Orthopedic centers specialize in the treatment of broken bones, whether it’s a simple or compound fracture.
Ligament injuries, such as ankle or knee sprains, are common orthopedic concerns.
Injuries to muscles or tendons, often resulting from overuse or sudden impact.
When joint surfaces lose contact, an orthopedic center can provide realignment and treatment.
Inflammation of tendons, often due to repetitive motion or overuse.
Tears in the tough bands of tissue connecting bones, like an ACL tear in the knee.
Orthopedic centers address injuries to the cartilage in the knee.
Rotator Cuff Injuries:
Damage to the muscles and tendons in the shoulder.
Inflammation of the fluid-filled sacs that cushion joints.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome:
Compression of the median nerve in the wrist.
Tears in the cartilage around the hip or shoulder socket.
Strains or tears in the muscles at the back of the thigh.
Achilles Tendon Injuries:
Injuries to the Achilles tendon, often resulting in pain and swelling.
Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis):
Inflammation of the outer part of the elbow.
Golfer’s Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis):
Inflammation of the inner part of the elbow.
Shoulder Labrum Tears:
Tears to the specialized cartilage tissue in the shoulder known as the labrum.
Orthopedic centers may be involved in the treatment of head injuries, particularly when related to sports or trauma.
Deep tissue bruises, often resulting from a direct blow.
Small cracks in the bone due to repetitive stress.
Accumulation of excess fluid in a joint, often seen in conditions like knee effusion.
De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis:
Inflammation of the tendons on the thumb side of the wrist.
A common injury in which forceful twisting causes certain tissue in the knee to tear.
Superior Labrum Anterior to Posterior is an injury to the labrum, the fibrocartilage lining the shoulder socket that the humerus (upper arm bone) fits into.
Hip Labrum Tears:
A labral tear of the hip is an injury to the labrum — a ring of cartilage on the socket part of the hip joint.
Foot & Ankle Injuries
Hand & Wrist Injuries
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Frequently Asked Questions
Likely, the first thing anyone should do after an injury is utilize the RICE approach (Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation). Resting limits your susceptibility to further injury and allows the body to conduct its natural healing process and ice, compression and elevation all work to reduce swelling, which can cause pain and infection. Other non-surgical options include pain reducing or anti-inflammatory medications and physical therapy. These nonsurgical options will be used, if at all possible, to limit your exposure to potential risks.
The recovery period for different surgeries can vary from hours to months. If the patient is healthy and takes the right steps before and after surgery, they can limit the risk for complications and promote the body’s natural healing process. That being said, many surgeries will require at least a 24 to 48 hour period of minimal activity, if not bed rest. From there, you will regularly follow up with your surgeon to monitor your progress and discuss the best rehabilitative approach to take to get you back to your normal daily routines as soon as possible.
For fractures, dislocations, sprains and tears, it is highly advised, if not required, to undergo physical therapy to not only promote fast healing but ensure that the body is fully recovered from any joint or soft-tissue injuries. While this may seem inconvenient, patients will appreciate the assistance that physical therapists provide both physically and mentally while recovering from a serious surgery.
In certain cases, patients may choose to opt-out of surgery and let their bodies heal naturally. Through diagnostics scans and tests, surgeons will have a complete understanding of the patient’s condition and how it can progress. If surgery is recommended, it is very likely that the patient’s condition will worsen, or at least be highly susceptible to further deterioration.
For certain injuries, the body may have to overcompensate to provide stability and balance. This can lead to additional injuries and deformities over time. Injuries like fractures may heal improperly, or incompletely without the assistance of surgery. In the case of a spine injury, deterioration or unrelieved pressure on the spine can lead to progressive pain, weakness and paralysis.
Any surgery carries a certain degree of risk, though diagnostic scans and choosing the right surgical team can limit the potential for post-operative complications. Potential risk factors include:
- Blood clots
- Nerve damage
Injury rates vary from person to person depending on age and lifestyle. For athletes, sprains and strains are highly common. In elderly patients, degenerative diseases such as osteoarthritis and slip and fall injuries are quite common.