What does orthopedic medicine consist of?
Orthopedic medicine is a specialty that focuses on your musculoskeletal system – the part of your body responsible for carrying out movements. This system is made up of bones, ligaments, nerves, tendons, joints, and muscles.
Which conditions are treated at your office?
Our office diagnoses and treats any disorder, condition, or injury that involves the musculoskeletal system, including torn ligaments, fractures, pulled muscles, sprains, dislocations, osteoporosis, arthritis, and many more.
What kinds of treatment options are there at your office?
When surgery is necessary, we use techniques like robot assisted surgery and minimally-invasive methods. However, we always try and use non-surgical approaches first, like physical therapy or the RICE method (rest, ice, compression, and elevation).
Can orthopedic injuries be avoided?
No, you cannot completely avoid orthopedic injuries. But there are things you can do to make injuries less likely. Strengthen your bones by doing low impact exercises and by making sure there is enough calcium in your diet. You can also make sure you are using the right equipment for every sports activity. Another way to reduce injuries is to stretch and warm up before exercising or playing sports.
What is the difference between a fracture and a sprain?
A fracture is a break in one of your bones. It can be as small as a hair or as serious as a full break. A sprain is less serious, but still painful, and is the stretching of a ligament beyond its normal limit.
What are my first steps in case of an injury?
If your injury is a non-emergency, you can apply ice to the area in order to minimize swelling. The ice should be kept on for only 20 minutes at a time. After swelling as subsided after one to two days, you can use heat therapy to provide pain relief. Be sure to contact our office to find out what else you can do.
What does physical therapy involve?
Physical therapy is one of the many things we utilize to treat orthopedic conditions. It involves targeted exercises designed for you in mind that will restore your range of motion and strength.
What does total joint replacement involve?
During a total joint replacement, a damaged knee, hip, shoulder, or elbow is removed and replaced with an artificial joint. This can get rid of chronic pain for some injuries and conditions.
What will happen during a consultation?
At your consultation, one of our doctors will discuss your pain or discomfort. This will involve questions about how severe it is, when it began, and which actions make it worse. You might need diagnostic tests to rule out some causes and to fully pinpoint what your treatment plan should be.