Join us in welcoming Lyndsey Ballou, PA-C to Carondelet Orthopaedic Surgeons

Apex Orthopedics & Sports Medicine would like to welcome Lyndsey Ballou, PA-C as she joins the practice following years of experience and training as a board certified Physician Assistant. Lyndsey attended the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. She worked in home health care and at a histology lab at Washington University in St. Louis prior to to attending Physican Assistant School at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, TN. She earned her Master of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies in 2014.

Following graduation Lyndsey moved to Kansas City, MO where she worked in North Kansas City in orthopedic surgery, specializing in foot and ankle orthoepedics. She has recently joined Apex Orthopedics & Sports Medicine and will be working alongside Matthew Kneidel, MD


We're growing, and that means some exciting changes are underway!

As you've likely heard, we've hired a new physician, Dr. Michael McCabe, but we're also eager to announce we've added a new location and are changing our name!

Beginning January 1, 2017 you will be hearing us call ourselves Apex Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, but don't worry, you'll be receiving the same great service by the same expert physicians you know and trust.

We're also now able to better serve this community by having two locations.

Our main office is still conveniently located at 10777 Nall Ave. Suite 300 Overland Park, KS, and our new office is located at 17067 S Outer Rd. Suite 301 Belton, MO, next to the hospital. You can call both offices via our main line 913-642-0200 as well as fax us at 913-563-6699.

Thank you for choosing us!


Join us in welcoming Dr. Michael McCabe to Carondelet Orthopaedic Surgeons

mccabeDr. McCabe joins Carondelet after having served as an orthopaedic surgeon in the US Navy, specializing in sports medicine with a particular interest in hip arthroscopy. He has been the recipient of numerous awards due to his expertise, including the Joint Service Commendation Medal for his years of service to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where he provided orthopaedic care to Wounded Warriors and military service members and their faimilies. He also served as the sports medicine sideline consultant to the United States Congress intramural athletics program.


It's National Nurse Practitioner Week, but what is a Nurse Practitioner?


Nurse Practitioners are advanced practice registered nurses who are licensed clinicians. This role was initially created in 1965 and has been continually evolving. Nurse Practitioners are required to complete a master's degree, and often a doctorate as well. They work in clinics, office practices and hospitals.



Welcome Caitlin (Dot) Dotson, PA and Kaitlin Vaughn, PA to Carondelet Orthopaedic Surgeons!

Caitlin (Dot) Dotson recentdotly earned her Master of Science in Medicine Physician Assistant from Trevecca Nazarene University and joins the clinic of Dr. Scott Abraham. Before earning her Master's degree, she attended Lipscomb University on a volleyball scholarship where she was two time Scholar Athlete of the Year and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. In her free time, she enjoys staying active, traveling, and brunch.


kaitlinKaitlin Vaughn joins the clinic of Dr. Matthew Kneidel after earning her Master of Science in Medicine Physician Assistant from Wichita State University. She was awarded the Outstanding Research Award for her class, and her research is being published in the upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. Previous to her Master's program, she attended Kansas State University where she received her Bachelor of Science in Life Sciences. She enjoys spending her free time with her family and friends cheering on the Chiefs, Royals, and K-State Wildcats as well as playing the piano and traveling.

bonehealthAre Your Bones Healthy?


We all care about our skin, our hearts and keeping up to date on our vaccines, but have you ever thought about the health of your bones? We take medicine for our blood pressure and put topical creams and gels on our faces to protect our skin and keep it looking younger; but what about the essential part of our bodies that protects organs and keeps us up and moving? Often overlooked, bone health is a huge problem in America; it is estimated around 54 million Americans suffer from poor bone health.

That means, one in two women and one in four men over the age of 50 will break a bone due to unhealthy bones. The skeleton is very important and usually only gets attention when it is broken. However, there are ways to prevent those breaks long before they happen.  There are 206 bones in the human body and our goal at Carondolet Orthopaedics is to keep them all in tip-top shape and far from fractures.


Welcome Our Newest Physician Assistant

Kim2Carondelet Orthopaedic Surgeouns would like to welcome Kim Gnoinski as she joins the practice following many years of medical experience and training. She is a board certified physician assistant. Kim attended the University of Missouri-Columbia, where she earned her Bachelor of Health Science degree in Respiratory Therapy. She moved to St. Louis upon graduation in 1998, where she worked as a Registered Respiratory Therapist at St. John's Mercy Medical Center. She then attended Yale University, earning her Master of Medical Science Physician Assistant in 2003.


Ankle Sprains: What You Need to Know

ankle injuryAnkle sprains are one of the most common injuries sustained during sporting activities. Most sprains occur in the lateral ligament complex on the outside part of the ankle. The vast majority of acute lateral ankle sprains heal conservatively when treated properly inititially.


The injury is usually associated with an inversion injury or “rolling” the ankle, which is more likely to occur in a cutting sport such as soccer, however it may also occur if another player steps on the medial (inside) of the ankle causing the lateral (outside) ligaments to stretch. 


A mid-ankle sprain will have swelling, bruising and tenderness to touch. With a more severe sprain the ankle may feel unstable, the player may feel or hear a “pop” and be unable to walk on the affected leg. In these instances it may be advisable to have the player seen by a physician to obtain x-rays.


Medical Preparedness for Coaches: How You Can Keep Your Team Safe

ath-trainer-091111-182Protecting the health of your athletes is crucial to their personal well-being and to your team’s success this season. Here are some important components of planning and preparedness to help you handle urgent and emergent situations, and in many cases, prevent injuries before they occur.

Planning is essential to promote your athletes’ safety. Here are some tips to minimize problems throughout the season.

  • Get a pre-participation physical examination (PPE) completed by a licensed physician.
  • Ensure emergency communication strategies for all practices and games.
  • Have a BLS-certified individual present on the sideline.
  • Develop awareness of athletes with relevant medical conditions, such as asthma, diabetes, prior concussions, orthopedic problems, or congenital conditions.
  • Discuss emergency planning and preparedness with the athletes and parents. Created a document of these items needed for the players on your team.
  • Develop a plan for dangerous environmental and playing conditions, such as lightning or excessive heat.
  • Learn the symptoms of concussion, and "If in doubt, sit ’em out". There is no safe same-day return to play after a concussion.



Why physical therapy?

Physical THERAPYAs orthopaedic surgeons, we work closely with physical therapists to provide the best possible care for our patients.

So, what is physical therapy?

Physical therapy is a tool for patients to utilize in their rehabilitation program. It can help improve a joint, such as a shoulder or knee, or a body system, such as the back, by utilizing various strengthening and mobility techniques. Physical therapy was developed to improve your strength, flexibility, balance, and coordination.


Exercise-Associated Muscle Cramps


If you’ve been around soccer for more than a week, chances are you’ve had or seen muscle cramps. These painful, involuntary muscle contractions are termed exercise-associated muscle cramps (EAMC). They occur most often in the calf or thigh, often begin suddenly, and last from just a few seconds to much longer. They affect the majority of soccer and other endurance athletes at some point.



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