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Top 5 Conditions Treated By Orthopedic Specialists

Top 5 Conditions Treated by Orthopedic Specialists

Orthopedic specialists specialize in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of conditions related to the musculoskeletal system. This encompasses a wide range of issues, from fractures and dislocations to degenerative diseases and tumors. With the vast array of conditions that fall under the orthopedic umbrella, it’s essential to understand some of the most common ailments that orthopedic surgeons treat.

1. Ligament Injuries

Ligaments are the tough, elastic bands that connect bones to other bones, providing stability to our joints. They can become injured through overstretching, often resulting from sports activities or accidents.

Causes and Symptoms

Ligament injuries, most commonly sprains, can range from a mild stretch to a complete tear. Commonly experienced by athletes, they are often caused by sudden twists or direct impacts. Symptoms include pain, swelling, bruising, and reduced mobility in the affected joint.

Treatment Options

Treatment for ligament injuries depends on the severity. Mild sprains can often be treated with conservative intervention, including physical therapy, occupational therapy, and bracing. Severe tears might require minimally invasive surgical intervention to restore function and stability.Β 

2. Rotator Cuff Injuries

The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that surround the shoulder joint, allowing for a wide range of motion. Injuries here can be particularly debilitating, given the shoulder’s essential role in many daily activities.

Causes and Symptoms

Rotator cuff injuries can result from acute trauma, such as a fall, or from repetitive overhead motions, like those in tennis or swimming. Symptoms include a dull ache deep in the shoulder, disturbed sleep due to pain, and arm weakness.

Treatment Options

Treatment can range from physical therapy and to minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery for more severe tears.

3. Herniated Discs

The spine is made up of a series of bones called vertebrae, separated by discs. These discs can sometimes rupture or “herniate,” leading to pain and discomfort.

Causes and Symptoms

A herniated disc can result from general wear and tear, such as that from aging or from lifting heavy objects using the back rather than the legs. Symptoms can vary but often include pain, numbness, or weakness in an arm or leg.

Treatment Options

Many people find relief from herniated discs through conservative care, including physical therapy, chiropractic care, and occupational therapy. At Alliance Orthopedics, the DRX 900 decompression system is used to help decompress herniated discs and relieve symptoms caused by pinched nerves. In cases where these treatments don’t provide relief, our team of board-certified orthopedic spine surgeons will provide you with the best option for your full recovery.Β 

4. Arthritis

Arthritis encompasses a range of joint conditions characterized by inflammation and pain. Osteoarthritis, a degenerative joint disease, is the most common type treated by orthopedic surgeons.

Causes and Symptoms

Arthritis can result from a variety of factors, including age, genetics, and previous injuries. Symptoms include joint pain, stiffness, swelling, and reduced range of motion.

Treatment Options

While there’s no cure for arthritis, treatments like physical therapy and occupational therapy, and interventional pain management can help manage symptoms and improve joint function.

5. Fractures

Fractures or broken bones are common injuries that orthopedic surgeons treat. They can range from simple breaks to complex, multi-part fractures.

Causes and Symptoms

Fractures can result from various incidents, including falls, accidents, or direct blows. Symptoms often include pain, swelling, bruising, and an inability to move the injured area.

Treatment Options

Treatment depends on the fracture’s location and severity. Treatments can range from casting and braces to surgical interventions using pins, plates, or screws. At Alliance Orthopedics, our team of orthopedic specialists and surgeons will help you be better every day.

Receive Expert Orthopedic Care at Alliance Orthopedics

If you or a loved one is experiencing any of these conditions, it’s essential to seek expert care. At Alliance Orthopedics, our team of experienced orthopedic specialists is equipped to diagnose, treat, and help you recover from these and other musculoskeletal conditions. Prioritize your health and schedule an appointment with us today.

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