Born and raised in Alabama, Dr. Baird completed a residency in orthopaedic surgery at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he gained valuable experience in diagnosing and treating injuries and disorders. He then completed a fellowship in adult reconstruction of the hip and knee in Charlotte, NC. He has a special interest in joint replacement surgery when nonsurgical treatment is ineffective.
November 2014 – We’re making some changes at our Airport Boulevard office. Construction is underway on a new entrance for patients needing a MRI and for our Ortho After Hours clinic. We’re also adding a new whole-body, high-field MRI scanner.
The latest in magnetic resonance imaging technology, it will provide quicker and higher quality scans. This separate MRI entrance will also be more convenient for our patients.
We expect construction to be completed around Thanksgiving, and we will keep you updated.
August 2014 – More children are competing in sports than ever before. Knowing the importance of keeping kids active both for healthy bodies and healthy minds, we sign them up for football, soccer, volleyball, gymnastics and a hectic schedule of other activities.
August 2014 – Just as with Ortho After Hours, the needs of our patients are top priority. And with everyone’s busy back-to-school schedules, our Saturday Sports Care clinic offers convenience and quality care to area athletes who might be suffering lingering effects from Friday nights.
Our clinic opens from 8-10 a.m. each Saturday through the end of November. Any athlete—high school, college or professional—can walk in without an appointment and see one of our orthopaedic specialists. A quick diagnosis and timely treatment can get them back into the game sooner.
August 2014 – As we send our children out the door for school, make sure their backpacks are the right fit. Otherwise, they may suffer back pain at an early age.
Dr. James L. West, spine specialist, recommends that students not carry more than 10 to 20 percent of their body weight on their backs daily. The best option is a rolling backpack, but that’s not always a trendy option for teenagers.
A few other adjustments, according to Dr. West, can also make the pack more comfortable: