Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine

As a medical specialty, orthopedics and sports medicine covers a vast number of conditions and injuries. Sports fans know well the injuries their favorite athletes are prone to, from torn ligaments and broken bones to sprained ankles and tennis elbow. Meanwhile, older adults know well the pain of aging joints and commonly think of the specialty as the home of knee and hip replacements. And yet parents of young children who have spinal or limb length disorders know the specialty as the place to turn for advanced treatment. When conditions of the musculoskeletal system arise and may require specialized treatment, seeing an orthopedist is a common recommendation from primary care physicians. South Louisiana is home to numerous experts in the field, from experienced surgeons specializing in minimally invasive treatments to experts in care for athletes and orthopedic surgeons who work specifically with children.


Serving the West Bank and Greater New Orleans region, Westside Orthopaedic Clinic provides superior general orthopaedic treatment with a specialty in spinal care. The clinic has been in operation since 1961, making it one of the longest standing orthopaedic clinics in the city.

Dr. Ralph. Katz is a board certified and fellowship trained orthopedic specialist who has performed over 1,000 minimally invasive procedures with consistently excellent outcomes. For the right patient who has failed conservative treatment (e.g. medication, physical therapy, injections), a minimally invasive microdiscectomy can be done in an outpatient setting with an incision that can be covered by a band-aid. The procedure typically takes less than an hour. Most patients can return to normal activities within three to six weeks. Additionally, Dr. Katz performs cervical and lumbar spinal fusions, utilizing small incisions with minimally invasive systems. He is one of few local surgeons who perform both cervical and lumbar disc replacements.

Westside offers full-service, in-house x-rays, as well as physical therapy services with access to new rehabilitation equipment. Same day appointments can be accommodated. For more information, visit WestsideOrtho.com or call 504-347-0243.


Thibodaux Regional Sports Medicine Center, located in Lafourche Parish, is committed to providing student athletes and coaches with the tools needed for a safe and successful season. One unique aspect of care offered through the Center is use of its advanced concussion technology, which provides physicians with concrete data to help determine when an athlete is ready to return to sports following an injury. In addition to concussion management, comprehensive treatment and rehabilitative services are offered for all types of injuries, with an end goal of helping athletes return to the same level of competition performance.

“Thibodaux Regional’s sports medicine program also offers educational seminars that focus on nutrition, conditioning, equipment fitting and reconditioning, and specific health topics such as concussion and athletic injury rehabilitation,” says Larry D‘Antoni, ATC, LAT, Coordinator, Thibodaux Regional Sports Medicine Center .

To learn more about the sports medicine program at Thibodaux Regional Health System, call 985-493-4502 or visit thibodaux.com.


Children’s Hospital New Orleans’ Orthopedic Center is committed to providing comprehensive and compassionate care for pediatric, adolescent, and young adult patients. Orthopedic residents from several medical centers complete pediatric rotations at Children’s Hospital to train with the largest group of board certified orthopedic surgeons in the area.

Established in 1955, it contains the region’s largest and most experienced pediatric orthopedic team. In its specialty clinics last year, the hospital recorded more than 24,000 visits, treating the full spectrum of orthopedic conditions—ranging from fractures and sports-related injuries to scoliosis, hip conditions, limb length discrepancies, and cerebral palsy.

The center blends cutting-edge treatments and innovative surgical approaches with prompt, family-centered care. A specialized critical care spinal unit is available to all patients who undergo a spine related surgical procedure. The center’s team is committed to providing the best possible care for every patient.

For more information about the Orthopedic Center at Children’s Hospital, visit chnola.org/orthopedics.