Orthopedics is the medical specialty that focuses on injuries and diseases of your body's musculoskeletal system. This complex system includes your bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles, and nerves. In other words, the physiological system that allows you to move, work, and be active. In the past the practicing orthopedist devoted his time to the care of children with spine and limb deformities. These days orthopedist care for patients of all ages, from newborns with clubfeet to young athletes requiring arthroscopic surgery to older people with arthritis.
Orthopedic surgeons typically treat many musculoskeletal conditions without surgery, by using medication, exercise and other rehabilitative or alternative therapies. For most orthopedic diseases and injuries there is more than one form of treatment. If you do not, or are unlikely to respond to traditional forms of conservative treatment, your Tristate orthopedic surgeon may also recommend surgery.
As general orthopedists, it is our role to care for the more common injuries and diseases that plague the musculoskeletal system. Although too numerous to account for here, this includes the diagnosis and treatment of: (1) fractures of the spine, upper and lower extremities, e.g., ankle, hip, wrist fractures; (2) tendonitis’ and tendon tears, e.g., rotator cuff repairs; (3) ligament injuries, e.g., ankle ligament and anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstructions; (4) nerve compression, e.g. carpal tunnel releases and ulnar nerve transpositions, and finally, (5) arthritis, e.g., knee and hip joint replacements.
As the foundation of our profession, all Tristate orthopedists have been extensively trained and certified in general orthopedics. Although many of us have chosen to concentrate or specialize in certain regions of the body (like shoulder, knee, elbow, spine), or disciplines (like sports medicine or total joint replacement), at our core we are all “general orthopedist”. As such, we feel this provides us a unique perspective in treating your musculoskeletal condition and more importantly, you as a whole, ultimately improving or restoring your or your family members quality of life.