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Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

What is Orthopedics?

Providence St. Joseph Medical Center offers complete orthopedic care by a team of experts including doctors, surgeons, nurses, physical therapists and case managers. Our team diagnoses and treats conditions, diseases and injuries of the musculoskeletal system—the body's muscles, bones, joints and its ligaments, cartilage, tendons and nerves. The primary function of the musculoskeletal system is to provide motion, support and protection of vital organs, which is why our goal is to return patients to normal function and daily activities safely and quickly.

Over time, daily activities can lead to problems with joints, muscles and nerves. Providence St. Joseph Medical Center’s orthopedic doctors work as a team with physical therapists to keep people healthy and active. To help minimize the risk of injury, we provide information on fall prevention, flexibility, conditioning and prevention. Common Orthopedic surgeries include, but are not limited to:

Common hip surgeries:

  • Hip joint replacement surgery
  • Hip arthroplasty
  • Hip pinning surgery
  • Hip fracture surgery
  • Common hand and wrist surgeries:
  • Carpal tunnel release (CTR)
  • Tendinitis
  • Arthritis of the hand or wrist
  • Trigger finger

Common knee surgeries:

  • ACL reconstructive surgery
  • Knee arthroplasty
  • Knee microfracture surgery
  • Minimally invasive knee replacement
  • Partial knee replacement
  • Total knee replacement
  • Knee scope - arthroscopic lateral retinacular release
  • Tendon and ligament repair

What is Sports Medicine?

Your sports medicine physician is an expert in treating and preventing medical conditions that develop through sports and exercise. If necessary, your sports medicine doctor will work as a team with an orthopedic surgeon or physical therapist to design a plan with your best outcome in mind. Sports medicine physicians are not only for avid athletes and sports injuries, they are great resources for those who want to become more active or begin new exercise programs.

Common sports related injuries:

  • ACL sprains and tears: The Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) is one of four ligaments in the knee that connects and keeps the knee bones stable. The severity of an ACL injury may result in surgery to regain full function.
  • Ankle sprain: Ligaments that connect the ankle bones can often overstretch or tear, especially when the ankle is twisted inward. Injury to the ligaments can lead to bruising, swelling and be uncomfortable when putting weight on the joint.
  • Concussion: A common brain injury caused by the head hitting against an object or objects striking the head. Often the injury results in a temporary loss of brain function, unconsciousness, a bad headache or altered levels of alertness.
  • Muscle cramps: Most frequent in endurance athletes, muscle cramps and spasms are very painful and often occur during or after exercise. Treatment for muscle cramps can vary from person to person and may include stretching, massage, less intense exercise and increasing fluids, electrolytes, sodium or potassium.
  • Shin splints: Often occurs in runners and athletes who make frequent starts and stops, such as soccer and basketball players. Also known as Tibial Stress Syndrome, the ailment occurs when too much force is placed on the shinbone and tissues that connect muscles to the bone. Most cases can be treated with ice and rest and prevented with proper footwear and less intense or modified exercise.