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Dr. Paul B. Canale, Medical Director, The Spine Institute, Earns “Compassionate Doctor” and “Patient’s Choice” Awards from Vitals

Dr. Paul B. Canale, board certified and fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon with The Spine Institute at Baldwin Bone & Joint, was recently recognized with two awards, in part for the difference he makes in the lives of his patients.

Canale received Compassionate Doctor Recognition and a Patients’ Choice Award for 2019 from Vitals, an online database of medical professionals owned by WebMD that ranks physicians based on patient experience and feedback.

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Six Orthopaedic Surgeons with Daphne, Al-Based Baldwin Bone & Joint Earn 2020 Patient Choice Awards from Vitals.com

Dr. Hubley
Dr. Corbett
Dr. Harcourt
Dr. Goldman
Dr. Chamblee
(L-R:Drs. Hubley, Corbett, Canale, Harcourt, Goldman, Chamblee)

DAPHNE, Ala. (March 2, 2020) – Six board-certified and fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeons with Baldwin Bone & Joint were recently recognized with Patient Choice Awards for 2020 from Vitals, an online database of medical professionals owned by WebMD that ranks physicians based on patient experience and feedback.

“We are delighted that patients continue to confirm what we already know,” said Greg Shoemaker, Practice Administrator, Baldwin Bone & Joint. “Our physicians are highly-skilled surgeons and caring physicians who ensure that their patients understand their condition and treatment options.”

Awards received:

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BALDWIN BONE & JOINT ANNOUNCES 17TH CONSECUTIVE YEARS OF GIVING BACK WITH THE MANY MORE MILES CAMPAIGN

17th Annual Many More Miles Campaign

Special Campaign Partners with Local Schools, USA and Businesses to Keep on Giving Life to Old Shoes for Those in Need

Daphne, AL (December 9, 2019) – Local runners and exercise enthusiasts may have put a lot of miles on old running shoes, but when they are donated to the “Many More Miles” campaign, those shoes will come to life again as they land on the feet of someone who really needs them.

For the 17th consecutive year, Baldwin Bone & Joint, P.C. will once again host this important community project, partnering with the Port City Pacers, Dr. Glenn Glass, The University of South Alabama Student Recreation Center, and Mobile and Baldwin County schools to collect shoes for the homeless outreach programs of Wings of Life and Family Promise of Baldwin County.

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Media Coverage Report – August 2019

August 15, 2019

Becker’s Orthopedic & Spine

Baldwin Bone & Joint Opens New Office in Foley, AL

New Location, Same Great Doctors, Specialized Orthopaedic Care Foley, AL (August 15, 2019) – The physicians and staff of Baldwin Bone & Joint PC are pleased to announce the opening of their newest office location at 1400 N. McKenzie Street, Foley, AL. In response to continued growth in South Baldwin County, the practice is opening […]


Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce – Website and Eastern Shore Spotlight e-blast

BALDWIN BONE & JOINT OPENS NEW OFFICE IN FOLEY, AL

Foley, AL ( August 15, 2019) – The physicians and staff of Baldwin Bone & Joint PC are pleased to announce the opening of their newest office location at 1400 N. McKenzie Street, Foley, AL.

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Baldwin Bone & Joint Opens New Office in Foley, AL

New Location, Same Great Doctors, Specialized Orthopaedic Care

Foley, AL (August 15, 2019) – The physicians and staff of Baldwin Bone & Joint PC are pleased to announce the opening of their newest office location at 1400 N. McKenzie Street, Foley, AL.

In response to continued growth in South Baldwin County, the practice is opening a 4th office location to offer convenience for our patients who live in Foley and the surrounding areas. Baldwin Bone and Joint has provided orthopaedic services to patients for over 26 years.

The new Foley location is conveniently located near South Baldwin Regional Medical Center where five of the board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopaedic specialists are on staff and available to serve. These physicians are available for appointments four days a week at the new office location. They include Doctors Rhett Hubley, John Todd, Matt Goldman, Michael Chamblee and Charles Gordon.

Rhett Hubley
John Todd
Matt Goldman
Michael Chamblee
Charles Gordon
(L-R: Drs. Rhett Hubley, John Todd, Matt Goldman, Michael Chamblee and Charles Gordon)

Referrals and appointments may be scheduled by calling 251.621.4700 or online at baldwinboneandjoint.com.

Media Coverage Report – July 2019

July 24, 2019

Alabama spine institute grows team — 3 details
Becker’s ASC Review
Written by Angie Stewart

Alabama spine institute grows team — 3 details Becker’s ASC Review The Spine Institute at Baldwin Bone & Joint added nurse practitioner Elizabeth “Hill” Luscher, CRNP, to its team of neck and spine specialists.

The Spine Institute at Baldwin Bone & Joint added nurse practitioner Elizabeth “Hill” Luscher, CRNP, to its team of neck and spine specialists.

Three insights:

  1. Ms. Luscher comes to The Spine Institute from a private orthopedic physician group. The addition was first announced in May. 2.
  2. Ms. Luscher began working in hospital and outpatient specialty settings in 2008 as a registered nurse. In 2014, she received her master’s degree in nursing.

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What are my therapy options for a herniated disc?

herniated discSuffering a herniated disc (also called a slipped disc or ruptured disc) may be one of the most serious injuries of your life so far. Although it is a very common injury for people 35-55 years old who are active, it does cause significant distress and disruption to life. Unfortunately, the recovery time may be longer than you expected—and the lingering pain might be the bane of your existence for a few months. What can you do to make sure that you are getting the most effective treatment to fix this temporary medical problem?

What is a herniated disc or slipped disc?

The 26 vertebrae that make up your spine are cushioned by soft, rubbery discs. They allow the spine to bend and flex while also acting as shock absorbers. Discs can experience wear and tear over time and they can be aggravated by certain activities or conditions like improper lifting, excessive body weight, smoking, sudden pressure, and repeated strenuous activities. When a cushion ruptures, you now have a condition known as a herniated disc or slipped disc.

The common symptoms of a herniated disc? It’s the lower back pain or neck pain you may be experiencing right now. The protruding disc can also inflame nerve roots and lead to sciatic nerve pain. Not treating a herniated disc can lead to permanent nerve damage that causes an array of potential complications in the future, such as losing sensation in the inner thighs and legs.

Therapies for a herniated disc or slipped disc

Our experts at Baldwin Bone and Joint recommend several types of therapies for a herniated disc, depending on the situation.

Medications and Injections – Your doctor may recommend over-the-counter pain medication like Tylenol or Advil for mild to moderate discomfort. If you’re suffering from more severe pain, he or she may prescribe a narcotic or anticonvulsant, to be used for a limited duration of time. Other recommended treatments might include a muscle relaxer if you are experiencing muscle spasms.

Injections – An epidural steroid injection is a quick and simple procedure that can quickly relieve pain. For the procedure, the irritated spinal nerve (caused by the protrusion of the herniated disc) is bathed in steroids, a powerful anti-inflammation medicine.

Core Strengthening – Strengthening your core is critical to keeping your spine healthy. It means relieving some of the burden your back muscles have in supporting your spine, which can result in less back pain. That could mean heading to your local Pilates or yoga studio and practicing your favorite poses. For more personal support from a trained specialist, you can participate in a lumbar stabilization program supervised by a physical therapist.

Physical Therapy – Going to physical therapy is an investment in the optimal functioning of your body. When your muscles work together effectively, they pave the way to a healthier spine that will reduce the chances of future injuries. Physical therapists can help improve your strength, flexibility, and motion by teaching you proven exercises and stretches, using proper techniques that will provide the safest possible training program. They can monitor and holistically evaluate your progress in order to determine the best combination of exercises that will help you reach optimal spine health.

To request an appointment with the team at Baldwin Bone and Joint, please click here.

Elizabeth “Hill” Luscher, CRNP

Elizabeth

Elizabeth “Hill” Luscher is a board-certified Nurse Practitioner (CRNP) who earned a Masters of Nursing degree in 2014. A registered nurse since 2008, she transitioned solely to orthopaedic care in 2014, treating patients and assisting in spine, general orthopaedic and orthopaedic trauma surgeries among others.

Education

  • Masters of Nursing – Family Practice Nurse Practitioner
    The University of Massachusetts, Boston (2014)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
    The University of South Alabama (2008)
  • Bachelor of Science in Human Environmental Sciences
    The University of Alabama (2006)

Certification

  • Family Nurse Practitioner, Board Certified

Licensure

  • State of Alabama

Activities and Honors

  • Sigma Theta Tau International, Honor Society of Nursing
  • Member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, 2002-2005
  • Officer- Vice President of Academic Excellency 2003-2004
  • Dean’s List: 2001-2005
  • Member of Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society
  • Member of Golden Key Honor Society
  • Member of NSCS Honor Society

Shireen Knowles, CRNP

Shireen Knowles, CRNP

Shireen Knowles has been a nurse since 2002 and a nurse practitioner since 2010. Her professional focus has been in orthopaedic and neuropathic conditions, including spine health, since graduating from UAB. Since 2016, Shireen has worked with Dr. Paul Canale, medical director for The Spine Institute at Baldwin Bone & Joint.

Education

  • Master of Science in Nursing, School of Nursing
    The University of Alabama at Birmingham
    Birmingham, AL (2010)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, College of Nursing
    University of South Alabama
    Mobile, AL (2008)
  • Associate in Applied Science (Associate Degree in Nursing)
    Alabama Southern Community College
    Monroeville, AL (2002)

Certification

  • Alabama Board of Nursing, Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner

Licensure

  • State of Alabama

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