Don Aaron, MD

Sports Medicine: Knee, Shoulder, Total Joint

Madonna Henry, Physician Assistant (PA-C)
Scott Sanders, Physician Assistant (PA-C)
Medical School
Mercer University School of Medicine (Macon, GA)
Residency
Campbell Clinic (Memphis, TN)
Fellowship
American Sports Medicine Institute with Dr. James Andrews (Birmingham, AL)
Board Certification
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Madonna Henry

Physician Assistant (PA-C)
Madonna Henry is physician assistant to Don Aaron Jr., MD, for Joints (Shoulder) and Sports Medicine. Henry earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture, Biological Sciences from the University of Georgia in Athens, GA, followed by her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from South University in Savannah, GA. She is certified in Healthcare Provider CPR and advanced cardiac life support. She is board certified by the National Commission on Physician Assistant Studies.

Scott Sanders

Physician Assistant (PA-C)
Scott Sanders is physician assistant to Don Aaron Jr., MD, for Joints (Shoulder) and Sports Medicine.
Sports Medicine: Knee, Shoulder, Total Joint

Don Aaron, MD

As a board certified and fellowship trained orthopedic surgeon with Optim Orthopedics, Don G. Aaron, MD, specializes in sports medicine, focusing on the unique stress that athletics can put on knees, hips and shoulders.

His journey toward orthopedics began with medical school at Mercer University School of Medicine where he was a member of Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society.

He then completed a five-year orthopedic residency program at the Campbell Clinic in Memphis, TN, where he would go on to serv as chief resident. Following his residency, Dr. Aaron went on to train with renowned sports medicine specialist Dr. James Andrews at the American Sports Medicine Institute in Birmingham, AL.

In keeping with Optim Orthopedics’ commitment to the community, Dr. Aaron serves as a team physician for nine high schools throughout southeast Georgia.

“Hands down the most rewarding part of participating in care for student athletes is seeing them recover from an injury and return to a sport they love,” he said. “There are few things more gratifying than that.”

In January 2019, he received the Warren Morris Sports Medicine Person of the Year Award from the Georgia Athletic Trainers’ Association (GATA). He was nominated and recommended by several athletic training professionals from both Georgia Southern and Optim Healthcare. Southeastern Athletic Trainers Association selected Dr. Aaron as the 2021 winner of the Jack C. Hughston, M.D., Sports Medicine Person of the Year Award.

According to the nomination: “Known for his accessibility and willingness to help, Dr. Aaron is an excellent advocate for athletic trainers. His approach to athlete care allows ATs to reach the full potential of their practice while providing guidance and direction. Dr. Aaron – truly caring for each patient while mentoring young athletic trainers at the same time – has earned the respect and admiration of all those who benefit from his support and care in southeast Georgia. He is the embodiment of all that the Warren Morris Sports Medicine Person of Year Award should represent.”

Prep Sports Team Physician
  • Portal High School
  • Screven County High School
  • Southeast Bulloch High School
  • Bryan County High School
  • Jenkins County High School
  • Metter High School
  • Statesboro High School
  • Swainsboro High School
  • Tattnall County High School

Shoulder Conditions

  • Biceps Tendonitis
  • Bursitis of the Shoulder (Subacromial Bursitis)
  • Calcific Tendinitis of the Shoulder
  • Fracture of the Shoulder Socket (Glenoid Fracture)
  • Fractures of the Shoulder Blade (Scapula)
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • Muscle Imbalance in the Shoulder
  • Osteoarthritis of the Shoulder
  • Proximal Humerus Fracture (Broken Shoulder)
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries
  • Arthroscopic Capsular
  • PlicationBankart Repair
  • Arthroscopic capsular Release
  • Diagnostic Arthroscopy (Shoulder)
  • Electromyography (EMG)
  • Distal Clavicle Excision
  • Rotator Cuff Repair (Arthroscopic)
  • SLAP Repair
  • Subacromial Decompression
  • Subacromial Injection
  • Superior Labrum from Anterior to Posterior TearSuprascapular Neuropathy
  • Distal Clavicular Osteolysis

Knee Conditions

  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament Tear (ACL Tear)
  • Bursitis of the Knee (Pes Anserlne Bursitis)
  • Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) Injury
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Injury
  • Meniscus Tear
  • Osgood-Schlatter Disease
  • Osteoarthritis of the Knee
  • Patellar Fracture
  • Patellar Tendinitis
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome
  • Prepatellar Bursitis (Kneecap Bursitis)
  • Shin Splints (Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome)
  • ACL Reconstruction (Arthrex® TightRope®)
  • ACL Reconstructron (Patellar Tendon Graft)
  • ACL Reconstruction with Hamstring
  • ArthroscopyLateral Release and Medial ImbricationLoose Body Removal (Knee)
  • Meniscus Repair (Arthroscopic Technique)
  • Mlcrofracture Drilling Procedure for Isolated Chondral Defect
  • Partial Meniscectomy

Elbow Conditions

  • Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
  • Elbow Bursitis
  • Growth Plate Injuries of the Elbow
  • Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)
  • Medial Apophysltls (little Leaguer’s Elbow)
  • Medial Eplcondylitis (Golfer’s Elbow)
  • Throwing Injuries of the Elbow
  • Ulnar Collateral Ligament Injury

Elbow Procedures

  • Aspiration of the Olecranon Bursa
  • Cubital Tunnel Release at the Elbow
  • Medial Ulnar Collateral Ligament Reconstruction (Tommy John Surgery)
  • Ulnar Nerve Transposition at the Elbow

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