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At Carolina Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Center, we are privileged to serve the bone, joint, and muscle needs of our community in Gastonia and the surrounding areas. 

We invite you to explore the stories of our past and present patients to learn more about the expert, compassionate care we have to offer you and your loved ones. 

  • “My son hurt his thumb wrestling with his siblings. The office was able to get us in the same day! Dr. Johnson was wonderful. We got an X-ray and had a splint to wear until it healed. Great experience!”
    – Amber B.
    Patient Rating:
    5
    Treating Doctor: Erik C. Johnson, MD
  • “Dr. Johnson repaired my left shoulder in May of 2015 and replaced the ball and socket in my right shoulder in November of 2015. Both are doing well.”
    – Kim L.
    Patient Rating:
    5
    Treating Doctor: Erik C. Johnson, MD
  • “My experiences as a patient of Doctor Thomason have been positive. I have been his patient since 2008. He completed a knee replacement on me as well as many more procedures in his office. Doctor Thomason listens to my options and respects my decision after he provides the options available to eliminate my discomfort. He is very knowledgeable and does his job well. I recommend him for your orthopedic needs that are in his specialty.”
    – Norma M.
    Patient Rating:
    5
    Treating Doctor: H. Clayton Thomason, III, MD
  • “Had rotator cuff surgery on right shoulder, Dr. Thomason made my feel confident in doing this surgery and that I would do fine with my physical therapy which I'm doing now and I'm doing great with therapy. Have more movement and exceeding their expectations on how much mobility I would be having from my therapies.”
    – Earle O.
    Patient Rating:
    5
    Treating Doctor: H. Clayton Thomason, III, MD
  • “As a life-long soccer player, now in my 40s, I looked for a physician that was as interested as I was in helping me get back to the beautiful game. My friends and family spoke quite highly of Dr. Erik Johnson. After consulting with him, I knew he was the right choice for me and so, together, we started our repair journey. Tomorrow will be my 16th week post-surgery and I'm recovering really well. I'm able to jog and I'm on track to return to play in a couple more months. Dr. Johnson's consultation, surgery, and post-op evaluations have exceeded my expectation. He is knowledgeable, polite, and friendly. More importantly, he shares and has supported my goal of returning me to soccer-playing form in the safest and strongest way possible!”
    – Jason S.
    Patient Rating:
    5
    Treating Doctor: Erik C. Johnson, MD
  • “Best treatment in the world. Got along well.”
    – Glenda P.
    Patient Rating:
    5
    Treating Doctor: H. Clayton Thomason, III, MD
  • “SUPER place. Always friendly and thorough with each question about the issue.”
    – Vicki A.
    Patient Rating:
    5
    Treating Doctor: Tejas N. Parikh, MD
  • “Had best care imaginable. Would not change a thing.”
    – Judy H.
    Patient Rating:
    5
    Treating Doctor: Christopher A. Prato, MD
  • “Dr. Parikh is very sympathetic but professional (in telling me what is and is not possible or reasonable) with different treatment options. I have seen several other doctors at Carolina Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Center and have always had a good experience and highly recommend this practice.”
    – Sharon K.
    Patient Rating:
    5
    Treating Doctor: Tejas N. Parikh, MD
  • “I had a great experience. From diagnosis to surgery to physical therapy, Dr. Thomason and his group were outstanding. I would highly recommend them to anyone.”
    – Scott H.
    Patient Rating:
    5
    Treating Doctor: H. Clayton Thomason, III, MD
  • “Dr. Olson is an outstanding physician. I was very nervous about having surgery to repair my ankle because I'd never had that type of surgery before. Knowing ahead of time that my recovery would be almost 12 weeks, scared me and caused me to delay it again and again. However, Dr. Olson is so sincere and cares so much about his patients that I decided to finally schedule my surgery. I had such a great experience with Dr. Olson and the physical therapists at Carolina Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Center, that I wonder why I ever delayed! I couldn't be happier with the results. Thank you, Dr. Olson. You're the best!”
    – Melissa
    Patient Rating:
    5
    Treating Doctor: Robert C. Olson, DPM
  • “Dr. Parikh helped me a lot to learn about my lower back pain and what to do. He is so professional and smart. He is an asset to Carolina Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Center.”
    – Barry B.
    Patient Rating:
    5
    Treating Doctor: Tejas N. Parikh, MD
  • “My husband had a stroke on 12/04/14. After returning home from the hospital on 12/08/14, I fell in the bathroom and broke bones in my right ankle. I returned to the hospital that night to be treated in the emergency room. I was then scheduled to see Dr. Thomason for surgery. Ten days later, the surgery was completed and the healing process began; from wheel chair to walker, to cane and then physical therapy to follow. Dr. Thomason was a great choice for all this, and I appreciate so much where I am today. I have resumed my normal life and I am so thankful for his help in this regard.”
    – Grace W.
    Patient Rating:
    5
    Treating Doctor: H. Clayton Thomason, III, MD
  • “Eleven years ago, I suffered a compound ankle fracture. Upon arriving at the hospital, I knew to request Carolina Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine, and God sent me Dr. Thomason.  He performed surgery. H put my foot back together with a plate and eight screws. After several months of healing and pushing myself, I was whole again. I have no pain, I walk and jog daily, I attend a weekly Zumba class, and I am a church organist playing those foot pedals with confidence. Dr. Thomason performed a miracle repairing my shattered bones. There is no doubt he is the best! Thank you, Dr. Thomason.”
    – Diane C.
    Patient Rating:
    5
    Treating Doctor: H. Clayton Thomason, III, MD
  • “I was in a lot of pain with my hip. Dr. Archibald did a hip replacement. Nine months later, he did a knee replacement. My knee was in pain and was very deformed from arthritis. Now, it is straight again and I have no more pain in my knee or hip. Thank you, Dr. Archibald. I will be seeing you again for the other side.”
    – Brenda L.
    Patient Rating:
    5
    Treating Doctor: Ian D. Archibald, MD
  • “I had a fall breaking my humerus at the shoulder. No surgery was necessary, but it was very painful. Dr. Prato was honest in telling me it is a fracture you can never fully recover from, but between his treatment and Carolina Orthopaedic Physical Therapy group, I'm recovering nicely.”
    – Dennis F.
    Patient Rating:
    5
    Treating Doctor: Christopher A. Prato, MD
  • “My story is not a sports injury, but rather a worn out knee. I had gone through the regular treatment procedures of hydrocortisone shots in the knee joint, which gave me temporary relief for a while - at first for a few months. Later, as the cushioning tissue in my knee gradually went away, those treatments didn't work as well. I tried the "rooster comb" shots, and they worked briefly, but by then, I was bone on bone. The very best part of my story is the anesthesia  - the femoral nerve block in my leg for the surgery. I was not in terrible pain afterwards because it lasted for about 22 hours, and I was on the front side of the pain and could manage it going forward. I did the exercises that the home health care nurse told me to do, I did the physical therapy when I went in and at home, and I went back to work in about five weeks. I'm pain free now. I would encourage anyone considering a knee replacement to have it done instead of suffering on and on.”
    – Debbie Y.
    Patient Rating:
    5
    Treating Doctor: Erik C. Johnson, MD
  • “I came to Carolina Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine 6 years ago with an ankle injury. I ending up having surgery and received the best care. When I began having problems with OA two years ago, I knew where to go get the best care. I have two doctors that I see on a regular basis and I know that I am getting the most up-to-date care for my OA. I love everything about this place and recommend it to anyone needing an excellent doctor in the orthopaedic field.”
    – Helen C.
    Patient Rating:
    5
    Treating Doctor: Christopher A. Prato, MD
  • “When I came to see Dr. Parikh, I was at the end of my rope. I had unsuccessfully been treated by multiple doctors for well over a year with no relief or even a diagnosis. One doctor stated, "you just have a bad back". I was only given pain medication and was told to take it easy. I was so frustrated that my mom suggested this practice and said Dr. Parikh had diagnosed and treated her condition successfully. I am happy to report that he found the problem and now, for the most part, I am pain free. I have resummed my active lifestyle and the things I love to do with my family and friends. I am forever grateful for him. He didn't just give me an endless supply of pain meds and muscle relaxers. He found the problem. I can't tell you how good it feels to have my life back.”
    – Tasmin C.
    Patient Rating:
    5
    Treating Doctor: Tejas N. Parikh, MD
  • “My right knee had arthritis so bad I couldn't walk right. Dr. Archibald took an x-ray of the knee. We set up a surgery date for total knee replacement. A few hours after surgery, I could bend the knee with no arthritis pain at all. Now, it has been 4 weeks later and I am bending my knee at 125 degrees and walking with no pain. Thank the Lord and Dr. Archibald. I would recommend Carolina Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine to all my friends and family. Thank You.”
    – Michael M.
    Patient Rating:
    5
    Treating Doctor: Ian D. Archibald, MD
  • “Dr. Johnson repaired 2 meniscus tears and a rotator cuff tear for me in a 2 year period. Dr. Johnson and his staff were great. He always explained the surgical procedures and answered my questions, so I would know exactly what he was going to do and what my recovery time would be. Thanks to him, I'm playing golf with me buddies again.”
    – William W.
    Patient Rating:
    5
    Treating Doctor: Erik C. Johnson, MD

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