Orthopaedics Overview

header-orthopaedics2Middle Georgia Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine provides comprehensive surgical care of the musculoskeletal system including: Arthroscopic Surgery, Foot and Ankle Surgery, Hand and Wrist Surgery, Hip and Knee Surgery, Total Joint Replacement, Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, and Spinal Surgery.

Although our orthopaedists may perform surgery to restore function lost as a result of injury or disease of bones, joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, or skin, they are involved in all aspects of health care pertaining to the musculoskeletal system. They employ medical, physical and rehabilitative methods as well as surgical methods.

Orthopaedics is a specialty of immense breadth and variety. Our orthopaedists treat a wide variety of diseases and conditions, including such common injuries as fractures, torn ligaments, dislocations, sprains, tendon injuries, pulled muscles, and ruptured discs. We also treat conditions such as low back pain, sciatica, scoliosis, knock knees or bow legs, bunions and hammer toes.

Great advances have occurred in the surgical management of degenerative joint disease with the total replacement of diseased joints with prosthetic devices. Similarly, arthroscopy, the use of visualizing instruments to assist in the diagnosis and surgical treatment of internal joint diseases, has opened new horizons of therapy.

The Greek roots of orthopaedics are "ortho" (straight) and "pais" (child), and much of the early work in orthopaedics involved treating children who had spine or limb deformities. Orthopaedists continue to treat children with bone tumors and neuromuscular problems such as muscular dystrophy and cerebral palsy, as well as to correct birth abnormalities such as club foot, hip dislocation and abnormalities of fingers and toes and growth abnormalities such as unequal leg length.

Orthopaedists also treat diseases prevalent in the elderly, such as osteoporosis, as well as arthritis and bursitis.

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