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Dr. Mark Andrew Dodson, MD

Orthopedist

Dr. Mark Dodson is an orthopaedic surgeon practicing in Alexandria, LA. Dr. Dodson specializes in the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries, diseases and disorders of the bodys musculoskeletal system. As an orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Dodson tends to bones, ligaments, muscles, joints, nerves and tendons. Orthopaedic surgeons can specialize in certain areas like the hand, spine, hip, foot and ankle, shoulder and elbow or the knee.
29 years Experience
Dr. Mark Andrew Dodson, MD
  • Alexandria, LA
  • Univ of Tn, Memphis, Coll of Med, Memphis Tn
  • Accepting new patients

Are "growing pains" really a thing for kids?

Yes, it is related to their growth plates.

Why do I have fluid accumulation around my knees?

It is likely due to osteoarthritis of your knees.

Can surgery help in treating rheumatoid arthritis?

Yes, but it depends on the body part that is involved.

What would cause middle of the night severe knee pain?

Osteoarthritis of the joint is one possibility

I have severe back pain at the bottom of my spine. Do you think a surgery might be required?

You will need an X-ray and maybe an MRI to answer that question.

My father had knee surgery. When can he start walking?

I will assume he had a knee replacement. He can walk as soon as he feels he is able.

My son dislocated his shoulder. Is anesthesia needed for the repair?

A very light anesthesia. A fracture is also a possibility and needs to be evaluated.

My mother has tremendous back pain when she lies down. Is surgery a solution to her problem?

I would try other options first, but she an accurate diagnosis as to the cause of the pain. Physical therapy, brace wear, and injections are options if she doesn’t have a fracture READ MORE
I would try other options first, but she an accurate diagnosis as to the cause of the pain. Physical therapy, brace wear, and injections are options if she doesn’t have a fracture or tumor.

How long will my back take to recover after surgery?

There are a lot of variables. One is are you having a fusion? 6-12 months.

How can I correct the hunch in my back?

Not likely. You probably have Scheuermann’s Kyphosis. It is a fixed spinal problem. You need to see a doctor who specializes in spine and have an X-ray.

How long does a knee fracture take to heal in kids?

2-6 weeks. Kids heal much faster than adults.

Does tennis elbow require a surgery?

Sometimes if surgery is required for this problem, but more than 90% can usually be treated nonoperativly

After a bone graft surgery, how long will I have to wait to resume my sports?

You first need to ask your doctor when you are healed. Depending on the size and the type of graft it may take up to a year to be able to resume sports. The minimum amount of time READ MORE
You first need to ask your doctor when you are healed. Depending on the size and the type of graft it may take up to a year to be able to resume sports. The minimum amount of time would probably be around three months.

I've been experiencing weird hip pain for 2 days. Could it be due to weight gain?

Yes, but there could be many other problems. Some possible causes would be tendinitis and arthritis of the hip.

Why do I hear a cracking sound in my knees? Is something wrong with me?

You likely have arthritis between your kneecap in the femur which is the thighbone. If it is not painful you probably knew not need to worry about it.

My son is having pain in his hand after his surgery. What painkillers would you recommend?

Significant pain more than 1 to 2 days after hand surgery is unusual. Instead of trying to cover up the pain with stronger medications an attempt needs to be made to determine READ MORE
Significant pain more than 1 to 2 days after hand surgery is unusual. Instead of trying to cover up the pain with stronger medications an attempt needs to be made to determine the cause of the increased pain. I usually only prescribed 10 to 15 pain pills after hand surgery. Significant swelling or an infection could be causes of increased pain that do not respond well to medications.

I fractured my hand while playing in my league. Would I need surgery?

No, but you would need to have an X-ray to determine the type of treatment that would be best for your fracture.

I am having a lot of hip pain. Will a surgery help?

It would be very unusual for a soft tissue injury to not heal. To determine if surgery would be beneficial you would first have to have a diagnosis of the cause of your pain.