Dr. Ki-Hon Lin

Orthopedic Surgery
Carrollton, GA
27 years experience male

Locations

Carrollton Orthopaedic Clinic

Carrollton, GA

Address

150 Clinic Ave., Carrollton, GA
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My office hours

Thursday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
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Fax

7708346118

Insurances accepted

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia

UnitedHealthcare

Medicare

Carrollton Orthopaedic Clinic

Villa Rica, GA

About

Bio

I am a fellowship trained board certified orthopedic spine surgeon, with interest in optimizing nonoperative treatment prior to consideration of surgery.

Specialties
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Orthopedic Surgery

Orthopedic Spine Surgery

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

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269 Agrees
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Several options: First is weight bearing exercise, such as walking and/or using light weights, to stress and therefore build bones. Calcium and vitamin d supplements ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Degeneration: Strictly speaking, arthritis refers to pain/inflammation in joints. In reference to the spine, most doctors are simply referring to degeneration, or ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Possible fracture: There may be an occult (hidden) fracture of the collar bone. If you have not had x-rays, then you should see an orthopedist for further evaluation.
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A male asked:
Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Unlikely: The nerves in the low back travel downwards, into the legs, not up towards the neck, so from a neurologic standpoint, back surgery would not affect th... Read More
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A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Coccydynia: Pain at the tailbone, or coccydynia, may be due to local inflammation, prior trauma, or instability. A localized steroid injection may help, as well ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Degenerative: Basically refers to degenerative (aging) changes of the spine. Disk/osteophyte refers to bone spur and/or disc protrusion (often can't clearly differ... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Cartilage, ligament: This could be caused by torn cartilage in your knee, or ligament problems. It would be reasonable to try a knee brace and NSAIDs for a while, and the... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Possibly but unlikel: Left arm pain can be a sign of a heart attack, especially if associated with chest pain. However, at your age, that would be quite unlikely. It woul... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Surgery: Shoulder arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgery done with very small incisions, through which instruments and cameras can be placed to perform pr... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Yes: Heat can definitely potentially help in this situation. You may also want to try NSAIDs and stretching.
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A 54-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
No actual damage: Cold weather does not cause any actual damage to arthritic joints, per se, but the cold weather and barometric changes can cause increased pain in art... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
See a physician: This could represent pathology within the knee, such as torn cartilage. Alternatively, pinched nerves in the lumbar spine could also cause pain in th... Read More
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A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Degenerative: Basically refers to degenerative (aging) changes of the spine. Disk/osteophyte refers to bone spur and/or disc protrusion, and facet/uncovertebral hyp... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Stretches: Most likely just awkward positioning during sleep. I would recommend gentle stretches, and you can try heat as well. Advil (ibuprofen) can be taken ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
X-ray: A break and a fracture are exactly the same thing - a broken bone. A sprain refers to a ligamentous injury. In the vast majority of cases an x-ray w... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Nonspecific: Your complaint is fairly nonspecific and a number of conditions could be the cause, such as degenerative disc, herniated disc, pinched nerve, facet ar... Read More
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A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Yes: A stepper machine should be fine, especially if progressively increased in difficulty. For my patients with back/joint pain, i generally recommend av... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Pinched nerve: Not sure what is being asked here but sitting constantly is not typically a cause of pinched nerves. At your age, a pinched nerve would be more typic... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Back pain: Often times, conservative treatment such as physical therapy (including strengthening and stretching) and anti-inflammatory medications will work. It... Read More
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A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Lipoma: Often times these are lipomas, which are simply benign masses of fatty tissue. Very rarely do these cause any problems - in rare cases, there may be ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Nonspecific: Joint popping is almost always benign (similar to cracking knuckles) and very rarely means anything bad. Extreme leg pain can be caused by many thing... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Consult your doctor: This question really can't be adequately answered online. Presumably the cyst is benign, and most hairline fractures will heal uneventfully with cons... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Unlikely: This is unlikely, unless you are sleeping in a way to place direct irritating pressure to the costochondral area.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Varies: This is going to vary depending on the severity of the it band symptoms, the patient's adherence to treatment such as stretching, and the patient's ov... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Muscle: If your pain is exercise related, especially at your age, you have probably sprained an abdominal muscle. Go easy on the ab exercises until your symp... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
See a physician: Anything that's been going on for that long really should be evaluated by a physician - that is the only way to really assess if it's serious. Diagno... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Neither: A tens unit is not prescribed for healing purposes - it is prescribed for symptommatic treatment, i.e. To reduce pain. Therefore, it would not be exp... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Tension headache: A diagnosis of tension headache, strictly speaking, refers to headaches caused by stress and tension which result in muscle tightness and posterior he... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Anti-inflammatory: Cod liver oil contains omega-3 fatty acids, which are believed to have an anti-inflammatory effect, which could potentially help with joint/muscle pai... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Possibly: If you have had a good functional outcome from the surgery, most surgeons would be somewhat reluctant to go back into surgery to shave down a bony pro... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Possibly: Yes, but generally it would take a fairly significant scoliotic curve to see that. Scoliosis can cause not only curvature of the spine in the frontal... Read More
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A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Injections: I'm guessing you're referring to greater trochanteric pain syndrome. Steroid injections are very effective treatment. Oral and/or topical anti-infla... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Nonspecific: This is a fairly nonspecific complaint and could be cause by any number of factors such as poor body mechanics, suboptimal technique, suboptimal condi... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Neck anatomy: At the base of the neck, the C7 and t1 spinous processes are much longer than the spinous processes above them, which results in a "bump" at the cervi... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Diet and exercise: Losing weight and gaining muscle boils down to diet and exercise. Watch your calorie intake, eat healthy (lean proteins, lots of fruits and vegetable... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Thoracic spine: It appears you've had a thorough cardiac workup, so a spine workup should be considered at this point - imaging, exam, etc. Your pain may be coming f... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Manipulation: Long term immobilization always leads to joint stiffness, which, as you are experiencing, can be extremely difficult to overcome. First, you need to ... Read More
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
No: Sciatica specifically refers to pain radiating down the sciatic nerve, which runs down the back part of each leg and is comprised of a combination of ... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Probably not: By "back problems" i will assume that you mean neck pathology. The symptoms you have described, other than neck pain, are not typical for cervical pa... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Possibly: There are many different types of bodybuilding supplements (i.e. Creatine, amino acids, protein supplements, glutamine, etc) so it's hard to answer th... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Any way: I am not aware of any medical studies showing that laying in certain positions will cause damage to your internal organs or your back. For some, layi... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Conservative care: Unfortunately, as you can imagine, treatment options are limited for a pregnant patient. Your best bet is relative rest (continue to remain active as... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Maybe: A metacarpal fracture should be a very treatable condition and for most patients will cause no future problems. However, if the bone does not heal in... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Recommend MRI: It sounds like you may have a herniated disc which is pinching nerves. If you have had physical therapy and you are no better, then i would recommend... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Defect: That means there is a small defect in the cartilage at the inside part (medial) of the joint surface of the kneecap (patellar articular facet). This ... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Back pain: This is a very broad and nonspecific question. There are numerous potential causes of lumbar back pain, such as myofasciitis, deconditioning, disc de... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Nonspecific: Neck pain can be caused by many things, such as muscle sprain/strain, disc degeneration, herniated disc, etc. In general terms, your treatment option... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Radiculopathy: At your age, and given your history, your symptoms are more likely to be from a pinched cervical nerve (radiculopathy) than from a cardiac issue. It ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Stenosis: In laymen's terms, lumbar spinal stenosis refers to pinched nerves in the lumbar spine. Treatment options, in order, include physical therapy, medica... Read More
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A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Osteoporosis: If you have not had any significant trauma to explain the fracture, then i would be concerned about osteoporosis. In that case, i would recommend a D... Read More
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May 7, 2013
always has educational and informative comments to post
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Lin is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Lin is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! Thanks for the information. I left the nerve irritated for 3 yrs my surgeon said it was possible. I hope more time may calm the nerve down
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank you for your quick reply. I have been using heat, ibuprofen and stretching. I will add ice and a topical cream to my treatment.
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank you for responding, now I have a better understanding and I think it's time for me to see a doctor about it. Thank you!

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Baylor College of Medicine, TX
Graduated 1996MD

Residency

TUFTS MEDICAL CENTER

Awards

Top Orthopedic Surgeon , First Place, Georgia - Summer
2013
Top Orthopedic Surgeon, Second Place, National - Spring
2014
Thought Leader, Second Place, Georgia - Spring
2014

Affiliations

North American Spine Society
American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
American Medical Association

Publications

Surgical repair of distal biceps tendon rupture complicated by median nerve entrapment.A case report.
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