Orthopedics is a branch of sports medicine that studies the human musculoskeletal system. This system includes nerves, tendons, and ligaments, along with muscles, joints, and bones.  Orthopedics is not limited to only sports related injuries. Disease, accidents, injuries, and the wear and tear of time can cause pain and damage to the musculoskeletal system, and an orthopedic surgery specialist is utilized to help correct the problems.

What Can an Orthopedic Surgeon Do for You?

Orthopedic surgeons study, understand, diagnose, treat, and relieve many different types of conditions that can affect the joints, bones, and muscles.  Common issues such as back and joint pain are treated, along with problems surrounding the spine, hands, shoulders, knees, wrists, hips, ankles, and elbows.

Orthopedic Surgery is Not Necessary for Every Ailment

Orthopedic surgery is considered the last option for pain. Those who suffer with orthopedic related ailments are encouraged to try medication and therapy before considering surgery. Unfortunately, not everyone benefits from these mild, and low-impact approaches. When pain and impaired movement persist beyond the scope of medication and physical therapy, orthopedic surgery may be necessary.

Orthopedic Surgery Procedures

Orthopedic surgery encompasses a large array of procedures, along with a variety of specific interventions that are targeted to a specific area on the body.

Common issues that may require orthopedic surgery include:

  • Spine Disorders
  • ACL and rotator cuff tears
  • Carpal and cubital tunnel
  • Hip labral tears
  • Bone fractures
  • Muscle, ligament, and tendon damage
  • Joint replacement
  • Knee and shoulder arthroscopy
  • Support Implant removal

San Diego Orthopedic Surgery also works to treat issues such as finger lumps, trigger finger, heel spurs, flat feet, plantar fasciitis, snapping hip syndrome. Children with orthopedic problems can receive diagnosis and treatment, for ailments like  knock knees, club feet, Little Leaguers elbow, and shoulder injuries, and bone deformities.

Alternate Treatments

Non-invasive treatments are also used in orthopedic surgery. Pain management treatments such as acupuncture, spinal cord compression, and hydrotherapy are used effectively in many patients.

San Diego Orthopedics Surgery also utilizes platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections which is used for arthritis and joint pain. Famous athletes like Tiger Woods have had these injections, and it has been found to be very effective.

The region’s most expert team in orthopedic procedures are here at the San Diego Orthopedic Surgery. We offer on-site X-ray facilities, same-day appointments, and a well-trained staff to meet the needs of our patients. If you suffer from chronic pain or impaired movement, contact San Diego Orthopedic Surgery today to learn about the many options available to ease your pain.


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