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

Ankle

The most common ankle problems are sprains and fractures. A sprain is an injury to the ligaments. It may take a few weeks to many months to heal completely. A fracture is a break in a bone. You can also injure other parts of the ankle such as tendons, which join muscles to bone, and cartilage, which cushions your joints. Ankle sprains and fractures are common sports injuries.

Hip

Playing sports, running, overuse or falling can all sometimes lead to hip injuries. These include:

  • Strains
  • Bursitis
  • Dislocations
  • Fractures

Certain diseases also lead to hip injuries or problems. Osteoarthritis can cause pain and limited motion. Osteoporosis of the hip causes weak bones that break easily. Both of these are common in older people.

Treatment for hip disorders may include rest, medicines, physical therapy or surgery, including hip replacement.


Knee

The most common disease affecting the knee is osteoarthritis. The cartilage in the knee gradually wears away, causing pain and swelling.

Injuries to ligaments and tendons also cause knee problems. A common injury is to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). You usually injure your ACL by a sudden twisting motion. ACL and other knee injuries are common sports injuries.

Treatment of knee problems depends on the cause. In some cases, your doctor may recommend knee replacement.

NIH: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases


Shoulder

Because the shoulder can be unstable, it is the site of many common problems. They include sprains, strains, dislocations, separations, tendinitis, bursitis, torn rotator cuffs, frozen shoulder, fractures and arthritis.

Usually shoulder problems are treated with RICE. This stands for Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. Other treatments include exercise, medicines to reduce pain and swelling and surgery if other treatments don't work.

NIH: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases


Diagnosis of your muscle, bone, joint, ligament or tendon issue

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.

Our treatments for musculoskeletal conditions

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 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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