Orthopedics and the Musculoskeletal System
Orthopedics is the medical specialty concerned with the treatment of the musculoskeletal system. The musculoskeletal system includes bones, joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, and nerves. Our center has orthopedic doctors who will care for patients of all ages from newborn babies to the very elderly.
Orthopedic conditions are the most common reason people seek medical care, although not every patient with an orthopedic condition is seen by an orthopedic specialist. The Greek word ‘ortho’ means straight and ‘pedics’ comes from the word ‘pais’ meaning child.
We provide outpatient care which is the medical care provided on an outpatient basis, including diagnosis, observation, consultation, treatment, intervention, and rehabilitation services. We perform closed reduction and internal fixation of minor fractures; we do minor debridement procedures with dressings; we apply orthopedic casts that are casts frequently made from plaster or fiberglass, encasing a limb (or, in some cases, large portions of the body) to stabilize and hold anatomical structures, most often a broken bone (or bones), in place until healing is confirmed; we also manage many adults and children with various types of arm, forearm, and shoulder slings for immobilization.