What is orthopedic medicine?
Orthopedics is a specialty that centers on your musculoskeletal system. This system is made up of your nerves, tendons, bones, ligaments, muscles, and joints, and involves everything you need to move around.
What kinds of conditions does your center treat?
The doctors at our center treat a wide range of conditions, injuries, and disorders related to the musculoskeletal system, including fractures, pulled muscles, dislocations, torn ligaments, sprains, bursitis, arthritis, osteoporosis, and more.
What kinds of treatment methods are used?
There are many orthopedic conditions and injuries that can be treated non-surgically with physical therapy or even just rest. In fact, one of the most common treatments in orthopedics is referred to as RICE, which stands for rest, ice, compression, and elevation. In some cases, surgery is required. We utilize minimally-invasive surgical techniques, robot assisted surgery, and other alternative therapies.
Can I avoid orthopedic injuries?
Orthopedic injuries cannot be completely avoided, but you can take steps to improve the overall health of your bones by making sure that you get enough calcium in your diet. Low impact exercises can also increase your bone strength. You can take further steps to avoid injuries by stretching and warming up before playing sports or exercising, and by using proper sports equipment, like running shoes.
What’s the difference between a sprain and a fracture?
A sprain occurs when a ligament, a tissue that connects your bones to one another, is stretched beyond its normal limit. A fracture is more serious and is a break in one of your bones.
What can I do at the first sign of an injury?
A good rule of thumb is to ice the affected area intermittently during the first one to two days and if there is any swelling present. Heat can be useful after swelling subsides in order to provide pain relief. Be sure to contact our office to find out what steps are necessary for your injury.
What does physical therapy entail?
Physical therapy that is used to treat orthopedic conditions often involves specialized exercises or stretches. In general, physical therapy utilizes reconditioning in order to restore strength and range of motion to your affected area.
What does a total joint replacement entail?
In some cases, individuals with injuries or conditions that affect the knees, hips, or shoulders require total replacements. This procedure replaces the damaged joint with an artificial one, which eliminates chronic pain.
What can I expect from a consultation?
At your visit, your doctor will want to talk with you about any pain you are experiencing, including the severity of the pain, which actions make it worse, and when it began. Diagnostic tests might be scheduled in order to get a clear picture of your condition.