Orthopedic complaints are the second most common reason for patients to seek medical care. Orthopedic physicians specialize in treating problems specifically related to the musculoskeletal system – the body’s framework of bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, and muscles – and these kinds of problems can occur at virtually any age. Appropriate treatment requires specific skill and experience, and orthopedic surgeons are specially trained to handle the wide variety of bone and soft tissue problems that can occur, including joint (hip, knee, and shoulder) pain, tendon and ligament tears, arthritis, osteoporosis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and bone deformities.
Imaging procedures often are useful in diagnosing orthopedic problems. To find out what is causing your specific problem, your doctor may order an imaging study such as a joint X-ray (arthrogram), bone scan, computed tomography (CT) scan, discography, or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Depending on the diagnosis, there are many treatment options available and physical therapy, medications, joint injections, or even surgery may be recommended.
Because our bones and their associated structures are the body’s framework, an orthopedic problem can occur in almost any area, so it is important to find an experienced team of medical experts to help you through the journey from diagnosis to recovery and return to normal activity. When you bring your orthopedic problem to the team at White Plains Hospital, you will receive exceptional care because our approach to orthopedic care includes not only our experienced and expertly trained orthopedic surgeons, but an entire team of skilled health care professionals including your primary care physician, rehabilitation and sports medicine physicians, neurologists, pain specialists, physical and occupational therapists, and care managers to facilitate your recovery. At White Plains Hospital, we will partner with you to identify a personalized treatment plan best suited to your individual needs.
The Spine Program at White Plains Hospital
Your spine has a lot of responsibilities it supports your head, shoulders, and upper body while allowing you to stand up straight, twist, turn, and bend. But it most important job is something we probably don’t think about very often – protecting your spinal cord. Without it though, we wouldn’t be able to do all those other things.
Your spine is made up of a complex network of bones (called vertebrae), the spinal cord and the nerves attached to it, many small muscles, ligaments, joints, and the cushioning discs between the vertebrae. Unfortunately, problems can arise in any of these areas of the spine, but a trained spine surgeon can be the key to helping you find relief when things go wrong. Whether it’s an infection, traumatic injury, tumor, conditions such as scoliosis and spondylolysis, or simply age-related changes such as disc degeneration and spinal stenosis, the orthopedic spine team can help you get “back on track.”
Like with other orthopedic problems, your doctor may use imaging studies like X-rays, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT) scan, and discography. You may need some neurological or electro-diagnostic testing for diagnosing the source of your pain, but contrary to popular belief, being diagnosed with a spinal problem does NOT automatically mean surgery! In most cases, conservative, non-surgical treatments are available to manage spinal problems, with surgery being the last resort. Depending on the individual situation, the doctors of The Spine Program at White Plains Hospital may also recommend conservative treatment which may include physical therapy and exercise, heat/cold therapy, ultrasound, massage, aquatic therapy, or medication. In cases that are less responsive to these non-invasive treatments, spinal injections may be necessary, but complementary approaches such as chiropractic care, acupuncture, or biofeedback have also proven helpful. When conservative options fail to relieve the problem, surgery such as disc replacement, spinal fusion, and laminectomy (widening of the spinal canal) may be options, depending on your diagnosis.
The orthopedic physicians of The Spine Program at White Plains Hospital understand that you are the most important team member, and they believe in working closely with you and their specially assembled team of clinicians and therapists to develop a treatment plan designed to provide you with the best possible results.
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