THE CENTER FOR ORTHOPAEDICS AND SPORTS MEDICINE
Services and TreatmentDrs. Weil and Steenlage 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:
- Ligament reconstruction
- Rotator cuff repair/reconstruction
- Tendon repairs/reconstruction
- Fracture treatment and internal fixation
- Surgical treatment of joint dislocations and instability
- Nerve decompression (carpal tunnel release, ulnar nerve release)
- Ultrasound diagnosis of the musculoskeletal system
- Hyaluronic (HA) joint fluid (Hyalgan, Euflexxa, Orthovisc) injection treatment
- PRP (plasma rich protein) treatment
- Casting and Bracing
- Fracture reduction under regional or local anesthesia
- Both the traditional fiberglass cast as well as the newer waterproof fiberglass casts are offered
- Compartment testing
- 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
Dr. Steenlage brings an unusual work and education background to his medical practice. His family situation forced him to leave school at the age of 15 and go to work full-time. In addition to working the family farm, he loaded poultry trucks, poured concrete, worked road construction, and managed an apple orchard. Dr. Steenlage started training as a welder when he was 16, and went on to work in steel fabrication. The skills he learned as a fabricator developed into a passion for metal working that continues today. When he turned 18, he also obtained his Commercial Driver’s License, driving trucks for a construction company.
These types of jobs taught him the value of hard work; the injuries that frequently accompany these types of jobs taught him the value of a good orthopaedic surgeon. Wanting to continue his education (and somewhat motivated by the long hours and hard work), Dr. Steenlage obtained his GED, and was accepted at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. He eventually graduated with highest honors, after which he was accepted into Yale University School of Medicine.
While at Yale, Dr. Steenlage completed his doctoral thesis studying the high rate of trauma mortality in Quito, Ecuador. He then completed a 5-year residency in orthopaedic surgery at the University of Kentucky Medical Center, a Level One Trauma Center. Dr. Steenlage then completed a year of specialty training in arthroscopy and sports medicine at the Charité University Hospitals in Berlin, Germany. In Berlin, Dr. Steenlage also served as one of the Team Physicians for the Berlin Thunder, a team in the NFL Europe football league.
Dr. Steenlage has been involved in an extensive amount of research throughout his career. In college, he participated in multiple trauma surgery research projects. In medical school, he completed his thesis studying traumatic injuries in Quito, Ecuador, and initiated a study of military injuries sustained in Ecuador’s border wars with Peru. While at Yale, Dr. Steenlage also studied in England, participating in research studying external muscle stimulation and gait analysis in paraplegic patients.
During Dr. Steenlage’s orthopaedic surgery training, he concentrated his research interests on sports injuries, primarily anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction. He initiated and participated in numerous ACL studies, including developing new ligament reconstruction techniques. His research resulted in numerous publications, with research presentations in 8 different countries. Dr. Steenlage’s research resulted in the development of an entirely new ACL reconstruction technique, which was patented in the U.S and Europe. He is a consultant for orthopaedic instrumentation manufacturers and has been an editor for orthopaedic journals. He specializes in arthroscopic surgery while continuing to treat trauma injuries and general orthopaedic problems.
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.