Orthopedic surgeons treat a wide variety of conditions that affect them musculoskeletal system. The work with using both surgical and nonsurgical methods to treat anything from a degenerative disease to broken bones. There’s a wide variety for why you might find yourself being seen by an orthopedic surgeon, though here are some of the most common circumstances under which you might see one:
Carpal tunnel release surgery:
With more and more financially secure careers developing in industries that require spending many hours of the day typing on keyboards and using computer mice, it makes absolute sense that more people are suffering from carpal tunnel than ever before. While our species ability to create multitudes of awesome and advanced technology is pretty cool, our bodies have just not yet evolved to keep up with everything we attempt to put them through. Repetitive motions like typing, opening boxes, squeezing pliers, and even crocheting — often results in extensive wear and tear on your carpal tunnel tendons, even after just a few years under your belt.
The department of labor and industries, as well as disability; report that one of the most common causes of unemployment or increased absence from work is carpal tunnel pain. One of the few ways with any potential for actually correcting and relieving the pain of carpal tunnel syndrome is carpal tunnel release surgery. This is where your orthopedic surgeon will make a small incision at the base of your palm, then go in and cut the transverse carpool ligament, which is then believe to release the pressure on your median nerve: the primary point of pain for most sufferers of carpal tunnel syndrome.
Rotator Cuff Tendon Repair
This is an area of muscle that is found in the shoulder region of your body and is a lot easier to injure than one might think. Just a quick pull on your arm or push on your shoulder in just the wrong way can cause your rotator cuff tendon to tear. Even the smallest of tears can cause significant amounts of pain, and the larger the tear the deeper a surgeon will go to repair it.
Depending on how traumatic your injury is, your orthopedic doctor could go in and perform something as simple as a Debridement (smoothing or trimming), or something as complex as fully reattaching the tendon back to the humerus (usually) with stitches.
Hip replacement Surgery:
With this type of orthopedic surgery, you might immediately picture and your mind someone who’s old and frail being the benefactor of the hip replacement surgery. Though hip replacement surgeries that are actually a lot more common among younger age groups than you might imagine. Either way, hip replacement is an especially common orthopedic surgery.
The bones and muscles in the hip joint area are particularly susceptible to injury and dysfunction as we age, as they are responsible for carrying the majority of our weight–regardless of whether were standing, sitting, walking or even sleeping. If your hip joints could talk, I’m sure that they would tell you it feels like carrying the weight of the world. And because they are responsible for carrying so much weight, in addition to working together with a series of other muscles and joints that we need for movement and even digestion, when any area of the hip musculoskeletal functions begin to degrade, or if the hip should break–surgery can become imminent. Most doctors will attempt to exhaust all other nonsurgical resources and procedures, though statistics show that hip replacement is often necessary.
More often than not, the replacement surgery usually involves an orthopedic surgeon completely severing and removing old painful hip joints and replacing them with fancy new artificial ones–usually manufactured from toppled the line metals or plastics.
Gregory Finich is an Orthopedic Surgeon from Western Australia, who specializing in working with patients suffering from spinal injuries and complications. After working for over two years as a leader in spinal surgery in multiple countries and cultures, Greg became specifically interesting in pursing the least invasive surgical methods for spinal repairs and corrections.
As a member of the Australian Orthopaedic Association, the Spine Society of Australia, and the American Spine Society–Gregory has full access to a pleathora of historical and modern innovation, which he uses to his patients benefit.