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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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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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AOC Welcomes Our Newest Members to the AOC Sports Team

Posted on August 21, 2013 to News and Press

The AOC Sports team is pleased to announce the recent hiring of two new Certified Athletic Trainers:



Alex White, ATC is a recent graduate from Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN where he received his Bachelor’s Degree. He most recently has been the Head Athletic Trainer for the Nashville Storm Arena League Football Team and St. Andrew’s Sewanee School. He will be providing sports medicine coverage at Mary G. Montgomery High School. Alex will be starting with AOC on August 26th.



Kyle McDowell, MS, ATC received his Bachelor’s Degree in Athletic Training from Troy University and his Master’s Degree in Exercise Science from Mississippi State University. He has 13 years experience as a Certified Athletic Trainer and he comes to AOC from Providence Hospital where he has worked for the last two years. He will be providing sports medicine coverage to Bishop State Community College.


Alex and Kyle will primarily be working offsite, providing coverage at their schools. AOC is glad to welcome them to our team. The AOC Sports Team delivers superior orthopaedic care to athletes, as well as a unique Sports Medicine service to coaches, parents and certified athletic trainers. To expedite an appointment or to inquire about Sports Medicine coverage at an event, please call our Sports Medicine Hotline at 251-380-SPRT (7778). This hotline is set up so that athletes, athletic trainers, coaches and/or parents can speak directly with someone to make an appointment and get their athlete (or themselves) seen by a Sports Medicine Specialist within 24 hours. This means a quicker return to the playing field and less time on the sideline.

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What To Do If You Have an AC Dislocation: Watch Dr. Clayton Lane of AOC Sports Medicine Explain

Posted on August 13, 2013 to News and Press

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Thanks to modern medicine, surgery, and the skills of sports medicine specialists at Alabama Orthopaedic Clinic, shoulder separations can be surgically repaired through 4 small “poke holes” rather than the large incisions of the past. Shoulder separations, aka AC (acromioclavicular) dislocations often heal without surgery, but when they don’t it can be career-ending for an athlete.

Here is the layman’s terms of AC Dislocation. You have two major bones in your shoulder, X BONE (Acromion) and Y BONE (Clavicle), and lots of ligaments. When you take a significant blow to your shoulder, like being tackled by a linebacker or a falling onto the point of the shoulder, your ac joint can dislocate

Usually, people know they have an AC Dislocation because they see a noticeable bump atop their shoulder and it will be sore. In this case, we recommend going to see a doctor. Your doctor will most likely recommend you keep the shoulder immobilized. Occasionally, though, AC Dislocations require surgery. In the past, this meant large incisions through the deltoid muscle and use of a large metal screw to hold the clavicle down. This screw technique was fraught with complications and required a second surgery to remove in all cases. Now, however, a sports specialist can perform a superior repair arthroscopically, with no screws.

What’s equally impressive is that you can watch a video of Dr. Clayton Lane at AOC perform the surgery and tell you what he is doing. This video gives the technical terms and explanations of the surgery, so you know exactly what will be happening and what to expect.

AOC has the technology, skilled doctors and nurses, and caring staff to make sure you are properly cared for. While surgery often times is unnecessary for AC Dislocation, AOC is highly qualified to help you make the best informed decision for what is best for you and your loved ones’ health.

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AOC invites local managers & administrators to a FREE seminar

Posted on August 5, 2013 to News and Press, Seminars

Healthcare Reform Questions? We have some answers for you.











AOC invites local managers & administrators to a FREE seminar:

A Different Approach to the Affordable Care Act:
Using Healthcare Reform to Optimize Your Group’s Medical Plan

This FREE AOC seminar is open to local employers (healthcare and non-healthcare industries) to learn about the Medical Captive solution to the Affordable Care Act and also other ideas to “optimize” groups’ medical plans in the face of healthcare reform. In this seminar, Julie Hass, HR Director at Alabama Orthopaedic Clinic and Jack Tew, Senior VP of Employee Benefits from S.S. Nesbitt & Company will discuss how the Affordable Care Act is affecting your business today and what it will mean for the future of your company.

Seminar Objectives include:

  • How does the delay in the employer mandate change the dynamics of Healthcare Reform?
  • Are you negatively impacting employees by offering affordable and acceptable coverage?
  • Learn how to reduce the mandates you must comply with by self-insuring through a medical captive
  • Q&A session to address your Healthcare Reform concerns

Julie Hass, HR Director
Alabama Orthopaedic Clinic, PC

Jack Tew, Senior VP of Employee Benefits
S. S. Nesbitt & Company.

A Different Approach to the Affordable Care Act Seminar details:
When: Thursday, August 8, 2013
Where: AOC – 1st Floor waiting room
3610 Springhill Memorial Dr. N., Mobile, AL 36608
Time: Check-in 5:15 p.m., Seminar 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
RSVP:  You are welcome to bring support staff from your office that may benefit from this topic.
Seating is limited so please RSVP via or 251-410-3654

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