Orthopedics is a surgical specialty in medicine that focuses on the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of injuries and diseases of the musculoskeletal system. This includes injuries to bone, ligaments, muscles, cartilage, nerves and tendons.
Sports medicine is a subspecialty of Orthopedics that focuses on the prevention and treatment of injuries in the recreational (the weekend warrior) and professional athlete.
No, you do not need x-rays or MRI prior to your clinic visit. You will likely have X-rays done at your clinic visit for the specific area of pain. MRIs will be ordered if necessary after formal evaluation.
Arthroscopic surgery is a minimally invasive surgical procedure which uses small key hole incisions, a camera and special instruments to perform surgery in a joint. Examples of arthroscopic surgery include arthroscopic rotator cuff repair, or arthroscopic assisted ACL reconstruction.
Unfortunately, yes. Our anesthesiologists will often provide a long-acting nerve block and a pain pump to go home with that will significantly help with pain. The pain is typically the most intense during the first 3-4 days after surgery.
Icing the surgical site will help very much. If interested, we can provide a cold machine that will be incorporated in your postoperative care.
Elevation of the operative extremity will also help with pain, especially the first 2 postoperative weeks.
Yes, you will need physical therapy after surgery. The amount and frequency of the therapy depends on what type of surgery you have. However, for almost every surgery I preform, physical therapy is instrumental in having a successful outcome. We will work closely with your therapist to ensure you’re on the right path to recovery.
Return to sport is dependent on the type of injury and surgery you have undergone, as well as your progress in the postoperative rehabilitation process. While certain surgeries have general guidelines, the ultimate decision will be individually based.