This story featuring Sheffield’s Tonya Cohen is all you need to know about Andrews Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center


Injured? It’s time for your comeback.

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Tonya Cohen teaches dance and lives an active lifestyle. Andrews Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center made all the difference in her partial knee-replacement surgery. Photo submitted.

Sports Medicine Is For Everyone

Staying active means keeping it moving! Whether it’s walking around the neighborhood or training for your next marathon, when you’re working your body, there’s always a risk of injury. It can happen to any of us, at any time, no matter what level of physical fitness we bring into our lives.

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That’s why pursuing victory over injury is the number one priority at Andrews Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center.

While 90% of sports-related injuries can be treated non-surgically if treated early, many chronic conditions that have developed over decades (osteoarthritis) may require surgical intervention, such as total or partial joint replacement.

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Tonya Cohen, an active teacher and dancer, overcame her injuries with Andrews Sports Medicine. You can, too. Photo submitted.

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All About You

Patient participation is at the core of everything they do at Andrews Sports Medicine. Their experienced team of non-surgical and surgical orthopaedic specialists tackle it all—especially complex cases. No matter the injury, they’ll listen and come up with the right treatment plan for you.

Their specialty? Working with patients who have an athletic mindset and are committed to recovery. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a pro football player, a hiker with osteoarthritis or the parent of a child who plays sports, Andrews’ elite team aggressively pursues treatment so that you can return to an active, pain-free life as quickly as possible.

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Dr. K. David Moore, of Andrews Sports Medicine. Photo submitted.
How They Do It

Location and technology mean more opportunities to serve patients using highly-advanced robotics that have transformed the way joint surgeries are performed.

“I’ve been performing joint replacement surgery almost exclusively for 25 years, said Dr. K. David Moore of Andrews Sports Medicine.

“The Mako technology has been a real game changer—probably the biggest benefit to the patient. It makes us more accurate. It lets us customize the surgery to the patient’s anatomy and the patient’s biomechanics. In our experience with it, it seems it is a much more quicker recovery for patients.”

Andrews Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center is the first orthopaedic practice in Birmingham, Alabama to offer robotic-arm assisted total knee, partial knee and total hip replacements with Stryker’s Mako System.

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Tonya Cohen, photo submitted.
Her Knee Needs Her!

There’s nothing like a great comeback story to get you thinking about your own goals for living a healthy, pain-free life. Birmingham, meet Tonya Cohen. She relies on her active lifestyle to make a living.

Tonya grew up in Sheffield, Alabama and later moved to Las Vegas. She’s danced all her life and now teaches and judges competitions. Over time, her active lifestyle as a dancer made her more prone to different injuries, especially in her knees.

“At 13, I had my first surgery on my left kneecap while I was still living in Sheffield. The surgery lasted about 25 years until I started to feel swelling again.

“The peak of my knee pain happened three years ago when I was dancing in Las Vegas. I went to the doctor to have a procedure and afterwards, I still couldn’t put complete weight on my leg. I couldn’t take ballet classes, teach or judge competitions like I used to. It was a very discouraging time for me.”

Her options were to wear a load-bearing brace, have injections or receive a partial knee replacement. None of the surgeons in Las Vegas would perform the knee replacement surgery she needed. When they found out she was from Alabama, Tonya’s doctors recommended Andrews Sports Medicine.

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Tonya Cohen doing what she does best—Pilates with passion! Photo submitted.

“Despite being only 40 years old, Dr. K. David Moore looked at my charts and met with me. I knew I needed the best of the best in order for my leg to be restored. My family and I moved back from Las Vegas back to Birmingham just so I could have my procedure done by Dr. Moore.”

Dr. Moore performed Tonya’s partial knee replacement in December 2017.

“I was very impressed not only with Dr. Moore, but the Mako robotic-arm assisted surgery technology that was utilized. The robot’s precision made for a quicker recovery time and the results were amazing.”

Two weeks after her surgery, Tonya was on the reformer doing Pilates. Three weeks after surgery she began teaching dance again.

“Besides Dr. Moore being a brilliant surgeon, he had an incredible bedside manner. He was very calm, patient, caring and honest.”

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Your Victory Awaits

Ready to make your comeback? Find out how you can get on the road to recovery today by giving Andrews Sports Medicine a call .

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Learn More About Mako

Since introducing the Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Technology to Birmingham in August, 2017, the technology has helped Andrews Sports Medicine surgeons plan joint replacement for hundreds of individuals using a 3D virtual model and performing surgery with a robotic arm.

Due to the high level of interest and many questions regarding new technology, Andrews surgeons have graciously agreed to host free patient seminars.

  • Dr. K. David Moore is hosting the practice’s initial patient-education seminar to help you understand this transformative surgery, and how it can help you get moving again.
  • The first seminar is scheduled for Thursday, June 21 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at St. Vincent’s Trussville (located at 7201 Happy Hollow Road, Trussville, AL 35173).
  • There is limited seating. You can register by calling: (205) 439-9070 or register online by following this link.
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