What is orthopedics?
Orthopedics is a medical specialty related to your musculoskeletal system, which consists of tendons, bones, nerves, ligaments, muscles, and joints. This system is responsible for the way that you move around.
Which conditions are treated at your center?
At our orthopedic center, our experienced doctors treat any type of condition, injury, or disorder that is related to the musculoskeletal system. This can include, but is certainly not limited to, osteoporosis, arthritis, sprains, dislocations, pulled muscles, fractures, and torn ligaments.
Which treatments are used at your center?
We try to utilize non-surgical treatment options whenever possible, like physical therapy or the RICE method (rest, ice, compression, and elevation). However, in some situations, surgery is necessary. However, we make sure to use surgical techniques like robot assisted surgery and minimally-invasive surgical techniques.
How can I avoid orthopedic injuries?
It’s difficult to completely avoid orthopedic injuries. However, you can take steps to improve the health of your bones to limit their strength by making sure there is plenty of calcium in your diet and doing low impact exercises. You can also avoid injuries by warming up and stretching prior to exercising or participating in sports, and by using the proper equipment for every activity.
Is there a difference between a sprain and a fracture?
A sprain is a stretched ligament (the tissue that connects your bones) while a fracture is a break in one of your bones. Both injuries are very painful.
What should I do if I am injured?
For most situations, applying ice to the injured area off and on for the first couple of days can minimize swelling. After swelling subsides, you can use heat therapy to provide relief. It is important to make sure you call our office not long after your injury to get more specific treatment information.
What is physical therapy?
We sometimes use physical therapy to treat orthopedic conditions. This process involves special exercises and stretches that can restore your strength and rang e of motion.
What is total joint replacement?
Total joint replacement involves removing a damaged joint and putting an artificial one in its place. For certain injuries and conditions that involve the hips, shoulders, elbows, and knees, a total joint replacement can eliminate chronic pain.
What does a consultation entail?
A consultation is a chance for one of our doctors to talk about the pain you are experiencing – such as the type of pain, when it began, and what makes it worse. In some cases, diagnostic tests will be given or scheduled to get a clear picture of what you are experiencing.