At some point, almost everyone will need to be treated for an orthopedic condition. And when a physician refers them to an orthopedic specialist, many people automatically think this means they will need surgery. Nothing could be further from the truth. In point of fact, surgery is usually only performed when other, less invasive treatments have failed.
Treatment of orthopedic conditions at Coastal Orthopedics generally starts with the most conservative measures available. Depending on the condition or injury, this could include medication, medical therapies or physical therapy. Our 17 world-class physicians specialize in the care and treatment of the entire musculoskeletal system. We use the very latest in non-surgical procedures, and when needed, cutting-edge, minimally invasive, computer-guided surgeries.
Common Conditions and Treatments.
Some of the most common orthopedic conditions and injuries we treat include:
- Arthritis. For osteoarthritis, we typically start with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to reduce swelling and treat pain. When NSAIDs don’t provide effective relief, we may recommend corticosteroid injections and medication. Physical therapy is often recommended to strengthen muscles, ligaments and tissues around the affected joints, taking the pressure off of them.
- Pinched nerves. A pinched nerve can cause pain, tingling, numbness or weakness in the affected area. Treatment can involve rest, ice, or nerve blocks. Only in the most severe situations is surgery used to treat a pinched nerve.
- Herniated discs. A herniated or slipped disc occurs when the soft center of a disc in between the vertebrae protrudes through the exterior ring of the disc. This irritates nearby nerves resulting in pain, numbness or weakness in an arm or leg. Treatment can involve the use of pain relievers, ice, physical therapy, medication like muscle relaxers and NSAIDs and epidural or cortisone injections. Most discs will heal using a combination of non-surgical treatments, but surgery is not out of the question if other methods fail.
- Tennis elbow. An inflammation of the tendons that connect the muscles in your forearm to your elbow, tennis elbow is often caused by repetitive motion, like the backhand swing of a tennis racquet. It can also occur as the result of painting, using heavy tools, or playing certain musical instruments. When rest, ice, and medication don’t work, your orthopedic doctor may recommend splints, braces, other protective sports gear or physical therapy.
- Sprains and strains. The most commonly prescribed treatment for simple sprains and strains is the RICE method: Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. Your physician may also decide to immobilize the injured area with a splint or other device or add physical therapy to the mix.
- Sports injuries. The physicians at Coastal Orthopedics have been trusted to provide sports medicine to some of the world’s top athletes. Some of the most common sports injuries we treat include:
- Rotator cuff injuries
- ACL/MCL tears of the knee
- Shoulder dislocations and instability
- Meniscal tears
- Plantar fasciitis
- Ankle sprains and stress fractures
- Muscle strains and sprains
- Golf-related injuries
- Tennis related injuries
- Concussion management
Our sports medicine specialists are experts in both surgical and non-surgical treatment for sports injuries. In addition to treating injuries, we can help you prevent them from recurring and improve your performance. From medication to braces and splints, physical therapy to injections and pain management, we can treat a wide variety of sports injuries and get you back in the game.
Looking for a non-surgical approach to your orthopedic condition? Give our experts at Coastal Orthopedics a call at 941-792-1404 or use our online form to request an appointment. We’ll go through all of your non-surgical treatment options and get you on the road to recovery.