Dr. Edward Hellman

Orthopedic Surgery
Tifton, GA
31 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

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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

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A 76-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
Not really: Exercise is in general is good, but it really does not do much for the condition of spinal stenosis. Somewhat similar in thought process to exercise ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
Pretty much: The most common type of arthritis is known as degenerative arthritis and describes the gradual wearing down of the cartilage cushion in a particular j... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
Not very: In general, curves less than 45 degrees do not progress in an adult patient nor do they carry an increased risk of back pain than the general populati... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
Function: Gradual loss of function and difficulty staying active. Patients with untreated spinal stenosis will often become more and more sedentary.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
Depends: It varies quite a bit based upon the nature of the surgery done. A fusion would take considerably longer to recover from than a micro-discectomy, for... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
Pain: Pain, swelling, difficulty moving all would be potential signs of a fracture. I would not hesitate to be seen.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
Exam and xray: If you have persistent, severe pain and a sufficient mechnism in which you could have fractured your elbow (such as a fall), then an exam and xray to ... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
Pretty well: They have been refined and tested over and over in labs and in practice. The results do vary based upon not only the hip replacement itself, but also... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
Depends: If you have a true, structural deformity of the spine, only surgery can correct that. Many mild deformities certainly don't warrant that. If there i... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
Varies: The vast majority of cases of radiculopathy are not permanent, however there are times when a nerve can be damaged to the extent that it will permanen... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
Varies: It varies, some cases are mild and patients have minimal symptoms; in other cars patients can have severe pain and limited ability to stand and walk a... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
Varies: It varies somewhat based upon the expertise of the doctors in your region. Fractures of the facial bones can be treated by three specialties: ent, or... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
Multiple: Multiple. Inflammation, arthritis, overuse are some of the more common causes.
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
Varies: It varies somewhat. In general, moist heat helps with pain related to spasm where as cold can help "numb" pain coming from superficial structures. E... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
Release: You essentially release the transverse carpal Ligament which then opens up and expands the volume of the carpal tunnel giving more room for the median... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
Get help: Immobilize as best as you can and urgently seek medical attention.
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
Xrays: In many cases, the findings on a patient with even a large scoliosis curve can be subtle. This is in part why schools will screen for scoliosis. The... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
No: No, not at all. Ideally the neck is kept in a relatively neutral position during sleep and pillows can potentially help do this.
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
Check up : Multiple potential causes from metabolic conditions such as diabetes, thyroid disease; you could be anemic; you could have sleep apnea; can be stress ... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
Varies: I would need quite a bit more specific information about the specifics of the fracture. Displaced fractures of the patella usually require surgery in... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
Multiple: Multiple functions: it produces synovial fluid that then lubricates the joint, it provides some degree of stability to the joint, it can aid in the nu... Read More
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A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
No: No, alcohol can not make spinal stenosis worse.
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A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
Varies: There are multiple potential causes. Some patients with chronic back problems can have a spasm that can cause sudden, severe pain. It can be nonmusc... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
Stenosis: There are multiple potential causes, but I. Your age group, spinal stenosis is probably most common cause. In spinal stenosis, the spinal canal is na... Read More
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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
Hip: Hip pathology often causes symptoms referred to the groin, donut sounds like you may have an issue withdraw hip on that side. I would not hesitate to... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
Depends: There are a lot of potential causes of neck pain. Each potentially has different treatments. Thankfully, most cases respond to simple thinds such as... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
Collarbone: The clavicle (collarbone) is the most commonly broken bone. Other common fractures involve the wrist, ankle, hip, and vertebrae. Good question.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
Somewhat: There are a multitude of treatments for spinal stenosis which to some extent can "cure" the symptoms of spinal stenosis to variable degrees. For exam... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
Diet: There are diets that are very much anti inflammatory and then there are foods that promote inflammation and should be avoided.
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
Varies: It really can vary from twisting, flexion, extension, or direct impact.
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
Yes: A cervical disc herniation can definitely cause severe shoulder pain and pain that runs down the arm into the hand. It is not the only cause, however... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
Sometimes: It varies, but yes it potentially can. If the fracture displaced it can cause stenosis, or if arthritis sets in stenosis can develop as well.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
Varies : Varies based upon type of surgery done, type of anesthesia, any medical issues etc. routine is usually 39-60 minutes, but can vary quite a bit.
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
Varies: It varies somewhat based upon a more specific description of the humerus fracture. In general, humerus fractures take about 8-10 weeks to heal. Most... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
Be seen : Many cases of scoliosis do not require treatment and then some do. Do not hesitate to be seen by a specialist to discuss your specific case and whethe... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
Spinal surgeon: Neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons both do surgery on the spine for herniated discs. Thank you for your question.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
X-ray : Comparing a recent X-ray with one done earlier will tell it it is getting worse. Some people will also check if their height is decreasing as well, w... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
Opposite side: Ipsilateral means same side. So a right sided disc herniation that causes pain would be expected to cause pain in the ipsilateral, right, leg. Contr... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
Varies : The most common type of spinal stenosis is known as degenerative spinal stenosis and it is more not felt to be inherited. There is a type of spinal s... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
Get help: You should not lift with the fractured arm. Your choices would either be to just use the other arm alone, and/or get someone to help.
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
Variety: There are a variety of Heath professionals that treat SI pain including physiatrists and orthopedists. Treatment can involve strengthening and stretc... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
Varies: There are a number of conditions that can cause knee pain without injury. These can include inflammatory, congenital, and developmental conditions. ... Read More
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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
Varies : There are a number of potential causes. Among the more common are: related to the use of a tourniquet around the time of surgery, related to the pero... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
Varies: In an otherwise healthy person, a short term trial of steroids is reasonably safe. But steroids can potentially have severe consequences including st... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
Pick one: You might just have to pick the physician you are comfortable with. The risk, as you have found out, of getting a second opinion is what to do if the... Read More
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
Varies : Varies quite a bit, there are a number of possible considerations. Certainly the hope is that the fluid that has accumulated in your knee does not re... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
Surgery: Femoral anteversion is a rotational abnormality if the hip that causes the person to walk with the foot pointed in. In an 18 year old the only choice... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
Be seen: I would certainly be seen by a primary care doctor to have these issues discussed and come up with a plan to get you better. Treatment of your anxiet... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
Varies: There are a number of possible causes, from a more severe injury to the plantar fascia to a n injury to the joints of the midfoot, to even a stress fr... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
Multiple: The rib cages protects your heart and lungs from blunt trauma that otherwise might injure them. It maintains the size of the lung cavity and provides... 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! 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
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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

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

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