How Long Is Recovery From Elbow Surgery?

You may have one of the common problems that cause pain, weakness, or stiffness of the elbow.  These problems include tendinitis (tendon inflammation), tendon rupture or breakage of the triceps or biceps, arthritis, fractures (broken bones), or nerve problems, which may require elbow surgery.

After discussing these elbow problems with your orthopedic specialist at The Bone & Joint Surgery Clinic, you and your doctor may decide to move forward with surgery.  The most common question when thinking about surgery is how long the recovery takes.

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The Top 10 Ways an Orthopedic Hand Doctor Can Help You

Picking up a coffee mug, typing on your computer, opening the door–chances are, you take for granted the thousands of tasks your hands perform until you need an orthopedic hand doctor. From arthritis to carpal tunnel syndrome to wrist and finger injuries, our orthopedic doctors in Raleigh can provide the care you need to get your hands back to their optimal level of function. 

We’ll take a look at the role of orthopedic hand doctors and the top 10 ways our hand specialists in Raleigh can help you.

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When Would You See an Orthopedic Sports Medicine Doctor?

Do you need orthopedic sports medicine because your last basketball injury caused you to end up on the bench? Maybe that perfect pickleball shot got you the point but did so at the expense of your shoulder.

These are situations where the orthopedic and sports medicine specialties can help you get back to the activities you love. We’ll take a closer look at these medical disciplines, discuss the distinctions between sports medicine physicians and orthopedic surgeons, and finally, when you should consider consulting an orthopedic sports medicine doctor.

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The 5 Benefits of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy

Perhaps you went up for the perfect layup shot but twisted your ankle when you landed. Maybe years of pounding the pavement preparing for the next 5k or marathon has finally taken a toll on your knees and it’s time for a knee replacement. In these situations, orthopedic and sports physical therapy can help you get back in the game as soon as safely possible.

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Why Would You Need an Orthopedic MRI? 7 Common Reasons

When it comes to diagnosing orthopedic conditions and injuries, medical imaging—such as an orthopedic MRI—plays a crucial role in providing accurate assessments. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) has become an invaluable tool for orthopedic specialists.

In this blog, we’ll explore seven common reasons why you might need an orthopedic MRI and shed light on its applications in orthopedics.

7 Common Reasons You Would Need an Orthopedic MRI, and What Can an MRI Be Used to Diagnose?

1. Evaluating joint disorders

An MRI can help identify joint abnormalities, such as osteoarthritis,  rheumatoid arthritis, and cartilage injuries.

2. Assessing sports injuries

An MRI is frequently employed to diagnose conditions that result from sports injuries. Some of these conditions include:

  • Ligament tears (such as ACL or MCL tears)
  • Muscle strains
  • Tendonitis
  • Stress fractures.

3. Detecting spinal conditions

An orthopedic MRI can reveal a variety of spinal conditions and help evaluate whether or not minimally invasive surgery would be the correct course of treatment.

Some of these conditions include:

  • Spinal cord compression
  • Herniated discs
  • Spinal tumors
  • Compression fractures
  • Spinal deformities

At the Raleigh Bone and Joint Surgery Clinic, we’re experts at minimally invasive spinal surgery which is highly effective at treating the conditions listed above.

4. Diagnosing bone infections

Another application of an orthopedic MRI is that it can detect bone infections, including osteomyelitis, helping guide appropriate treatment.

5. Identifying tumors and masses

An MRI aids in the visualization and characterization of bone tumors, soft tissue masses, and cysts.

6. Assessing nerve-related issues

An MRI can provide detailed images of nerves, assisting in the diagnosis of conditions like pinched nerves and nerve compression syndromes.

7. Pre-surgical planning

Before surgeries, an orthopedic MRI can help surgeons assess the extent of injury or damage, aiding in surgical planning and decision-making.

At The Raleigh Bone and Joint Surgery Clinic, we take a conservative approach to medicine. This means that we will not suggest surgery until all other non-surgical options have been tried.

What Is an MRI Used for in Orthopedics?

As we mentioned earlier, there are several instances in which you would need an MRI. However, we’d like to quickly review how the MRI works and why it’s such a valuable tool.

It offers exceptional clarity, allowing us to visualize bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, and soft tissues with remarkable precision.

Should I Get an MRI Before Seeing an Orthopedic Surgeon?

Whether or not you should get an orthopedic MRI before seeing an orthopedic surgeon depends on your specific situation. In many cases, your primary care physician or general practitioner will initially evaluate your symptoms and conduct a physical examination. They may refer you to one of our orthopedic doctors in Raleigh.

The decision to proceed with an MRI typically rests with the orthopedic surgeon, who will assess the necessity based on your symptoms, physical examination, and medical history.

If you need an MRI, we’re proud to have Wake County’s first and only Open Bore MAGNETOM Verio 3T MRI.  What this means for you is greater comfort and a quicker exam, which is a great relief for our clients who may be claustrophobic or uncomfortable in enclosed spaces.

When Is an MRI Not Recommended?

While an MRI is a highly effective diagnostic tool, there are certain situations where it might not be recommended. For example:

  • Pregnancy: Due to the strong magnetic fields involved, MRI is generally avoided during pregnancy, especially during the first trimester.
  • Pacemakers or certain implants: Some medical devices may be affected by the magnetic fields of an MRI machine, so individuals with pacemakers or certain implants may need alternative imaging methods.
  • Severe Claustrophobia: MRI machines require the patient to lie still within a confined space. If you suffer from severe claustrophobia, you may find the experience challenging. Open MRI machines—such as the one at The Raleigh Bone and Joint Surgery Clinic –or sedation options can be considered in such cases.

Orthopedic MRIs Are Just One of The Many Services Offered at the Raleigh Bone and Joint Surgery Clinic

If you’re experiencing orthopedic pain or have concerns about a potential musculoskeletal condition, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with one of our board-certified orthopedic specialists in Raleigh. We’ll determine if you need an MRI and use the information to tailor a treatment plan for you.

For nearly 50 years, we’ve offered patients the highest quality care through our fellowship-trained, leading orthopedists in Raleigh. Our affiliation with five local hospitals means you have a greater choice about where to get care.  In addition, we have convenient, in-house physical therapy to help you on your recovery journey.

To schedule an appointment, please contact us. We’d love the opportunity to be your medical provider.

Tips on How to Have Successful Orthopedic Physical Therapy 

Orthopedic physical therapy (PT) is a specialized branch of physical therapy that focuses on the diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal conditions and injuries. It aims to improve your mobility, function, and overall quality of life by utilizing targeted exercises, manual therapy techniques, and patient education. 

We’ll explore the key aspects of orthopedic physical therapy and provide valuable tips for a successful rehabilitation journey.

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A Step-by-Step Preparation Guide for Your Orthopedic MRI

If one of our orthopedic surgeons in Raleigh has told you that you need an MRI, the good news is that preparation is straightforward. 

An orthopedic MRI is instrumental in allowing us to carefully examine all the details of joints, bones, cartilage, and tendons.  This non-invasive test helps us tailor a customized treatment plan for you. 

We’ll take a closer look at orthopedic MRIs, how to prepare, how an MRI works, and the benefits of our state-of-the-art open bore MRI.

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What Type of Injuries Can Benefit from Arthroscopic Surgery? 

You’re playing a pickup basketball game with your friends when you seize the opportunity for the perfect jump shot. You make the goal—but land awkwardly. Then the pain starts. 

The bad news: chances are you may have torn your ACL. The good news: arthroscopic surgery means you can get relief from a non-invasive technique that will help you recover faster—and our team of experienced orthopedic surgeons in Raleigh can help. 

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How Effective is Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery?

If your back pain hasn’t resolved after more conservative treatment, spinal surgery can be a way to get your life back and return to the activities you love. Through minimally invasive spine surgery, our orthopedic surgeons in Raleigh are able to provide effective treatment that has several advantages over the traditional, “open” procedure. 

We’ll examine the benefits and effectiveness of this spine surgery, what it is used to treat, and how to determine if you may be a candidate.  Continue reading “How Effective is Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery?”