Delivering the Treatment Options You Need
The treatment options recommended by your ProMedica Othopaedic Institute healthcare team will vary by your condition and diagnosis. They could include a combination of medicine, rehabilitation and surgery. Keep in mind that orthopaedic surgeons treat many musculoskeletal conditions without surgery, whether through medicine, exercise and rehabilitative or alternative therapies. For most orthopaedic diseases and injuries, there is more than one form of treatment. If necessary, a physician may recommend surgery if you do not respond to other treatments.
Which treatment option is recommended begins with a visit to a health care facility. Your visit usually begins with a personal interview and physical examination, and may be followed by blood tests, X-rays or other diagnostic tests. Your physician or another health care professional will discuss your diagnosis and available treatment options and help you select the best plan.
One form of treatment for your orthopaedic diagnosis may require the use of prescribed and over-the-counter medicines. These medicines may address the symptoms or seek to alter the underlying cause, or both. The prescriptions can be filled at ProMedica’s Pharmacy Counter. Often, the drug treatment recommended by your ProMedica Physician is conducted in tandem with other forms of treatment.
Another form of treatment may be therapy. This could include only a few visits to a ProMedica rehabilitation facility, with the patient carrying out an ongoing exercise routine on his or her own at home. In some cases, the rehabilitation therapy will be specific, such as a particular set of exercises conducted in a pre-determined number of visits. The physical therapists, such as those at Sport Care and Total Rehab, will oversee the rehabilitation and provide instruction on the proper techniques for at-home exercise. As with drug treatments, rehabilitation treatments are often carried out in conjunction with other forms of treatment.
Another form of orthopaedic treatment is surgery, with the most common ones being:
- Arthroscopy: a procedure in which a small camera is inserted into the joint to view and diagnose problems
- Fusion: a procedure in which bones are bound by grafts and other devices to create a single bone to relieve pain which cannot be alleviated through other means.
- Internal fixation: the practice of holding bones in place (often with pins, plates or screws) while the bones heals.
- Joint replacement : a procedure in which a compromised joint is removed and replaced with an artificial prosthesis.
- Osteotomy: the correction of bone deformity by cutting and repositioning the bone.
- Soft tissue repair: the practice of healing soft tissues such as tendons and ligaments
Other treatment resources from ProMedica Health Library include: