Patients who suffer orthopedic injuries that involve open fractures that break the skin or produce severe pain should visit the emergency room. Patients who experience other injuries (besides those of an orthopedic nature) should also go to the emergency room. For all other types of orthopedic and sports injuries, a New Orleans orthopedic clinic is the best option.
Following is information regarding some of the common injuries we treat.
Knee Injuries: The knee is commonly injured during running and walking activities. Most knee injuries happen because of a sudden change in direction such as pivoting, shifting, or jumping, or a sudden force such as stepping down from a curb or high surface, or landing during a fall or jump.
Most knee injuries can be assessed and treated at a New Orleans orthopedic clinic. A physical examination and medical imaging studies are used to identify knee injuries and develop an appropriate treatment plan. Common knee injuries include sprains, strains, and tears of cartilage and ligament.
Shoulder Injuries: Because the shoulder is one of the most move able joints in the body, it endures a tremendous amount of rotation and force each day. When the muscles and ligaments of the shoulder are over-used or over-stressed, painful injuries can happen. Many of the common shoulder injuries we see at our New Orleans orthopedic clinic are rotator cuff tears, shoulder dislocations, shoulder fractures, and injuries to the soft tissues.
Ankle Injuries: This type of injury is very common, and the most common type of ankle injury is an ankle sprain. When the ankle is over-rotated in either direction, the ligaments that connect the bones of the ankle joint can be sprained. These sprains are graded on an increasing severity scale of grades one to three.
When ankle sprains are seen at a New Orleans orthopedic clinic, they are diagnosed and properly treated. Additionally, specialists at the office can check to make sure the ankle is not fractured, but if it is, it can be treated accordingly at our center as well.
Wrist Injuries: These injuries typically occur as a result of landing on an outstretched arm during a fall. A wrist strain can be painful and cause inflammation, bruising, and at times, numbness. A wrist fracture can also produce these symptoms.
The most common type of wrist fracture is a distal radius fracture, which is a break of the large forearm bone on its end closest to the wrist. Both wrist fractures and sprains can be seen and treated at our New Orleans orthopedic clinic.
Our New Orleans orthopedic clinic is available to patients who would like their injuries to be seen by a specialist. Rather than wait in long emergency room lines, come to our clinic to receive a fast and accurate diagnosis in addition to efficient and appropriate treatment. Our convenient location, experienced providers and flexible hours ensure you will be seen in a prompt manner.