Orthopedics

Orthopedics

Orthopedics services offered in Athens, OH

If you play sports or work a physically demanding job, you’re more likely to experience sprains, strains, and musculoskeletal pain. Fortunately, orthopedics can identify the source of your discomfort and make treatment recommendations. At Athens Surgery Center, an ambulatory surgery center, the team provides a wide range of orthopedics, including sports medicine and minimally invasive surgery. Call your othropedic specialist's office in Athens, Ohio to schedule your appointment today with Athens Surgery Center.

Orthopedics Q&A

What is orthopedics?

Orthopedics diagnoses, treats, and prevents problems that affect your musculoskeletal system, including the bones, joints, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. A doctor who specializes in these techniques is called an orthopedist.

At Athens Surgery Center, the team of orthopedists provides conservative and surgical treatments for many musculoskeletal issues. If you regularly experience musculoskeletal pain, don’t wait to seek treatment.

What types of problems does orthopedics treat?

At Athens Surgery Center, the team uses orthopedics to treat a wide range of problems, including:

  • Joint pain from arthritis
  • Bone fractures
  • Soft tissue injuries (ligaments, tendons, and muscles)
  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Congenital conditions, like clubfoot and scoliosis

The team also uses orthopedics to provide sports medicine. If you run marathons, play organized sports, or lead a physically active lifestyle, your provider can educate you on warming up, cooling down, and other tips for injury prevention.

When should I visit an orthopedic specialist?

Make an orthopedics appointment at Athens Surgery Center if you experience a sudden or noticeable change in your range of motion. That’s especially true if your symptoms occur alongside swelling, redness, or pain that affects your ability to stand up or walk.

What happens during an orthopedics appointment?

At Athens Surgery Center, an orthopedics appointment begins with a review of your medical records and a discussion of your symptoms. Next, your provider conducts a physical. During the exam, they gently press on the part of your body that is causing discomfort. They also test your muscle strength, reflexes, and range of motion.

Your provider also orders diagnostic imaging, like X-rays, a computed tomography (CT) scan, or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). After making a diagnosis, the team makes treatment recommendations.

How are orthopedic problems treated?

Treatment of orthopedic problems depends on several factors, including your age and the severity of your symptoms. The team at Athens Surgery Center recommends conservative treatments first, like:

  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Physical therapy
  • Home exercise programs
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Acupuncture
  • Massage
  • Mobility aids (like a cane or crutches)

If your symptoms don’t improve or get worse, you might benefit from surgery. Athens Surgery Center performs traditional open surgery and minimally invasive surgery.

To see if you’re a candidate for orthopedics, make an appointment at Athens Surgery Center by calling the office or booking online today.