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Orthopedic Care 101

Last updated 3 years ago

Orthopedics is a branch of medicine that involves the diagnosis and treatment of injuries and diseases that affect your musculoskeletal system. The musculoskeletal system includes your muscles, nerves, bones, joints, tendons, and ligaments. Orthopedic doctors may further specialize in certain areas of the body or certain fields such as pediatrics and sports medicine. Diseased joints, carpal tunnel syndrome, and fractured bones are just a few of the many health conditions that orthopedic doctors can treat.

Joint Replacement

Orthopedic surgeons commonly perform joint replacement surgeries on patients who suffer from osteoarthritis or other conditions that affect the joints. Severely diseased or damaged joints can cause ongoing pain and limited mobility. With a joint replacement, these damaged parts are removed and an artificial implant is inserted to enable mobility.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treatment

The carpal tunnel is a narrow structure located in your wrist. Your median nerve passes through this bony tunnel. If there isn’t enough space within the tunnel, the nerve can become compressed, leading to carpal tunnel syndrome. This orthopedic condition generally starts with mild symptoms such as tingling in the hand and progresses to severe pain that radiates up the arm. Orthopedic doctors generally recommend conservative treatments first, such as bracing and physical therapy. If symptoms persist, an orthopedic surgeon can perform a carpal tunnel release surgery to give the median nerve more space.

Fracture Repair

There are many different types of broken bones, including stress fractures, open fractures, and greenstick fractures. If you have trouble placing weight on a certain body part, you suffer from significant pain, or you notice that a limb or joint looks misshapen, you should seek emergency care for a potential fracture. In some cases, an orthopedic surgeon may need to operate on the fractured bone. Otherwise, you may only need a cast.

The Center for Joint and Spine Care at South Bay Hospital provides a comprehensive suite of expert orthopedic care in a relaxing, tranquil environment. Our orthopedic surgeons are pleased to offer a new, minimally invasive approach to hip replacement surgery known as the anterior approach. Residents of South Shore and nearby cities are invited to learn more about this innovative technique by calling (888) 685-1595.

 

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