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What is Orthopedic Care?

When our muscles, bones, or joints are injured, the pain and loss of function that results can be debilitating. Even though these injuries limit us, and can keep us from doing the things that we love, many of us make the mistake of “waiting them out,” or avoiding medical care until the issue becomes chronic.

Orthopedics is a field of medicine that addresses injuries and chronic conditions affecting the bones, muscles, and joints, which are collectively referred to as the musculoskeletal system. As orthopedic surgeons, our goal is to restore patients to their highest level of function, and to get them back to living their lives – without limitations.

Who Benefits from Orthopedic Care?

The short answer is: everyone. Whether you’re a weekend warrior or a young athlete, anyone can experience a muscle injury or suffer a bodily trauma. We care for patients of all ages, and of varying athletic engagement. Whether it’s for rehabilitation or recovery, orthopedic surgeons help patients optimize their musculoskeletal health by improving function and mobility.

Common Orthopedic Conditions

Orthopedic injuries are common, and will affect almost everyone at some point in their lives. The injuries can be minor, like muscle sprains or small tears. More acute conditions may include dislocations or bone fractures, which commonly affect the joints in the hands, wrists, ankles, and other vulnerable areas of the body. Orthopedic medicine can also be used to treat a variety of chronic conditions like arthritis and back pain, and can also be helpful for managing the pain symptoms that linger after traumatic injury.

Treatment Options

Because the musculoskeletal system spans the entirety of the body, the scope of orthopedic care is equally vast. Our orthopedic care team is made up of highly trained surgeons, specialists, nurses, occupational therapists, and home care providers. Whenever possible, the orthopedic care teams at South Shore Health will utilize conservative and non-surgical treatment approaches, which often include a combination of medications, occupational therapy, and physical therapy.

When surgical intervention is necessary, South Shore Health’s Center for Orthopedics, Spine, and Sports Medicine offers patients innovative treatment options and highly-individualized care and rehabilitation plans. Our expert surgeons and physicians utilize advanced diagnostic technologies and are versed in a wide variety of spine, hip, knee, hand, wrist, and elbow procedures. Surgical care teams work closely with each patient to optimize their treatment, rehabilitation, and long-term recovery.

Visit the South Shore Health website to find a physician or to learn more about orthopedic care.

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