10 Problems that An Orthopedist Helps Resolve

10 Problems that An Orthopedist Helps Resolve

From strained muscles and tendons to chronic joint pain and fractures, most people deal with a condition that could benefit from orthopedic care at some point. And while your family physician can likely help with minor issues, an orthopedist brings heightened expertise and skills for lingering and severe orthopedic problems.

Our expert team at Northland Orthopedics & Sports Medicine in Kansas City, Missouri, is pleased to offer orthopedic care to relieve your symptoms while strengthening your health and well-being.

Read on to learn more about orthopedics, including 10 painful problems your orthopedist can treat.

What orthopedists do

A doctor who specializes in orthopedics studies, diagnoses, and treats injuries that impact your musculoskeletal system. Consisting of bones, joints, and soft tissues like cartilage, ligaments, and tendons, this complex system allows you to lead an active life. Whether you’re playing an intense sport or simply walking around your house, your body relies on your musculoskeletal system.

Procedures your orthopedist may perform include:

10 problems that an orthopedist helps resolve

Our specialists at Northland Orthopedic & Sports Medicine diagnose and treat the full spectrum of musculoskeletal conditions. This includes acute injuries, from a spill or accident, and “wear and tear” injuries, which develop over time.

Ten common problems orthopedists treat include:

  1. Arthritis pain and inflammation 
  2. Carpal tunnel syndrome
  3. Chronic knee pain
  4. Chronic hip pain
  5. Hand and wrist pain
  6. Foot and heel pain
  7. Fractures and dislocations
  8. Shoulder pain and instability
  9. Rotator cuff tears
  10. Plantar fasciitis

Effectiveness of your orthopedic treatment

Orthopedic medicine can be highly effective in treating musculoskeletal conditions. In most cases, your provider will start with conservative, or the least invasive, options. In fact, nonsurgical orthopedic care effectively treats up to 70% of sports injuries alone. And studies have shown that PRP therapy — which relies on healing properties of your own blood — can reduce joint pain from conditions like tennis elbow.

Orthopedic surgery can help reduce pain and increase mobility when you're dealing with a more severe issue. These procedures, too, can go far. Roughly 90% of knee replacements, for example, last for at least 10 years.

To learn more about orthopedic issues or to get the diagnosis or treatment you need, call Northland Orthopedic & Sports Medicine or request a virtual appointment through our website today. 

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