Services and Treatment

Drs. Hammesfahr and Weil treat orthopedic injuries both surgically and non surgically. Unless surgery is absolutely required, their preferred approach is non surgical utilizing physical therapy, bracing and the appropriate anti-inflammatory medication.

  • Treatment of fractures, sprain, strains, lacerations, cuts, overuse injuries, trauma, sports injuries, worker’s compensation injuries
  • Surgical procedures include both open surgical and arthroscopic surgical procedures for arms and legs including:
    1. Ligament reconstruction
    2. Rotator cuff repair/reconstruction
    3. Tendon repairs/reconstruction
    4. Fracture treatment and internal fixation
    5. Surgical treatment of joint dislocations and instability
    6. Nerve decompression (carpal tunnel release, ulnar nerve release)
  • MRI
  • Ultrasound diagnosis of the musculoskeletal system
  • Hyaluronic (HA) joint fluid (Hyalgan, Euflexxa, Orthovisc) injection treatment
  • PRP (plasma rich protein) treatment
  • Casting and Bracing
    1. Fracture reduction under regional or local anesthesia
    2. Both the traditional fiberglass cast as well as the newer waterproof fiberglass casts are offered
    3. Compartment testing
    4. In house wound vac application
  • Procedure room for minor surgery, suture laceration, pin removal and other similar procedures
  • Supervised PT through preferred PT referrals who implement COSM protocols with individual patient evaluation and treatment as necessary

Specific for Worker’s Compensation Patients

  • Urine Drug Testing
  • Work Status reports on each patient visit
  • Review of Job Descriptions when available
  • Impairment Ratings using the 5th edition of the AMA Guides
Rick Hammesfahr, M.D.

Dr. Hammesfahr graduated from Colgate University in 1973 and the College of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in 1977. The Emory University/Grady Hospital Orthopaedic Residency was completed in 1982. He was Chief Resident in Orthopaedics from 1980-1982. Along with being on the speaking faculty of numerous medical and orthopaedic meetings, Dr. Hammesfahr has been the co-director of several courses on arthroscopy. His publications have focused on arthroscopy, calcaneal fractures, abductor paralysis, wound healing, running injuries, meniscal repair, septic knees, and, of course, sports medicine. Professional organizations are an important part of good medical care. Being asked to join certain medical societies is considered an honor. Among the organizations in which Dr. Hammesfahr is a member or of which he is a Fellow are: the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (which means that he is Board-certified), the Arthroscopy Association of North America, the Atlanta Orthopaedic Association, the Georgia Orthopaedic Society, the Eastern Orthopaedic Association and the Southern Orthopaedic Association. He has served as President of the largest regional orthopaedic association, the Southern Orthopaedic Association.

As a member and chairman of the Curriculum and Examination Board (CEB) of United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) from 2002 until 2012, the CEB was charged with developing the Advanced Tactical Paramedic (Practitioner) program for the Special Operations Command Medics. In 2007, he was awarded the Outstanding Civilian Service Medal by the Command Surgeon of USSOCOM.

While in this capacity, in 2005, he was asked by the City of Marietta to develop a Tactical Emergency Medical Support unit for the SWAT team. As Medical Director for the TEMS unit, he has overseen the program development and training.

He has taught numerous courses on Tactical Medicine. His positions include:

  • Medical Director – Tactical Medical Consulting, LLC, 2013-present
  • Medical Director, Tactical Emergency Medical Support Unit, Marietta Police/Fire Department, Marietta, Ga. 2005 - present.
  • CONTOMS (Counter Narcotics and Operational Medical Support), Faculty, 2009 – present.
  • Tactical Medical Instructor, Center for Operational Medicine, Georgia Health Sciences University, 2012 – present.
  • Committee – Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (C-TECC), Board of Advisors, 2012 – present.
  • Board Member, United States Special Operations Command, Curriculum and Examination Board, 2003 – 2011, Tampa, Florida.
  • Chairman, United States Special Operations Command, Curriculum and Examination Board, 2005 – 2011, Tampa, Florida.
  • He is co-author, along with David Collins, of "Tactical Emergency Medical Support - A Field Manual", now in its third edition.

    • As a Board certified Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Hammesfahr has provided medical coverage for multiple concert performances, treated both recreational and professional athletes, and maintained an active practice as Medical Director of the Center for Orthopedics and Sports Medicine.

      Vitals.com awarded Dr Hammesfahr the Patient’s Choice Award and Compassionate Doctor Recognition in 2013 and recognized him as one of the Top 10 Doctors in the State of Georgia in 2014. Healthgrades.com also placed Dr. Hammesfahr on the Healthgrades Honor Roll.

Craig Weil, M.D.

He is a 1975 graduate of Northwestern University. Following college, he attended the University of Alabama Medical School, graduating in 1979. Dr. Weil then entered an internship in pediatrics and medicine at Emory University in 1979. Subsequently, he did a residency in general surgery from 1980-1981 at Emory University before returning to the University of Alabama for his orthopaedic training.

From 1983 to 1984, Dr. Weil served as Chief Resident in Orthopaedics at the University of Alabama. During his residency, Dr. Weil was selected to speak at the Alabama Orthopaedic Society in 1983 and 1984, with papers discussing knee ligament and meniscal injuries, along with hand anatomy.

From 1984 to 1985, Dr. Weil was a Fellow in Hand Surgery at Tufts University and New England Baptist Hospitals in Boston, Massachusetts. There he was appointed clinical instructor of orthopaedics, participating in the teaching of residents.

Having completed the hand surgery fellowship in Boston, Dr. Weil moved to Atlanta and practiced hand and orthopaedic surgery for two years in West Cobb County before joining Dr. Hammesfahr in 1988.

He has had publications on wrist anatomy and surgical approaches, rheumatoid disease of the upper extremity, and shoulder surgery in both journals and textbooks. Dr. Weil has lectured and participated with both the American Society for Surgery of the Hand and the American Academy of Orthopaedics. Dr. Weil is a Clinical Instructor in Hand Surgery at Emory University and is also an instructor on carpal tunnel endoscopy. Dr. Weil is a member or fellow of: The American Society for Surgery of the Hand, American Medical Association, Atlanta Orthopaedic Society, Cobb and Atlanta Medical Societies, Medical Association of Georgia, Nalebuff Hand Club, and the Southern Orthopaedic Association.

Dr. Weil was board certified in Orthopaedics in 1987. He was also one of the first hand surgeons to receive the Certificate of Added Qualifications in Hand Surgery in 1989 given by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.