Our Los Angeles orthopedic surgeon can help with acute and chronic conditions.
Orthopedics is a branch of medicine that uses surgery and other medical techniques to treat ailments of the musculoskeletal system. Highly trained medical doctors called orthopedic surgeons use specialized technologies to diagnose, treat, and prevent a wide range of conditions that are:
- Acute (temporary)
- Chronic (long-lasting)
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What kind of training do orthopedic surgeons have?
In order to provide you with the best possible care, orthopedic surgeons undergo many years of specialized training. After receiving their undergraduate degrees, orthopedists must complete four-years of medical school. After earning their M.D.’s, orthopedists spend 4-5 years as residents at public medical facilities. Following this, orthopedic doctors choose specific areas of concentration and spend several additional years studying and practicing their chosen specialties.
What is orthopedic medicine?
Orthopedic medical professionals diagnose and treat diseases and injuries associated with the muscles, bones, and joints. Orthopedic doctors use a range of medical tools and technologies to accurately identify and repair damage.
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI): At our facility in Los Angeles, we use MRI scans to rapidly find issues with bones, ligaments, and tendons.
- X-Rays: Our physicians use x-rays for a variety of diagnostic procedures, including fracture imaging.
- Ultrasonography: We also use ultrasound technologies to non-invasively identify and treat a range of bone and joint problems.
- Computed Tomography (CT): CT scans are similar to MRI scans.
- Electromyography: Our orthopedic doctors use electromyography tests to identify issues with muscle tissue.
- Computer Aided Orthopedic Surgery: This method of orthopedic treatment uses a network of computers and sensors to produce 3-dimensional images that physicians use to diagnose and treat bone, joint, and muscle problems.
What diseases and injuries can orthopedic medicine treat?
Orthopedic medical techniques can manage and cure many general medical problems. In addition to this, orthopedic surgeons have specific areas of concentration that allow them to effectively deal with injuries and diseases that affect joints, bones, muscles, and connective tissues.
Joints: The joints are key areas of focus for our Los Angeles orthopedic surgeon. Injuries and diseases that affect the joints can reduce your mobility and cause pain. Joint treatments aim to restore your range of motion and reduce or eliminate your pain. To this end, orthopedic surgeons perform a number of joint-reconstructions and replacements.
Arthritis: Arthritis strikes millions of people every year. One of the most prevalent forms of this disease is called osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis causes the breakdown of cartilage in the joints. Damaged cartilage often forms bone spurs that worsen osteoarthritis symptoms. Orthopedic doctors use a number of therapies to mitigate the symptoms of this ailment, including exercise, diet, medicine, and surgical interventions.
Foot and Ankle: The foot and the ankle are critical for mobility, and issues with these body members often compromise mobility. Foot and ankle specialists have a range of therapies at their disposal for treatment of ankle and foot problems, including braces, orthotics, therapy, and minimally invasive surgery.
Bones: The bones are the main focus of orthopedic surgeons, and they treat diseases and acute injuries to the bones. Fractures are serious injuries that often require in-depth medical attention. To treat fractures, our Los Angeles orthopedic surgeon uses therapeutic techniques that include reduction, fixation, fusions, and bracing.
Sports Injuries: Athletes sustain injuries that often involve bones, joints, ligaments, and tendons. Sports injuries tend to be acute and sometimes severe, but our Los Angeles orthopedic surgeon is uniquely qualified to deal with sports-related issues. Knee and hip arthroscopic surgeries offer effective treatment of many ligament and cartilage injuries, including ACL and meniscus tears. Arthroscopic surgical techniques are minimally invasive, leave small scars, and many patients are able to return home soon after their procedures are completed.
Rehabilitation: Getting properly rehabilitated after surgery or injuries can make a big difference to eventual recovery. To this end, our team of surgeons and physical therapists prepare rehabilitation plans that serve the unique interests of each and every patient.
What are some of the potential benefits of orthopedic therapies?
Orthopedic medical techniques can improve the quality of life of those who suffer from debilitating injuries to their musculoskeletal systems. Orthopedic surgical techniques are designed to fix internal problems with as little disturbance to the body as possible, and this approach can allow patients to recover more quickly.
Surgical joint-replacements can also enhance the quality of life for people who suffer from arthritis and other joint diseases. Our staff members perform ankle, knee, hip, and shoulder replacements, all of which can improve and restore range of motion and general mobility.
Orthopedics is a major branch of medicine that has helped to improve the lives of many, and it can do the same for you. Here at our facility, we are committed to providing you with the highest quality of medical care possible. If you are suffering from issues with your bones, muscles, or joints, we invite you to contact us or visit our facility today for a consultation with one of our orthopedic physicians.