New providers, clinics and services are bringing more options for pain relief and orthopaedic care to Middle Tennesseans.
Mid-Tennessee Bone & Joint Welcomes Pharr
Mid-Tennessee Bone and Joint Clinic in Columbia has recently welcomed Zachary Pharr, MD, to the practice.
Pharr received his degree in biology from Lipscomb University in 2010 and was part of the university golf team. He received his medical degree from University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine in Memphis in 2015 where he served as an elected member of the class leadership committee, graduated in the top of his class with Alpha Omega Alpha honors and was selected by his peers to the Gold Humanism Honor Society for his compassionate care. Pharr then completed his orthopedic residency in at the historic Campbell Clinic where he served as a peer selected chief resident during his final year. He completed his fellowship at the renowned American Sports Medicine Institute in Birmingham, Ala., with Andrews Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center, assisting with orthopaedic coverage for the University of Alabama 2020-2021 National Champion football team.
Throughout his training in residency and fellowship, Pharr has treated athletes at all levels from youth to professional sports, including the University of Memphis and University of Alabama athletics, Memphis Redbirds and Birmingham Barons baseball and the Memphis Grizzlies. He has authored multiple publications, book chapters, and surgical technique videos, including multiple presentations throughout the country. Pharr is passionate about sports medicine and is looking forward to working with local athletes. Pharr's primary focus will be sports medicine, including minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder, elbow, hip, and knee, as well as Tommy John surgery, in addition to general orthopedics.
Ascension Saint Thomas Rutherford Celebrates Opening of New Perioperative Medicine Clinic
In August, Ascension Saint Thomas Rutherford held a blessing ceremony to celebrate the opening of its new Perioperative Medicine Clinic on the first floor of the hospital. The clinic will offer general medical clearances for scheduled surgical orthopedic and spine patients, in addition to post-intervention medical care for those patients.
"We are pleased to offer a clinic in Rutherford County dedicated to providing a comprehensive experience for the spine surgery or joint replacement surgery patients," said Thomas Roddy, chief operating officer, Ascension Saint Thomas Rutherford. "Upon a patient's completion of their visit, they should feel confident and at ease about their upcoming surgical experience."
Following a blessing and anointment of the clinic with holy water, Ascension Saint Thomas Rutherford President and CEO Gordon Ferguson said, "We believe there is no better way to celebrate the promise and healing that these facilities will bring to our community than with a blessing. When all aspects of care are aligned, it makes it more convenient for patients to get the care they need better and faster."
The ceremony marked the completion of the $640,000 investment to redesign and remodel the new clinic area.
TOA's New Lebanon Clinic
Last month, Tennessee Orthopaedic Alliance (TOA), Tennessee's largest orthopedic surgery group, held an open house to showcase their new Lebanon clinic and sports performance space. Former Tennessee Titan and four-time NFL Pro Bowl safety Blaine Bishop was on hand to help christen the new center.
TOA's Lebanon facility features an orthopedic clinic, physical therapy, walk-in appointment availability, personal training, and specialized sports performance training for individuals and groups. TOA sports performance provides support for high performance athletes, sports teams and leagues, and weekend or casual athletes and is currently offered at their Franklin and Lebanon locations. Specialized sport-specific strength and conditioning programs focus on targeted training to meet the needs of competitive and recreational athletes of all ages, skill and experience levels.
In addition, TOA's medical providers and athletic performance staff collaborate to offer a return to performance program that bridges the gap between injury rehabilitation and return to activity. Training programs are specifically designed to provide a safe, progressive return to play. Each program can be customized to focus on a patient's return to activity following an injury, whether operative or non-operative.
IMAC Holdings Launches Acute Care Services for Musculoskeletal Injuries
In July, Brentwood-based IMAC Holdings, Inc. announced the launch of its dedicated acute injury service line for musculoskeletal injuries.
The acute injury service is available at IMAC Regeneration Center locations in Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri and Tennessee, which specialize in providing regenerative, orthopedic, and minimally invasive procedures and non-opioid therapies that are ideally suited to treat acute musculoskeletal injuries often caused by a wide range of accidents.
"This is about patient access. It is important to assess acute injuries quickly and provide proper medical management for the most complete recovery, return to activities and to reduce the risk of chronicity," states Ricardo Knight, MD, PT, medical director of IMAC Illinois. "Our teams have extensive experience treating musculoskeletal injuries for patients of all skill levels and abilities."
Patients in need of acute injury medical services may also contact the nearest IMAC facility to schedule an appointment for an onsite or telehealth evaluation. IMAC currently delivers work-related injury rehabilitation services for the United States Department of Labor. According to a 2016 Center for Disease Control survey, 39.5 million people visited doctor's offices for personal injuries, including those related to car accidents, slip and falls and work-related injuries.