From common to complex disorders of the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder, if you’re experiencing debilitating pain or limited function, we can help.

If you’re experiencing joint, muscle, bone, tendon or nerve pain, sprains, strains and repetitive motion stress, injury, trauma or infection, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center’s general orthopedic physicians can diagnosis the cause of your pain, help treat it or refer you to a subspecialist, if necessary.

Our goal is to speed your recovery and help you get back to being you.


Conditions We Treat


Fracture (Broken Bone)

A fracture is a break, usually in a bone. If the broken bone punctures the skin, it is called an open or compound fracture. Fractures commonly happen because of car accidents, falls or sports injuries. Other causes are low bone density and osteoporosis, which cause weakening of the bones. Overuse can cause stress fractures, which are very small cracks in the bone.

Symptoms of a fracture are:

  • Out-of-place or misshapen limb or joint
  • Swelling, bruising or bleeding
  • Intense pain
  • Numbness and tingling
  • Limited mobility or inability to move a limb

You need to get medical care right away for any fracture. You may need to wear a cast or splint. Sometimes you need surgery to put in plates, pins or screws to keep the bone in place.


Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis makes your bones weak and more likely to break. Anyone can develop osteoporosis, but it is common in older women. As many as half of all women and one-quarter of men older than 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis.

Risk factors include:

  • Getting older
  • Being small and thin
  • Having a family history of osteoporosis
  • Taking certain medicines
  • Being a white or Asian woman
  • Having osteopenia, which is low bone density

A bone mineral density test is the best way to check your bone health. To keep bones strong, eat a diet rich in calcium and vitamin D, exercise and do not smoke. If needed, medicines can also help.

NIH: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases


Bone Density

Strong bones are important for your health. A bone mineral density test is the best way to measure your bone health. It can show:

Whether you have osteoporosis, a disease that makes your bones weak
  • Your risk for breaking bones
  • Your response to osteoporosis treatment
  • Low bone mass that is not low enough to be osteoporosis is sometimes called osteopenia. Causes of low bone mass include family history, not developing good bone mass when you are young and certain conditions or medicines. Not everyone who has low bone mass gets osteoporosis. But everyone with low bone mass is at higher risk for getting it.

    If you have low bone mass, there are things you can do to help slow down bone loss. These include eating foods rich in calcium and vitamin D and doing weight-bearing exercise such as walking, bowling or dancing. In some cases, your doctor may prescribe medicines to prevent osteoporosis.

    NIH: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases


    Diagnosis

    Our expert General Orthopaedic medical team wants to help ease and resolve your pain. First we need to evaluate your condition, starting with an appointment with one of our orthopedic physicians. We accept most insurance plans and do not require a referral (except for Orthopaedic Oncology).

    During your initial visit, you and your doctor will talk about your pain, medical history and any treatments you have already had for your condition. Your doctor may order additional diagnostics or imaging studies, such as plain film X-rays or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

    An X-ray helps your doctor see inside your internal structure to reveal possible damage to bones or dense tissue. An MRI gives your physician detailed, high-resolution images of your bones, joints and surrounding soft tissues, such as tendons, ligaments and muscles. An MRI can show structural damage, deterioration or abnormalities. These imaging studies help your doctor assess your condition and develop a personalized treatment plan.

    Orthopedic Treatments

    In our General Orthopaedics practice, we care for people with a wide array of musculoskeletal problems, including arthritis. The majority of our patients come to us for help with chronic pain in the knee or hip, or as a result of experiencing some type of fracture. For patients requiring additional expertise, we’ll refer you to one of our other surgeons for specialized treatment.

    Because treatment is determined on the basis of your physical exam, X-rays, past medical history and any additional testing such as MRI (precertification by insurance is required), your physician will talk to you about treatment options, and a physician assistant will tend to your follow-up care.

    For comprehensive office and surgical treatment for orthopedic problems, your treatment may include:

    • Arthroscopic debridement to remove damaged cartilage or bone and reduce pain

    • Hip arthroplasty, which is surgical replacement of the hip joint, to decrease pain and increase mobility

    • Injected steroids to manage acute pain and inflammation

    • Injected visco-supplementation agents to relieve pain and restore function

    • Knee arthroplasty, surgical replacement of the knee joint to decrease pain and increase mobility

    • MAKOplasty, an innovative, robotic partial knee replacement surgery that targets the diseased area and preserves bone, soft tissue and ligaments for more natural knee function post-surgery

    • Oral medication to treat pain or reduce inflammation

    • Unloader bracing, which is mechanical intervention, to reduce pain and improve function

    • Clinical trials to provide access to new treatments and post-operative recovery protocols

    Why Choose Ohio State?

    Why choose Ohio State for orthopedic care?

    Why choose Ohio State for orthopedic care?

    Comprehensive Care: The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center’s General Orthopaedics program offers expert clinical diagnostic and treatment options in a personalized care setting to help you return to pain-free living.

    Multidisciplinary Approach: Together, our orthopedic surgeons, physical therapists, radiologists and non-operative orthopedists are uniquely able to provide a complete team approach for evaluation and treatment of orthopedic injuries.

    Diagnostic Expertise: U.S.News & World Report ranks us among its best, naming our Orthopaedic program a high-performing specialty.

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