General orthopedic care is any treatment, surgery and/or rehabilitation exercise necessary to facilitate the proper functioning of your body’s musculoskeletal system which includes all bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles, and nerves that allow you to move, work, and be active.
Some common conditions requiring orthopedic care are bursitis, arthritis, tennis and golfers elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, meniscus tears, ankle sprains and plantar fasciitis, to name a few.
If caught early enough, many conditions are treated using non-surgical treatments that include physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medication and avoiding painful activities. Cortisone injections to the affected area may also be given to help relieve pain.
When medication, physical therapy and rest aren’t enough then surgery may be the only alternative. Some of these include knee, shoulder, elbow and hip arthroscopy, and total joint replacement.
Arthroscopy is often used to diagnose a condition, and then fix it while the doctor is already there. Several incisions are made around the affected area and a small, high resolution camera is used to view the area. The other incisions are used to insert the tools needed to remove or repair the damaged tissue. Local, regional or general anesthesia is used; the entire procedure taking only a few hours in an outpatient setting.
When choosing where to receive your general orthopedic care, be sure to do your research. Finding a doctor that specializes in the type of care you need fosters a greater level of security and comfort, and can help in speeding up recovery time as well.