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Dr. Edward Hellman

Orthopedic Surgery
Tifton, GA
29 years experience male

Locations

Georgia Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Clinic

Tifton, GA

Address

2227 Highway 41 North, Tifton, GA
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My office hours

Thursday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
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Insurances accepted

UnitedHealthcare

Aetna

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia

Medicare

About

Bio

Board Certified in the fields of orthopedic surgery and spinal surgery. Special interests include the treatment of scoliosis and spinal deformity; and the use of motion sparing and minimally invasive surgical techniques in the spine.

Specialties
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Orthopedic Surgery

Orthopedic Surgery - Spine

Doctor Q&A

5.6K Answers
1.1K Agrees
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Varies: It varies tremendously, i would certainly let your surgeon know. Some patients will just have a little bit of scar tissue that can break up with acti... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Hard to say: There are multiple potential causes of back pain that feels like it is up and down the spinal column. A detailed exam and perhaps an MRI will usually... Read More
A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Yes: Supervised physical therapy (not simply a home program) will usually take care of it. If it does not, a manipulation under anesthesia or an arthrosco... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Possibly: There are some cases of scoliosis that are associated with other musculoskeletal disorders. Klippel-feil syndrome, for example, is a condition in whi... Read More
A 73-year-old male asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Varies: Multiple possible causes, among the more common is trigger finger. I would not hesitate to be seen for it.
A 64-year-old female asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Varies: The term "reverse cervical spine" as you put is an incomplete statement. What we often see is a reversal of the normal cervical lordosis and that des... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Hard to say: There are several possibilities and an exam could probably determine the cause. Probably the three most common causes in a 17 year old would be a sof... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Get checked: I would certainly take her to be checked as soon as possible. The combination of dizziness and vision changes is particularly concerning and a stroke... Read More
A 64-year-old female asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Be checked: There are a number of possible causes, and i would encourage you be checked. An exam and x-ray can usually detect the cause. It is usually either de... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Possibly: It is not common, but I have seen it. A more likely possibility is a pinched nerve in the neck, which can cause shoulder pain and numbness into the h... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Possibly a sciatica: A sciatica is caused by an irritation of a nerve in the back that then can cause pain that runs down the leg like you are describing. There are also ... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Varies: It varies. Most clavicle fractures heal by 8-12 weeks, so you may be just around the corner from feeling better. Thank you for the question.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Yes : The feeling of "gas pain". And bloating as you put it can both be associated with various conditions affecting the GI tract. I would encourage you t... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Varies: It varies based upon the nature of the infection and the nature of the surgery performed. At a minimum, antibiotics are required, but sometimes retur... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Diagnose: It would center completely on the cause/diagnosis, which a detailed exam and possibly further studies can determine. There are many possible causes a... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Varies: It varies based upon the degree of your symptoms and the extent that they are aggravated by activity. Ideally you would stay as active as possible wi... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Be seen: You would be well served to be seen and evaluated to determine the source. An MRI may be indicated.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Be seen: I you have had quite a bit if swelling in your legs, I would probably be seen. It suggests for one reason or another you may be retaining fluid. It ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Varies : There are a number of possibilities. Drinking alcohol does inhibit the fluid resorption mechanism in the kidney causing people to urinate more and th... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Varies: There are a lot of possibilities and i would encourage you to get checked. Many potential causes are musculoskeletal and quite benign, such as a subs... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Absolutely: Yest bursitis of the hip can often respond quite well to an injection of steroid to the area and is often the first line of treatment, particularly in... Read More
A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Be seen: I would certainly be seen immediately. Elderly can go into delirium with relatively simple things like a urinary tract infection, in the other hand s... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Depends: There is a condition known as multiple myeloma which is a cancer that can be quite serious and involves the plasma cells of the immune system. When i... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Varies: Multiple possibilities. In a 21 year old, the most common issue is some generalized ligamentous laxity, which can cause some variable degrees of join... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Varies: The term spondylitis of the lumbar or cervical spine is another way to say you have some degenerative arthritis in your spine, which in and of itself ... Read More
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Probably: It is not ideal to take long term oral steroids, which are associated with osteoporosis, immunosuppression, and diabetes just to name a few things; bu... Read More
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Get checked: Most disc herniation a in the neck can be treated initially nonoperatively, with interventions including therapy. The main exception to this, however... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Get checked : I would certainly let your surgeon know and an exam and x-ray would be appropriate. There are many possible causes, the two most common are an irrita... Read More
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Stay off it: Not as easy as it sound, but if you have truly fractured your coccyx the more you stay off it the less pain you will have and hopefully the quicker it... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Controversial: There is controversy about the pros and cons of young people lifting weights. The arguments against it include that the benefits are limited in a pre... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Be seen: What it would really ce down to is the specific cause for why the person has difficulty walking. Some causes have a very simple fix, but others do no... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Varies: Many cases of scoliosis, even in large curves, are not associated with pain. In patients with pain from scoliosis it can be a muscular pain from the ... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Ignore: Rest, ice, compression, elevation; be seen to determine if surgical intervention is indicated.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Be seen: I would encourage you to be seen. There are many potential causes from very benign to more serious including: an irritation of a nerve in the spine, ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Possibly: Several different possibilities, consider being seen. Among the more common causes is a pilonidal cyst. An exam can usually determine the cause.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Possibly scoliosis: one of the more common reasons a person may have an assymetry in their abdomen or trunk is a condition known as scoliosis. Scoliosis is a curvature o... Read More
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
See below: Radiculopathy implies that there is an irritation of a nerve in the back. S 1 nerve is a specific nerve in the spine, it runs down the back of the th... Read More
A 69-year-old female asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Chondromalacia: In your age group, this probably represents a condition known as chomdormalacia underneath your patella. This is a degenerative condition in which th... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Varies: The treatment of a fracture of the heel (calcareous) varies completely on the more specific nature of the fracture. Non displaced fracture can be tre... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Varies: There are literally hundreds of types of surgery performed on the spine. If you are unsure what type of surgery you had done, don't hesitate to ask y... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Support: understand that you are not alone, there are a lot of support groups now available for patients who have scoliosis and also a lot of resources as well... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Possibly: Weight loss occurs when calories lost is higher than calories taken in. A general rule of thumb is you have to burn about 3500 calories more than you... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Second opinion : If you don’t think the doctor is taking your complaints seriously, it never hurts to get a second opinion, perhaps at more of a tertiary care center.
A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Varies: It varies somewhat from patient to patient, and also by surgeons preference, but usually in the area of 8-12 weeks.
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Hard to say: There can be a number of potential causes, and because of that the prognosis varies. I would certainly let your surgeon know so he/she can pursue the... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Be seen: If you are concerned you had an injury, don't hesitate to be seen and evaluated.
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Varies: There are multiple potential causes for fluid in the knee. The fluid itself can be from an injury, inflammation, or other causes. Osteoarthritis is ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Liver: There are several including the liver, gallbladder, the lower portion of the right lobe of your lung, and the upper right portion of your small and la... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Yes: Yes, potentially. As can other conditions such as a pinched nerve.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Varies: There area many possibilities and usually a detailed exam and appropriate studies can determine the cause. Potential causes include a thoracic radicu... Read More

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Apr 12, 2015
Great doctor. Consistently gives thoughtful, insightful and expert advice.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Hellman is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Hellman is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This was very helpful. Thanks! This was so very useful, it has been so hard to get a reliable opinion here in Peru. It appears that the fracture has not completely healed yet, from source of pain and ...Read More
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This was very helpful. Thanks! I am very impressed. Very professional, extremely timely. I was honestly wondering if any real Dr. would answer let alone answer so quickly. I really appreciate your hel...Read More
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This was very helpful. Thanks! When i see my GP, he is very nitpicky & even the SMALLEST change in my BP or Glucose numbers wants to put me on a rx! I don't want to be on any more rxs! Even other drs ...Read More

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Illinois College of Medicine, IL
Graduated 1992MD

Residency

NORTHWESTERN MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

Awards

Guide to America’s Top Orthopedists (Consumers’ Research Council of America)
America's Best Doctors, Castle Connolly Medical
Top Doctor, Third Place, Georgia - Winter
2013

Affiliations

tifton regional medical center
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