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What is general orthopaedics?
Orthopaedics is medical care that evaluates, diagnoses, prevents, or treats disorders and injuries of the musculoskeletal system. For example, your Western Orthopaedics, P.C., specialist can treat problems with bones, muscles, joints, ligaments, tendons, and nerves.
Why might I require general orthopaedic care?
If you have an injury or chronic pain, orthopaedics care can alleviate discomfort and get you on the road to recovery quickly. Your Western Orthopaedics, P.C., specialist can repair issues related to muscle, knee, back, hip, shoulder, and other joint pain. Specific injuries your orthopaedist can treat are:
- Strains and sprains
- ACL or MCL tears
- Torn cartilage
- Joint dislocation
- Chronic pain
While sometimes an injury or pain heals on its own, seeking general orthopaedics care from a specialist can speed up your recovery and prevent your condition from worsening.
Which orthopaedic treatments are available?
Depending on the type and severity of an injury or disease, the expert orthopaedic surgeons at Western Orthopaedics, P.C., offer the following treatments.
Heat, ice, and bracing
Using heat and ice therapy or wearing a brace is sometimes all that’s needed to enhance healing and relieve pain naturally. Try alternating heat with ice packs.
Your doctor offers hyaluronic acid, steroid, stem cell, platelet-rich plasma (PRP), and pain-relieving injections to accelerate healing and offer you relief without addictive pain medicines or invasive surgery.
During noninvasive radiofrequency ablation, your orthopaedics specialist uses radiofrequency energy to help block nerve impulses that transmit pain signals to your brain.
Completing strength and flexibility exercises with a licensed physical therapist can improve muscle and joint function, accelerate healing, relieve pain, and prevent re-injury. Physical therapy is useful for post-surgery recovery, too.
Minimally invasive surgery
At Western Orthopaedics, P.C., orthopaedic surgeons use minimally invasive surgery, including arthroscopy, to repair an injury with smaller incisions and minimal downtime. The surgeons always consider minimally invasive techniques to promote fast healing. Don’t let chronic pain or an injury prevent you from staying active and enjoying life. Schedule a general orthopaedics appointment with Western Orthopaedics, P.C., over the phone or online today.
What is regenerative medicine?
Regenerative medicine at Western Orthopaedics, P.C., is an innovative, natural treatment for injuries and chronic pain. Your orthopaedic specialist injects special cells into injured areas of your body to accelerate healing and relieve pain naturally, to help you avoid addictive medicines and surgery. Stem cells stimulate your body’s ability to generate new tissues and heal itself.
Where do stem cells come from?
Stem cells, which can replicate into just about any other type of cell within your body, are often sourced from:
- Platelet-rich plasma (PRP)
- Bone marrow
- Fat Donated placental or umbilical cord tissue
Your doctor can harvest stem cells from your blood or other areas of your body, or use donated stem cells from a lab.
For what is regenerative medicine used?
Your orthopaedic specialist might use regenerative medicine to treat the following injuries or diseases.
- Meniscus tears
- Knee arthritis
- Shoulder arthritis
- Tennis elbow
- Golfer’s elbow
- Rotator cuff injuries
- Plantar fasciitis
- Achilles tendonitis
Your doctor lets you know if you’re a good candidate for regenerative medicine after examining the site of an injury or pain.
They review your symptoms and medical history, and might use blood tests, X-rays, MRIs, CT scans, or other imaging procedures to determine if regenerative medicine is right for you.
What should I expect during the procedure?
There are several ways to implement regenerative medicine at Western Orthopaedics, P.C. Your doctor might first harvest stem cells from your bone marrow, fat, or blood. In the case of PRP injections, they spin a sample of blood in a centrifuge to extract platelet-rich plasma from the rest of your blood.
Once they harvest stem cells from your body or source them from donated tissue from a lab, your orthopaedic specialist injects the cells into your body at the site of pain or an injury. They might recommend multiple treatments to help you achieve desirable results. As cells regenerate into new tissues, you notice improvements in pain and enhanced healing.
Don’t settle for taking harsh medicines or undergoing surgery before finding out if you’re a candidate for minimally invasive regenerative medicine. Schedule an appointment with Western Orthopaedics, P.C., over the phone, or request one online today.