Depend on the orthopedic physicians at Granite Falls Health to help prevent, manage, and treat bone and joint pain, injury or related conditions, starting with the least invasive approach that may be effective for you.
When to See an Orthopedist
Turn to an orthopedist if you experience:
- Joint pain or stiffness
- Lower back pain, sciatica (nerve pain) or ruptured disks
- Difficulty walking or climbing stairs
- Difficulty using your hand or arm to reach for or carry objects
- Discomfort in daily activities
- Muscle damage, including pulls or tears to ligaments and tendons
- Injuries like broken bones, fractures, dislocations and sprained ankles
- Knee arthroscopy
- Ganglion cyst removal
- Carpal Tunnel release
- Trigger finger release
The earlier you see a doctor, the more quickly you can begin your recovery and create a plan to prevent more severe problems while restoring as much function as possible.
Arthroscopic examination of joints is helpful in diagnosis and treatment of the following conditions:
- Inflammation: Synovitis, the inflammation of the lining of the knee, shoulder, elbow, wrist, or ankle
- Acute or chronic injury: Injuries to the shoulder, knee and wrist joint such as cartilage tears, tendon tears, carpal tunnel syndrome
- Osteoarthritis: A type of arthritis caused by cartilage loss in a joint
- Removal of loose bodies of bone or cartilage that becomes logged within the joint
During arthroscopic surgery, either a general, spinal or local anesthesia will be given depending on the condition. A small incision of the size of a buttonhole is made through which the arthroscope is inserted. Other accessory incisions will be made through which specially designed instruments are inserted. After the procedure is completed arthroscope is removed and incisions are closed. You may be instructed about the incision care, activities to be avoided and exercises to be performed for faster recovery. Some of the possible complications after arthroscopy include infection, phlebitis (clotting of blood in vein), excessive swelling, bleeding, blood vessel or nerve damage and instrument breakage.
It may take several weeks for the puncture wounds to heal and the joint to recover completely. A rehabilitation program may be advised for a speedy recovery of normal joint function. You can resume normal activities within a few days.