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  • Arthritis

    Arthritis What is arthritis? Arthritis and other rheumatic diseases are characterized by pain, swelling, and limited movement in joints and connective tissues in the body. According to the CDC, nearl...

  • Arthroscopy

    Arthroscopy What is an arthroscope? An arthroscope is a small tube that is inserted into the body that consists of a system of lenses, a small video camera, and a light for viewing. The camera is con...

  • Bursitis

    Bursitis What is a bursa? A bursa is a closed, fluid-filled sac that functions as a cushion and gliding surface to reduce friction between tissues of the body. The major bursae are located adjacent t...

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

    Carpal Tunnel Syndrome What is carpal tunnel syndrome? Click Image to Enlarge Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition in which the median nerve is compressed as it passes through an opening from the wr...

  • Common Orthopedic Disorders

    Common Orthopedic Disorders There are many conditions that affect our body's musculoskeletal system, that require clinical care by a physician or other healthcare professional. Listed in the director...

  • Cryotherapy (Cold Therapy) for Pain Management

    Cryotherapy (Cold Therapy) for Pain Management Cryotherapy literally means cold therapy . The pain-relieving benefits of snow and ice were first written about by the Greek physician Hippocrates thous...

  • Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

    Cubital Tunnel Syndrome What is cubital tunnel syndrome? Click Image to Enlarge Cubital tunnel syndrome feels similar to the pain that occurs from hitting the "funny" bone in your elbow. The "funny" b...

  • Elbow Pain and Problems

    Elbow Pain and Problems Many types of elbow problems require clinical care by a physician or other health care professional. Listed in the directory below are some, for which we have provided a brief...

  • Epidural Corticosteroid Injections

    Epidural Corticosteroid Injections (Epidural steroid injections) Procedure overview In the simplest of terms, an epidural corticosteroid injection is a way to deliver pain medication quickly inside t...

  • Evaluation Procedures

    Evaluation Procedures What are standard evaluation procedures? Before a treatment or rehabilitation protocol can be established, your orthopaedist must first determine the reason for, and source of, ...

  • Exercise and the Aging Person

    Exercise and the Aging Person Exercise benefits persons of all ages There are numerous benefits of following a regular exercise program - even for individuals who are challenged by such conditions as...

  • Fibromyalgia

    Fibromyalgia What is fibromyalgia? Fibromyalgia is a chronic, widespread pain in muscles and soft tissues surrounding the joints throughout the body. The disease is fairly common, affecting approxima...

  • Foot Pain and Problems

    Foot Pain and Problems Click Image to Enlarge Anatomy of the foot The foot is one of the most complex parts of the body, consisting of 26 bones connected by numerous joints, muscles, tendons, and lig...

  • Fractures

    Fractures What is a fracture? A fracture is a partial or complete break in the bone. When a fracture occurs, it is classified as either open or closed: Open fracture (also called compound fracture). ...

  • Glossary - Orthopedic Surgery

    Glossary - Orthopedic Surgery | A | | B | | C | | D | | E | | F | | G | | H | | I | | J | | K | | L | | M | | N | | O | | P | | Q | | R | | S | | T | | U | | V | | W | | X | | Y | | Z | A [return to ...

  • Hand Pain and Problems

    Hand Pain and Problems Anatomy of the hand The hand is composed of many different bones, muscles, and ligaments that allow for a large amount of movement and dexterity. There are three major types of...

  • Hip Fracture

    Hip Fracture What is a hip fracture? Click Image to Enlarge A hip fracture is a break in the femur (thigh bone) of the hip joint. Joints are areas where two or more bones meet. The hip joint is a "ba...

  • Hip Replacement Surgery

    Hip Replacement Surgery What is hip replacement surgery? Click Image to Enlarge Hip replacement, also called total hip arthroplasty, is a surgical procedure to replace a worn out or damaged hip with ...

  • Home Page - Orthopedic Surgery

    Topic Index Overview of Orthopedics / The Orthopedic Team Common Orthopedic Disorders Evaluation Procedures Treatment Plans Sports Injuries Glossary Orthopedics is the branch of medicine concerned wi...

  • Ice Packs vs. Warm Compresses For Pain

    Ice Packs vs. Warm Compresses For Pain It can sometimes be confusing whether to use heat or cold when treating sore muscles or an injury, but keep these facts in mind. Heat: Brings more blood to the ...

  • Injectable Corticosteroids

    Injectable Corticosteroids Corticosteroids are potent drugs used to reduce inflammation in the body's tissues. They are different from anabolic steroids, which some athletes use illegally to increase...

  • Joint Replacement Surgery

    Joint Replacement Surgery What is joint replacement surgery? Click Image to Enlarge Joint replacement, a surgical procedure to remove and replace an arthritic or damaged joint with an artificial join...

  • Knee Pain and Problems

    Knee Pain and Problems Brief anatomy of the knee The knee is a vulnerable joint that bears a great deal of stress from everyday activities, such as lifting and kneeling, and from high-impact activiti...

  • Knee Replacement Surgery

    Knee Replacement Surgery When a knee is so severely damaged by disease or injury, an artificial knee replacement may be considered. During knee replacement surgery, joint surfaces are substituted or ...

  • Kyphosis

    Kyphosis What is kyphosis? A normal spine, when viewed from behind appears straight. However, a spine affected by kyphosis shows evidence of a forward curvature of the back bones (vertebrae) in the u...

  • Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)

    Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow) What is lateral epicondylitis? Click Image to Enlarge Lateral epicondylitis, also known as tennis elbow, is characterized by pain on the outside (lateral side) of...

  • Ligament Injuries to the Knee

    Ligament Injuries to the Knee What are knee ligaments? There are four major ligaments in the knee. Ligaments are elastic bands of tissue that connect bones to each other and provide stability and str...

  • Low Back Pain

    Low Back Pain What is low back pain? Click Image to Enlarge Low back pain can range from mild, dull, annoying pain, to persistent, severe, disabling pain in the lower back. Pain in the lower back can ...

  • Lumbar Strain (Weight Lifter's Back)

    Lumbar Strain (Weight Lifter's Back) What is a lumbar strain? A lumbar strain is an injury to the lower back, which results in damaged tendons and muscles that spasm and feel sore. What causes a lumb...

  • Neck Pain and Problems

    Neck Pain and Problems What is neck pain? The neck is located between the head and the shoulders. Because of its location and range-of-motion, it is often left unprotected and subject to injury. What...

  • Online Resources - Orthopedic Surgery

    Online Resources - Orthopedic Surgery The content provided here is for informational purposes only, and was not designed to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease, or replace the professional ...

  • Osteoarthritis

    Osteoarthritis What is osteoarthritis? Osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis, is a chronic degenerative joint disease that affects mostly middle-aged and older adults. Osteoarthritis is c...

  • Osteoporosis

    Osteoporosis What is osteoporosis? Osteoporosis, or porous bone, is a disease in which there is a loss of bone mass and destruction of bone tissue. This process causes weakening of the bones and make...

  • Overview of Sports Injuries

    Overview of Sports Injuries Facts about sports injuries Sports injuries are common daily occurrences in the U.S. Most sports injuries are due to either traumatic injury or overuse of muscles or joint...

  • Paget Disease of the Bone

    Paget Disease of the Bone What is Paget disease of the bone? Paget disease of the bone is a chronic bone disorder in which bones become enlarged and deformed. Bone may become dense, but fragile, beca...

  • Patellar Tendonitis (Jumper's Knee)

    Patellar Tendonitis (Jumper's Knee) What is jumper's knee? Click Image to Enlarge Jumper's knee, also known as patellar tendonitis, is a condition characterized by inflammation of the patellar tendon...

  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (Runner's Knee)

    Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (Runner's Knee) What is runner's knee? Click Image to Enlarge Runner's knee, also known as patellofemoral pain syndrome, is a condition characterized by dull pain around ...

  • Patient-Controlled Analgesia Pumps

    Patient-Controlled Analgesia Pumps Patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) is a method of pain management that allows you to decide when you will get a dose of pain medication. In some situations, PCA may...

  • Preventing Sports Injuries

    Preventing Sports Injuries Most sports injuries are the result of inadequate training in certain sports, structural defects in the body, and weaknesses in the body. Many people who start exercisi...

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Rheumatoid Arthritis What is rheumatoid arthritis? Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic disease that causes inflammation of the joints. The inflammation can become so severe that the function and appear...

  • Scoliosis

    Scoliosis What is scoliosis? Click Image to Enlarge A normal spine, when viewed from behind, appears straight. However, a spine affected by scoliosis shows evidence of a lateral, or side-to-side curv...

  • Shin Splints

    Shin Splints What are shin splints? Shin splints refers to pain and tenderness along or just behind the large bone in the lower leg (the tibia). Shin splints, also called medial tibia stress syndrome...

  • Shoulder Pain and Problems

    Shoulder Pain and Problems What is the shoulder? The shoulder is made up of several layers, including the following: Click Image to Enlarge Bones. The collarbone (clavicle), the shoulder blade (scapu...

  • Soft-Tissue Injuries

    Soft-Tissue Injuries What are soft-tissue injuries? Many activities can lead to soft-tissue damage of muscles, ligaments, and tendons. The result can be pain, swelling, bruising, and damage. Soft-tis...

  • Sports and Fractures

    Sports and Fractures Fractures are breaks in the bone that are often caused by a blow or a fall. A fracture may be classified as a simple fracture (a thin fracture that may not run through the entire...

  • Sports Injuries

    Sports Injuries Many sports injuries require clinical care by a physician or other health care professional. Listed below are some, for which we have provided a brief overview. Overview of Sports Inj...

  • Sympathetic Nerve Blocks for Pain

    Sympathetic Nerve Blocks for Pain A sympathetic nerve block can be an effective method for controlling chronic pain. This therapy targets the sympathetic nervous system, a series of nerves that sprea...

  • The Orthopedic Treatment Team

    The Orthopedic Treatment Team What is orthopedics? The word orthopedic comes from two Greek words: Ortho meaning straight Paedia meaning children Orthopedic surgery is the branch of medicine concerne...

  • Topic Index - Orthopedic Disorders

    Topic Index - Orthopedic Disorders Orthopedic Surgery Home The Orthopedic Treatment Team Common Orthopedic Disorders Arthritis Osteoarthritis Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment for Arthritis Bursitis Elb...

  • Torn Meniscus

    Torn Meniscus What is a torn meniscus? Click Image to Enlarge The ends of the three bones in the knee--the femur, tibia, and patella--are covered with cartilage (a smooth material that covers bone en...

  • Treatment for Arthritis

    Treatment for Arthritis How is arthritis treated? Unfortunately, there is no cure for arthritis. The goal of treatment is often to limit pain and inflammation, while ensuring optimal joint function. ...

  • Treatment Plans

    Treatment Plans After a comprehensive evaluation of the disorder, the orthopedist will make recommendations for a treatment plan, based on some of the following criteria: your age, overall health, an...