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Orthopedic Injury in Columbus & New Albany, Ohio

An orthopedic injury affects the musculoskeletal system, including the muscles, bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, cartilage, and other related tissues and vessels. Among the most common causes are falls, sports injuries, automobile accidents, and overuse injuries. You may have an acute or chronic injury, and it’s possible to have mild or severe pain.

If you are experiencing chronic pain and want to speak to an orthopedic specialist, schedule an appointment with JIS Orthopedics today. Our sports specialists are eager to help you with your orthopedic pain. We are located in New Albany and St. Clairsville, Ohio.

What Are Some Common Orthopedic Injuries?

There are many orthopedic injuries that can affect the musculoskeletal system. Below are some of the most common orthopedic injuries.

  • Rotator cuff tear: The rotator cuff is made up of muscles and tendons that help maintain the head of the arm bone in the socket of the shoulder blade. Tendon tears often occur through wear and tear with repetitive overhead movements. Rotator cuff tears can also occur through injury. Tears to the rotator cuff tendons can cause dull pain and weakness in the arm.
  • Tennis elbow: This condition affects the tendons in your elbow. Tennis elbow is usually caused by repetitive movements that overload the tendons. The condition may also develop because of your profession.
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome: The carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway made up of ligaments and bones on the palm side of your hand. The median nerve passes through the carpal tunnel. Any pressure on the median nerve through the carpal tunnel can cause numbness or weakness in your hand or fingers.
  • Wrist fracture: Your wrist may fracture when you try to cushion your fall with an outstretched hand.
  • Shoulder dislocation: A dislocated shoulder occurs when the upper arm bone pops out of the socket in the shoulder blade. It usually takes a strong force to dislocate the shoulder. Your shoulder may dislocate forwards, backwards, or downwards.
  • Ankle sprains: If you twist or roll over on your ankle, this can cause an ankle sprain. The ligaments that stabilize your ankle can be stretched or torn. Ankle sprains are painful, cause swelling, and may limit your range of motion.
  • Meniscus tear: A meniscus tear is one of the most common knee injuries. It happens when your knee forcefully twists or rotates, particularly if your weight is on the affected knee. A meniscus tear will cause pain and swelling and limit your range of motion.
  • Stress fractures: Stress fractures are tiny cracks in the bone that develop with repetitive force, such as in long-distance running or repetitive jumping. The pain from a stress fracture may not be felt at first, but can worsen with time.
  • Plantar fasciitis: The condition affects the thick band of tissue that connects your toes to your heel. Tension and stress on your foot can cause tears. Over time, these can increase and cause swelling and inflammation.
  • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury: The ACL is one of the strong bands of connective tissues that stabilize the knee. An ACL tear commonly happens during sports that involve jumping, sudden stops, or changes in direction — such as basketball, football, soccer, volleyball, tennis, gymnastics, and downhill skiing.

How to Treat Orthopedic Pain

An orthopedic surgeon is qualified to diagnose and treat your orthopedic pain. With an accurate diagnosis, they can tailor the best treatment plan for you. There are many treatment options to help manage chronic pain. Some of the treatment options for orthopedic pain are listed below.

  • RICE method: Usually, the first treatment applied to an injury is the RICE method. RICE stands for Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. These components can be applied to the affected area to relieve pain and swelling. The RICE method may be continued for a few days until the body starts to heal. This may be the only treatment used if the injury is minor.
  • NSAIDs: These medications can help reduce pain and inflammation from orthopedic injuries. They can be bought over the counter without a prescription.
  • Physical therapy: You may need to see a physical therapist to rehabilitate injured muscles and tendons. Physical therapy can help you regain lost strength and flexibility in areas damaged through injury.
  • Orthopedic surgery: Orthopedic surgery includes open surgery and minimally invasive techniques. The type of surgery will depend on the extent of the injury and what is required to fix the problem.
  • Pain management program: Interventional pain management doctors or physical medicine and rehabilitation doctors can help manage pain. They can provide chronic pain relief by administering pain medication, nerve blocks, and other pain management techniques. A pain management program is usually used when there is no known cause of the pain.

Who to See for Orthopedic Pain

If you are experiencing pain and want to speak to an orthopedic specialist, schedule an appointment with JIS Orthopedics today. Our sports orthopedic specialists are eager to help you with your orthopedic pain. JIS Orthopedics has locations in New Albany and St. Clairsville, Ohio.

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