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Two More Reasons to Choose the Best

Posted on August 20, 2014 to News and Press

Alabama Orthopaedic Clinic is proud to announce the addition of two new fellowship-trained, orthopaedic surgeons – Hand Specialist Dr. Jared L. Burkett and Foot and Ankle Specialist Dr. Grant M. Shell.

Jared L. Burkett, MD

AOC Hand Department

Dr. Burkett is fellowship trained in Orthopaedic Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery.  He is originally from Dothan, Alabama, and he and his wife Shilpa have two children together, daughter Norah and son Dylan. Dr. Burkett completed both medical school and his residency in Mobile at the University of South Alabama. The Burkett family is looking forward to being near both friends and family when they return to the area at the conclusion of his fellowship. Dr. Burkett will begin practicing at Alabama Orthopaedic Clinic in late-August of 2014. 

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Grant M. Shell, MD

The Foot and Ankle Division at AOC

Dr. Shell
is a Mobile native who attended McGill-Toolen High School and the University of South Alabama. He is fellowship trained in Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Surgery and chose this specialty because he believes the foot and ankle are a vital area to one’s overall health and mobility.   His wife Anne and their two children, daughter Marnie and son Whit, are excited to return home to Mobile where they are close to family and friends. Dr. Shell will begin practicing at Alabama Orthopaedic Clinic in late-August of 2014.

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Both Dr. Burkett and Dr. Shell will begin seeing patients in late-August 2014. Call 251.410.3600 today to schedule your appointment.

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Meet Erica Ford: AOC’s Director of Physician & Public Relations

Posted on August 5, 2014 to News and Press

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Alabama Orthopaedic Clinic is proud to welcome our new Director of Physician & Public Relations, Erica Ford. Erica, a Mobile native and St. Paul‘s alum; she received her Master’s in Health Education from Auburn University. After graduating, she began her career in marketing and public relations at a large pediatric dentist office in Birmingham and has continued to work with physicians in some capacity for the last eight years. Erica has a passion for all things health and wellness and loves her career in the healthcare industry.

Erica and her husband, local dentist Corey Ford, moved back to the Mobile area from Birmingham after he completed dental school at UAB. As one of six kids, Erica is happy to be back home close to family.  In her free time, Erica enjoys chasing her one and two-year old daughters around the park, pool and beach.

Erica is excited to join the wonderful staff of Alabama Orthopaedic Clinic . As a former patient of Dr. Zarzour, she knows the level of service AOC gives and looks forward to becoming part of the team.

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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 worked with the New York Giants, New York Knicks, and New York Mets. 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.

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.

If you have a success story or something you would like to share with AOC, please email us at

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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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