Orthopedic Options

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Addison and the North Dallas Corridor offer a variety of treatments for orthopedic pains

Knee, hip, spine and back aches, torn ligaments, joint pains, pulled muscles – these are all orthopedic problems, or issues within the musculoskeletal system. And despite common misconception, orthopedic issues aren’t just something for your grandfather to worry about.

Orthopedic issues can affect people of all ages, races, sizes and shapes. From the fittest of athletes to the youngest child, orthopedic problems are something we all have to worry about.

Dr. Mitchell Fagelman, a surgeon at local orthopedic health care provider OrthoTexas, says he typically sees three groups of patients suffer from orthopedic pains: athletes with sports-related injuries, young children with injuries, and older patients suffering from general wear and tear or arthritis.

These problems can be caused by genetics, aging or physical trauma, and can have serious, life-altering effects. Orthopedic problems are not something to be taken lightly and treatment should be sought immediately. Luckily, Addison and the North Dallas Corridor offer a number of treatment options for a wide variety of orthopedic issues.

General Orthopedic Care

For minor orthopedic injuries or pains, or for a diagnosis visiting a general orthopedic clinic is advised. There, an orthopedist can perform X-rays and MRI scans, create casts for broken bones, and diagnose underlying orthopedic issues. They can also help refer you on for further care, determining whether your case requires surgery, therapy, pain management or more.

OrthoTexas, located in Carrollton, is a one-stop shop, Dr. Fagelman says. They provide general orthopedic care, as well as physical therapy and surgical services. “Because of this, patients feel comfortable. They don’t have to go to different locations. We can meet all their needs right here,” Dr. Fagelman says.

OrthoTexas also offers a specialist for each body part, allowing patients to have a true expert in the field of their injury or pain.

Chiropractic

Chiropractic work offers a non-invasive form of treatment for many orthopedic problems. According to Dr. Jason Jodoin, chiropractor at Advanced Spine and Sport Medicine, chiropractic work is highly effective in treating some orthopedic issues, including common sports injuries, like sprained ankles, strained muscles, tendonitis of the elbow, and bursitis of the shoulder; joint pain and injuries in the feet, knees and hips; and pain caused by arthritis.

Chiropractic work typically involves manipulation of the spine, joints and soft tissues (the musculoskeletal system) to provide pain relief. At Advanced Spine, Dr. Jodoin says, other services are used in concert with chiropractic manipulation to deliver the best possible results. Other tools used include electrical muscle stimulation, stretching, massage, therapeutic exercise and even acupuncture.

“We utilize comprehensive methods of evaluation to determine a diagnosis,” Dr. Jodoin says, “and we make it a point to exhaust all non-invasive procedures to return our patients to good health.”

According to Dr. Jodoin, many patients see added benefits of chiropractic treatment as well, such as relief from chronic headaches, sinus problems, high blood pressure, ear infections, arthritis and more.

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy is another non-invasive form of orthopedic treatment, commonly used to help relieve aches and pains or to help a patient recover after an injury or surgery, Dr. Fagelman says.

A type of rehabilitation, physical therapy slowly helps condition the damaged muscle, joint, ligament or bone to perform as it did before the injury or surgery.

“For people with nagging pains, aches, or weekend warrior types who suffer from overuse or who have been lifting too much, therapy can help them get over the pain,” he says.

Both OrthoTexas and Advanced Spine offer physical therapy with their other services, as it works well in concert with other orthopedic treatments. OrthoTexas even offers a pool for aquatic therapy, a unique kind of rehabilitation that allows patients to avoid bearing weight on painful joints, alleviating pain and improving mobility.

Orthopedic Surgery

From full joint or bone replacement to ligament or muscle repair, surgery can be used to solve a plethora of orthopedic injuries and pains. Surgery is recommended on a case-by-case basis, though, Dr. Fagelman says, and its necessity is determined by the severity of the injury or pain.

William Tucker, orthopedic surgeon at Methodist Hospital for Surgery in Addison, says the orthopedic problems that are best treated with surgery are ones that haven’t responded to other forms of treatment. Often this may include arthritis of the hip or knee, damaged ligaments in the knees and shoulders, or severe nerve compression in the spine, Dr. Tucker says.

“Our most common orthopedic procedures are hip and knee replacement, knee and shoulder arthroscopy and spinal fusions and nerve decompressions,” Dr. Tucker says.

Athroscopy, a minimally invasive type of surgery, involves inserting a thin surgical tool called an arthroscope into a small incision on the patient’s body. These surgeries tend to limit scarring, allow for speedier healing time, and are less serious surgeries to undergo. Common arthroscopies include those of the knee, often to repair a torn meniscus, and the shoulder, often used to correct rotator cuff injuries. Dr. Fagelman says these are two of the most common orthopedic issues he sees.

“Other common orthopedic problems seen at OrthoTexas,” Dr. Fagelman says, “include arthritis of the hip, knee, shoulder and ankle; tears in the shoulder; bone fractures and breaks; knee injuries; foot and hand injuries; and spine injuries.”

Whether you’re young or old, healthy or not, orthopedic issues can arise at any time. Fortunately, the Addison/North Dallas Corridor area offers a variety of comprehensive treatment options.

-By Aly J. Yale

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