From injury prevention to advanced surgical procedures, board-certified orthopedic surgeons on the medical staff at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Kaufman provide a wide array of treatment options for musculoskeletal disorders and injuries of hips, knees, ankles, shoulders and spine. Many orthopedic procedures, such as hip and knee replacement, are now performed using minimally-invasive techniques, which may result in shorter hospital stays and reduced recovery time.
Care for injuries to the following areas may be received at Texas Health Kaufman:
Neck and Back
Neck (cervical) and back (lumbar) pain are problems for many people. Both are commonly caused by degeneration of the discs that separate the vertebrae of the spine. This damage may be the result of a disease, such as arthritis, but may also be caused by an injury (e.g. a herniated disk).
Treatment options include:
- Medications: Medication therapy is used to reduce inflammation and control pain.
- Rehabilitation and Support Mechanisms: Physical therapy is used to strengthen muscle groups. Patients are educated on proper body techniques to protect injured areas and how to use support mechanisms.
As anyone who follows sports knows, knee injuries are quite common. Everyone is susceptible, especially as age and the wear and tear of daily living takes a toll. Diseases, such as arthritis, also play a destructive role. Advanced treatments offered by orthopedic specialists on the medical staff at Texas Kaufman are helping solve many of these problems.
Treatment options include:
- Arthroscopic Knee Surgeries: Techniques that utilize tiny instruments and cameras introduced through small incisions to diagnose and treat various problems inside the knee; faster recoveries and fewer complications are the typical benefits.
- Knee Replacement Surgery: A therapeutic approach that replaces part or all of a worn out knee joint with an artificial joint made of high-tech metal alloys and plastics; knee pain and disability typically occur when cartilage that cushions the knee joint deteriorates, resulting in bone-on-bone contact; knee implants can relieve pain and restore function.
As a major weight-bearing joint of the body, the hip is subjected to considerable stress. If an injury or a disease should damage it, everyday activities can become very painful. Medication and rehabilitation therapy can often bring relief, but sometimes they are not enough. Surgical treatments provided by orthopedists on the medical staff at Texas Health Kaufman may restore strength and mobility for many patients and allow them to live free of pain. Treatment options include:
- Partial Hip Replacement Surgery: A surgical procedure the hip in which only one part of the joint is damaged or diseased; usually, the socket is left intact and the ball part of the joint (femoral head) is replaced.
- Total Hip Replacement Surgery: A surgical procedure that replaces a damaged or diseased hip joint with a prosthetic device; this implant replicates the ball-and-socket design of a natural hip and is designed to allow a normal range of movement; an artificial hip can last for years.
Foot and Ankle
Fractures, sprains, tendon tears, bunions, hammertoes, plantar warts, joint pain: These are some of the common disorders of the lower extremities that concern orthopedic physicians on the medical staff at Texas Health Kaufman. Treatment options include:
- Trauma: Repairing fractures and torn tendons.
- Tendon Repair: Many procedures that reattach, reconstruct or replace ankle tendons are done arthroscopically to minimize incisions and speed recovery.
Like the hip, the shoulder is a ball-and-socket joint that allows the arm a full range of movement. Surrounding the shoulder joint are muscles and tendons that form the rotator cuff, which raises, lowers, and turns the arm and moves it forward and backward. When any of these components becomes damaged, pain and loss of mobility can result. Orthopedists on the medical staff at Texas Kaufman can often alleviate these problems with various treatments, including:
- Rotator Cuff Repair: Surgery that deals with tears in the muscles or tendons of the rotator cuff.
- Shoulder Joint Replacement: A surgical procedure that replaces a shoulder joint with a prosthetic implant of metal and plastic.
The elbow is the hinged joint that connects the bone in the upper arm (humerus) to the two smaller bones of the forearm (radius and ulna). Muscles and ligaments attached to these bones help the arm flex, extend and turn. But when disease or injury affects any of these structures, the result of even slight movement can be searing pain. Advances in orthopedic medicine include these treatments:
- Elbow Joint Repair: Surgery that repairs the joint.
- Care for "Tennis Elbow": Treatment of lateral epicondylitis, a painful condition caused by inflammation or degeneration of the tendon attached to the lateral epicondyle (bony prominence) on the outside of the elbow. Often caused by repetitive motions typical of tennis players and golfers, it can be treated with rest, medication, rehabilitative exercise, massage and/or various braces.
Hand and Wrist
At almost every moment of the day, your hands are busy serving you. So when anything interferes with their function, the resulting incapacity is acute.
Physicians on the medical staff at Texas Health Kaufman can address a variety of disorders, including:
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Pain caused by pressure on a nerve as it enters the hand through a tunnel in the wrist. Often caused by repetitive motion, this problem can be addressed with non-surgical methods, such as medication, splinting, and rest; unresponsive cases can also be treated surgically.
- Tendonitis of the wrist: Pain associated with the tendon that passes to the wrist from the thumb, usually caused by overuse or inflammatory disease. Relief is sometimes provided by medication, stretching exercises, and/or splinting and rest. Surgical treatments can also be applied.
- Trigger Finger: Caused by an irritation of the sheath through which a finger's flexor tendon passes. When the sheath swells, it restricts movement of this tendon so that it catches painfully, then releases like a trigger. May be treated successfully with anti-inflammatory medication but can require surgery in more severe cases.
- Arthritis: A degenerative disease that can cause stiffness, pain and deformity in the hands. Often treated successfully with medication, especially in the early stages. Severe cases may need surgery to correct deformations, restore function and ease pain.