Orthopedics is the medical specialty that focuses on injuries and diseases of the body's musculoskeletal system, including the bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles and nerves that allow you to move, work and be active. Such injuries can occur in the upper extremities such as the shoulder, elbow, wrist or hand as well as the lower extremities like the hip, knee, foot or ankle. These conditions may include arthritis and osteoporosis. Whether it is a child with a fractured bone, a young athlete needing arthroscopic surgery or an older individual with arthritis, our orthopedic specialists can help.
For most orthopedic issues, there is more than one form of treatment. Many musculoskeletal conditions can be managed without surgery by using medication, exercise and other rehabilitative therapies. After a consultation, X-ray and physical examination, your orthopedic physician will discuss your diagnosis and the available treatment options with you and help you select the best plan to help you live an active and functional life. Your treatment plan will also address rehabilitation and prevention of further or reoccurring injuries. Our orthopedic surgeons specialize in a variety of procedures including:
- Joint replacement (partial, total and revision) - when an arthritic or damaged joint is removed and replaced with an artificial joint called a prosthesis
- Arthroscopy - a procedure using special cameras and equipment to visualize, diagnose and treat problems inside a joint without significant disruption to the surrounding tissues
- Internal Fixation - a method to hold the broken pieces of bone in proper position with metal plates, pins or screws while the bone is healing
- Soft tissue repair - the mending of soft tissue, such as torn tendons or ligaments