Orthopedics involves diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal problems, including joint, cartilage, tendon, nerve or muscle damage. An orthopedist provides minimally invasive arthroscopic procedures, prescription anti-inflammatory medications or customized brace/bandage supports to help heal joints and tissues. When you visit a doctor of orthopedics in Brooklyn, you may also receive recommendations regarding activity modification techniques, steroid injections or physical therapy, depending on the severity of your musculoskeletal injury or disease.
What is an Orthopedic Surgeon?
Orthopedic surgeons use arthroscopic procedures to diagnose and treat joint problems. If you have torn ligaments, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome or rotator cuff tears, an orthopedic surgeon will use a device that reaches into the joint and provides real-time images of the joint’s condition. Orthopedic surgeons also replace damaged cartilage in knees and elbows, replace dysfunctional joints with new joints and perform shoulder/spine/knee surgeries when necessary. Instead of joint replacement surgery, an orthopedist may choose to reconstruct a joint, a treatment involving filling in or correcting small portions of bones in the joint.
Should You See an Orthopedist If You Break a Bone?
Orthopedists specialize in treating multiple breaks or bone fractures due to trauma involving crushed or severely damaged bone. Fractures occurring near joints or to the pelvis often require patients seek orthopedics in Brooklyn because of the complex nature of such fractures.
What Kind of Disorders and Injuries are Treated by Orthopedic Surgeons?
In addition to dislocations and fractures, an orthopedist also monitors and treats severe sprains, bursitis, sciatica, ruptured disks, osteoporosis, hammer toes/bunions, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy and growth abnormalities affecting the toes and fingers. To determine if should visit an orthopedic surgeon, contact Maimonides Medical Center to speak to a knowledgeable staff member.
Why Do Orthopedists Perform Bone Density Scans?
Osteoporosis is one of the most common bone disorders affecting people over 55. Although women are more at risk for osteoporosis, men can also be diagnosed with low bone density. Orthopedists conduct bone density tests to determine if bones have lost their ability to replace “old” bone with “new” bone. By measuring amounts of calcium and other minerals in a bone density scan in the forearm, hip and spine, an orthopedist can begin treating someone with osteoporosis before more damage is done. Most people do not know they have osteoporosis until they fracture a bone and are given a bone density scan.
Can an Orthopedist Provide Treatment for Bone Tumors?
Yes. Our doctor of orthopedics in Brooklyn diagnoses and treats osteoblastomas and osteosarcomas in addition to cartilage tumors such as osteochondromas and chondromas.
Learn more about our orthopedics services by calling Maimonides Medical Center today.