Patient Education

ACL Injury (Anterior Cruciate Ligament)

ACL injuries don't alway cause pain, but they are disabling. Your orthopedic surgeon may perform several tests to see whether the knee stays in proper position when pressure is applied in different directions. An MRI or arthroscopy may also be recommended to confirm the presence of a tear. More...

Arthroscopy

Arthroscopy is a procedure to diagnose and treat problems inside a joint. It is performed by orthopedic surgeons, most commonly on the knee joint. If other tests cannot determine the cause of joint pain, arthroscopy may be recommended to visualize any signs of inflammation, tears or other anatomic changes. Arthroscopy may also be recommended to repair any damage. For instance, loose pieces of cartilage may be removed to create a smoother joint surface. More...

Back Pain Treatment

Back pain is a common problem and often resolves in time. Treatment generally depends on whether the pain is short-term or long-lasting. Non-surgical treatment options include hot or cold packs, activity (bed rest should be limited), strengthening exercises as part of a physical therapy program, medications to reduce pain and muscle spasm, nerve block, TENS, and steroid injections. Surgery is usually recommended only if there is evidence of worsening nerve damage and when there is evidence of structural changes that can be repaired. More...

Considering Surgery

Have you been told by your doctor that you need surgery? If so, you're not alone. Millions of Americans have surgery each year. For most surgeries, you will have time to find out about the operation, talk about other treatments with your surgeon, and decide what to do. It is important to know what questions to ask and it may help to take a member of your family or a friend with you. Don't hesitate to ask the surgeon any questions you might have, such as the benefits of the surgical procedure and the possible risks. More...

Neck Pain

Neck pain is pain or discomfort in the neck, usually when moved. Neck pain can result from muscle strain following everyday activities, or from traumatic accidents or underlying abnormalities, such as herniated discs or arthritis. You should see an orthopedic surgeon if neck pain occurs after an injury or blow to the head, neck stiffness prevents you from touching your chin to your chest, pain shoots down one arm, there is tingling/numbness/weakness in your arms or hands, there is leg weakness or loss of coordination in arms or legs, pain does not respond to over-the-counter pain medication, or the neck pain does not improve after a week. More...

Sport Injuries

A "sport injury" is a broad term describing any kind of injury that occurs during sport or exercise. Some sports injuries result from accidents; others are due to poor training practices, improper equipment, lack of conditioning, or insufficient warmup and stretching. Common injuries include muscle sprains and strains, ligament tears, dislocated joints or fractures. They can resolve quickly or be long-lasting (chronic). Treatment depends on the type, location, severity and duration of injury. Talk to an orthopedic surgeon to evaluate a sport injury and develop a treatment plan. More...