. Lane traveled far from home to receive the best training possible. It paid off. He has a huge upside, specializing in Arm, Elbow, Foot and Ankle, Hand and Wrist, Hip, Knee, Shoulder. A solid pick for any team.

W. Christopher Patton                     MD                                      Baylor College of Medicine

Analysis: Team chemistry is key to any winning team, and Dr. Patton has perfected just that. He is a student of the game, keeping up with everything new involving breakthroughs in sports medicine. With shoulder and knee injuries still prominent, Dr. Patton is surely to make an impact early.

César M. Roca, Jr.                               MD                           Tulane University School of Medicine

Analysis: A truly multidimensional prospect, Dr. Roca is a game changer. An avid sailor on the side, Dr. Roca knows how to stay calm and perform under pressure. Poise on call makes him one of the best. Specializing in shoulder and knees, Dr. Roca has everything a team is looking for to compete for a championship.


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16th Annual Alabama Orthopaedic Clinic Charity Golf Inivitational

Posted on May 6, 2014 to Community Events


It’s that time of year again! The 16th Annual AOC Charity Golf Invitational will be held at Azalea City Golf Course on Wednesday, May 14th at 11:00 a.m. This year ALL proceeds from this community outreach event will benefit Victory Health Partners.

Victory Health Partners provides for the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the medically underserved by providing affordable, quality healthcare services to those that may not otherwise have access. They are able to do this through the generous support of our community. Since 2003, Victory Health Partners has provided services to over 15,800 residents in and around our community.

May 14th is right around the corner, so please take this opportunity to register early for the tournament. The format will be a “4-Man Scramble”. We will also have a $10,000 hole in one contest, a putting contest, four (4) closest to the pin prizes and prizes for the 1st & 2nd place teams with the best gross & net scores.

Lunch is provided to all participants before we start. Registration begins at 11:00 a.m., lunch at11:30 a.m. and a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. If you are unable to join us, please consider sponsoring a hole for this incredible ministry. Hole sponsors have an opportunity to bring and set up a tent to “host” the hole they are sponsoring.  This is an excellent opportunity to visit with our golfers by providing marketing materials, snacks and/or beverages.

Thank you in advance for your consideration.  We appreciate your support for Victory Health Partners.  Please contact Sabrina Alexander if you have any questions at (251) 410-3654 or

Use this entry form to sign up and see a list of sponsorship opportunities: AOC-14-16_GolfForm-WEB


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Dr. Setzler Is Adding Chatom to His List of Locations!

Posted on April 17, 2014 to News and Press

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We are happy to announce that starting on Friday, April 18th Dr. Roger M. Setzler will begin holding clinic at our Chatom office location on campus at Washington County Hospital. Dr. Setzler is Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and specializes in the treatment of hand and upper extremity disorders and total knee replacement.

Dr. Setzler will hold clinic in Chatom on alternating Fridays, starting at 8:30am. To request an appointment, please call (251) 410-3600 or complete our Request an Appointment form.

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Comebacks Start Here: Mr. Terry’s Success Story

Posted on February 11, 2014 to News and Press


Recently, Buddy Terry, patient of Dr. Patton, underwent an Anterior Cruciate ligament repair surgery for his right knee injury. Terry successfully underwent surgery and was able to start a regimen of sport specific rehabilitation at Alabama Orthopaedic Clinic Physical Therapy. Thanks to the doctor and staff, and Terry’s willingness to stick to his plan for recovery, he was able to hike to the highest point in Nevada, Boundary Peak.

The hike to the top is about 10 miles round trip with an elavation gain/loss of 6000 vertical feet. This climb includes steep grades, lots of rocky uneven footing and fall potential. Terry wore his Donjoy brace, which is strapped to the pack in the picture only for a short time while he enjoyed the view, to help him during the climb, especially the downhill portion.

Mr. Terry says, “You guys do great work…”. Here at AOC we strive to help individuals get back on their feet, in more ways than one, through all we do and we are so glad to have made it possible for Buddy Terry to get back to doing what he loves.

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Nor Snow Nor Sleet Nor Gloom of Ice

Posted on January 29, 2014 to News and Press


Nor snow nor sleet nor gloom of ice could keep Dr. Russell Hudgens away from his hospital rounds today. Alabama Orthopaedic Clinic, located in Mobile, Alabama, has been battling severe snow, sleet and ice from Winter Storm Leon, a very unusual occurrence in the south. Dr. Hudgens left his home this morning to trek the 2.5 miles to Springhill Medical Center to check on all of AOC’s patients. That is dedication!

Devon Walsh, news anchor on WKRG channel 5, mentioned Dr. Hudgens on the air this morning during .

We are happy to report Dr. Hudgens returned home safely! Now he is trying to find a way to Mobile infirmary for a scheduled surgery. Thank you Dr. Hudgens!


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Preventing Bone Fractures: 5 Good Tips To Keep You Safe

Posted on November 14, 2013 to News and Press


Preventing Bone Fractures: 5 Good Tips to Keep You Safe

Many of us have fallen and broken a bone at some point or another in our lives, or we know someone that has. So we’re all well aware of just how easy it is to fracture a bone. Accidents happen all of the time and when these accidents result in a bone fracture, the road to recovery can be a long one. A visit to an orthopaedic doctor and possibly even surgery may be required. Not to mention, these injuries often require additional treatment after cast removal, such as physical therapy.

It goes without saying, bone fracture prevention is important for many reasons regardless of a person’s age. However, as a person ages, bone fractures become more serious situations and are also more likely to happen. For example, hip fracture rates increase exponentially with age and a hip fracture can lead to serious health problems. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, “Among adults 65 and older, fragility fractures are the primary cause of hospitalization or death”.

The Bone Fracture and Osteoporosis Connection

Osteoporosis is a degenerative bone disease involving the gradual loss of bone tissue as a person ages. This reduction in bone density makes the bones extremely fragile. The fragility of the bones causes them to break more easily, which is why people with osteoporosis need to be extra careful in the prevention of bone fractures. If a person with undiagnosed osteoporosis were to break a bone, the situation is even more dangerous.

So how do you avoid bone fractures? The key is proper prevention.

5 Bone Fracture Prevention Tips:

  • Eat Healthy:  Keep your bones fit with a healthy diet. I’m sure when you think of a nutritious diet for bone health the first thought that comes to mind is Calcium. But, calcium is actually not the only important nutrient needed for bone health. Vitamin D and Vitamin K are important as well.
  • Exercise:  Exercising regularly will strengthen your muscles and improve balance, which will make you stronger and help you to avoid falls.
  • Fall Proof Your Home:  As we get older, our vision begins to fail us; this can lead to falls. Keep your home well-lit, so you can better see where you’re going and decrease your chance of falling. Keep rooms clutter free of things that you could easily trip over, avoid slippery floors by putting down runners or carpeting, install handrails where needed, and avoid slips in the shower or bathtub with a rubber mat.
  • Take Care of Your Health:  If you have health conditions that require attention, make sure that you’re taking care of yourself. Treating medical conditions keeps you strong and healthy, so that you’re in good physical shape. Ignoring medical conditions makes you weak and therefore more susceptible to falls.
  • Medications:  Certain medications can increase your chances of falling due to side effects that affect your balance. Talk to your doctor about any balance issues as well as your fears of falling and resulting bone fractures.

Think you are at risk for osteoporosis? Take the “Are You At Risk” Quiz

Call AOC to schedule a bone density test today to find out if you may be at risk for Osteoporosis, 251.410.3600

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Dr. Patton, Sports Medicine Physician You Can Trust On and Off the Field

Posted on September 25, 2013 to News and Press

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Dr. W. Christopher Patton of Alabama Orthopaedic Clinic P.C.

Physician specializing in Sports Medicine

First Job: Mowing lawns
First Car: Rusty 1962 Nova
Favorite local event? Mardi Gras

Personal Life

Married to Dr. Cindy Patton and has one son


University of Mississippi, Baylor College of Medicine


University of Tennessee College of Medicine


Hughston Sports Medicine Foundation and Hughston Clinic

Areas of Specialty

Sports Medicine


American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy Association of North America, Hughston Society, Medical Society of Mobile County, and Southern Orthopaedic Association

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Can Arthritis Affect You? Dr. Russell A. Hudgens, M.D.

Posted on September 3, 2013 to News and Press


Arthritis is the most common cause of disability in the United States. With over 100 types of arthritis, we tend to focus on the most common type, osteoarthritis, also called degenerative joint disease, and the other most common type, inflammatory arthritis. This ailment affects up to 80% of people during their lifetime.

Osteoarthritis is caused by destructive wear and tear of the articular cartilage which covers the end of joints. All joints have a cartilaginous end to the bone. This tissue is well organized and is very smooth with low friction; therefore it takes multiple years and multiple cycles for a joint to typically wear out.

There are multiple causes for this wear.  It can be due to simple aging changes, hereditary factors, malalignment of the joints, or excessive strain to the joints such as repetitive wear or excessive weight.

Patients who come to Alabama Orthopaedic Clinic for arthritis pain are often diagnosed by the history of the joint pain and stiffness, the physical signs of joint pain, stiffness, malalignment, increased warmth or swelling, and confirmed by other diagnostic tests such as x-rays. The diagnosis of inflammatory arthritis can be assisted with x-rays, but are more typically diagnosed by laboratory tests such as rheumatoid factor, a sedimentation rate and an antinuclear antibody test or screen.

Unfortunately, there is no known cure for arthritic conditions; however, great progress has been made over the recent years in trying to find disease-modifying agents that can potentially slow the process of the development of arthritis. The initial treatment for arthritic conditions is related to activity.  This may be in the form of exercise, stretching, physical therapy or occupational therapy.  Next, diet may be important.  Not only does weight loss help joint wear, it may reduce some of the strain on the joint and certain types of diets may reduce the actual causes of inflammation in the body.  Medications which are frequently used for this include categories such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories.

If you are having symptoms or problems occurring from arthritis, please call and schedule and appointment today, 251-410-3600 or visit

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The Dangers of High Heels: Dr. Clayton Lane

Posted on August 28, 2013 to AOC Physician Articles

Illustration by Henrik Sorensen ~ Via New York Times


In January of 2012, The New York Times wrote a piece on the findings of several postdoctoral researchers at the Musculoskeletal Research Program at Griffith University in Queensland, Australia. The article is called “A Scientific Look at the Dangers of High Heels,” and presents the effects on the muscles and tendons of women who wear high heels at least 40 hours a week. While the aesthetics of high heels can be debatable, the science of the effects are less easy to argue with.Dr. Clayton G. Lane of Alabama Orthopaedic Clinic P.C. summarized this article, and points out the main take-aways to urge you to start thinking of stylish and realistic ways to keep your muscles and tendons in top shape:

The article points out that wearing high heels is not where the risk of injury stops.“The risks [of wearing high heels] extend to workouts, when heel wearers abruptly switch to sneakers or other flat shoes. ‘In a person who wears heels most of her working week,’ according to Dr. Cronin, the foot and leg positioning in heels ‘becomes the new default position for the joints and the structures within. Any change to this default setting, like pulling on Keds or Crocs, constitutes a novel environment, which could increase injury risk.’ ‘It should be noted,’ adds Dr. Cronin, ‘that in his study, the volunteers were quite young, average age 25, suggesting that it is not necessary to wear heels for a long time, meaning decades, before adaptations start to occur.’”

Dr. Lane seconds Dr. Cronin’s advice, “So, if you do wear heels and are at all concerned about muscle and joint strains, his advice is simple. Try, if possible, to ease back a bit on the towering footwear. Wear high heels maybe ‘once or twice a week’, and if that’s not practical or desirable, try to remove the heels whenever possible, such as when you’re sitting at your desk. The shoes can remain alluring, even nestled beside your feet.’”

If you need more convincing on the dangers of continuously wearing high heels,watch Dr. OZ make a connection between high heels and arthritis. And give AOC a call to learn what you can do to keep your muscles and joints running smoothly.

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Dr. John McAndrew has the secret to happy feet

Posted on August 22, 2013 to News and Press


Dr. John McAndrew at Alabama Orthopaedic Clinic understands that what you put underneath your feet affects how your whole body feels. Here are some words of wisdom that will make your feet happy.

As a foot and ankle surgeon, there is not a day in the office when someone does not discuss shoes.  Proper protection and comfort are critical for our feet, as they are continuously subjected to high stress and injury with normal daily use.  Shoe-wear issues are a constant balancing act between the need of protection and comfort versus style and social expression.

Women, particularly, can struggle with the shoe dilemma. While heeled, fashionable pumps, can seem to be a good fashion choice, the consequences of prolonged wear could make them less desirable. The constant use of heeled and pointed pumps will ultimately contribute heavily toward heel cord contracture, insertional spurs on the back of the heel, toe deformities including bunion and hammer toes; as well as forefoot nerve compression syndromes. Moreover, they can be unstable and subject the wearer to greater risk of ankle sprains and tendon injuries.

Flip-flops on the other hand are comfortable, but non-supportive. They leave the foot largely unprotected against injury. Walking barefoot carries the non-supportive risk to its ultimate, and is particularly dangerous in the diabetic patients with nerve sensibility issues.

Moderation is the key to life, and footwear is no exception.  Fashionable, heeled pumps and casual un-supportive flip flops are all appropriate and good in the right setting, but are not to be worn most of the time.

Remember, whatever the shoe you choose, first and foremost it must fit. Uncomfortable shoes by definition do not fit, and will reliably lead to structural and painful problems with the feet.

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