Understanding Orthopedic Care

There are many reasons why you might require the services of an orthopedic doctor or orthopedic surgeon. The practice itself is predominantly associated with the treatment and care of the musculoskeletal system. This system is made up the muscles, tendons, bones and joints within your body.

Problems with the muscles can occur for many number of reasons, not least injury and over-use. The function of your muscles is imperative for optimum mobility and even slight damage can cause severely problematic restrictions in your movement. The tendons are similar to the muscles in that they are also an essential component for motion. The tendons usually work well with the muscles to do this job but a tear or inflammation to a tendon can have far-reaching problems. When it comes to the bones, the most common problems concern infections of the bones, bone tumours, bone deformities, spinal deformities, fractures and even the need for amputation. Common joint complaints include tears to the ligaments, arthritis and dislocation as well as swelling and pain in the joints.

Certain conditions that fall into the orthopedic category will occur naturally over time due to the usual wear and tear that all of our bodies endure. However, more immediate problems might also arise due to unpredictable circumstances, such as an auto accident or a fall at work. Whatever the reason that brings you into our care, the diagnosis procedure and following appropriate treatment will always be conducted at the same professional high standards.

The diagnosis of orthopedic conditions frequently involves imaging procedures such as an X-ray, an MRI, a bone scan or CT scan. This can be done relatively soon after you feel like you have a problem and have sought treatment yourself, or if you have been sent for a check-up for any number of reasons.

Once a successful diagnosis has been achieved, treatment options vary but will often involve some kind of surgery. With impressive developments in the field of orthopedic surgery over the last few decades, the majority of these surgeries are minimally invasive with promising recovery rates and times. Physical therapy is often required whether surgery is involved or not. This physical therapy should be given your full dedication and commitment as it can make all the difference to whether you regain full function of the affected area! Remember, nobody can completely predict when a problem like this might present itself to them, but everyone can have full control as to how they overcome the problem!

References

1) http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/007455.htm

2) http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=a00065