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TOCís Friday night high school

Tennessee Orthopaedics is launching their Friday Night Sports Injury Clinics for High School Football on Friday, Aug. 27, at two locations: Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center and the Tower at Parkwest.

Open from 10 p.m. to midnight, these are the only Friday night clinics in East Tennessee where injured athletes can be seen immediately by an orthopaedic surgeon after a high school football game.

Dr. Richard Cunningham, orthopaedic surgeon with Tennessee Orthopaedicís Sports Medicine Program, said, ďour sports injury clinics provide immediate access, so injured athletes donít have to wait in an emergency room, until Saturday, or even the next week to be treated.

ďImmediate assessment and treatment is a critical factor to minimize the risk of an injury getting any worse,Ē Cunningham added, ďand studies have shown that early diagnosis and treatment of sports injuries speeds up the return to play, decreasing lost practice and game time.Ē

Adds Dr. Mike Casey, TOC orthopaedic surgeon, "ACL injuries can sometimes prevent an athlete from playing the rest of the season, and it is much easier to make an accurate diagnosis with an immediate medical evaluation so we can stabilize the injury as soon as possible."

Established in 1997, Tennessee Orthopaedic Clinics provides comprehensive orthopaedic services at six locations in Knoxville and surrounding counties.

Their medical staff includes multi-specialty orthopaedic surgeons, physical medicine/rehabilitation physiatrists, and podiatric surgeons.

TOCís Sports Injury Clinics are located at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center on 19th Street in the Trustees Tower/Suite 600 (Call 524-5365) and the Tower at Parkwest/9430 Park West Blvd./Suite 130 (just west of Parkwest Medical Center). Call 690-4861.

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