Adult and Pediatric Orthopaedics

Adult and Pediatric Orthopaedic Specialists is an orthopaedic surgery specialty providing expert evaluation and treatment of orthopaedic diseases and conditions in adults and children, from infants to adolescents, and adulthood.

Sports Medicine

Sports Medicine is the medical specialty that focuses on the overall health of an athlete, ranging from performance considerations and injury prevention to injury management and return to activity. In addition to direct care of the athlete and team, the sports medicine specialist coordinates care with other health professionals including athletic trainers, physical therapists and physicians.

Although the field of sports medicine arose for the purpose of diagnosis and treatment of sports-related injuries, the principles can be applied to any active individual who wishes to return to work or play. As Sports medicine is based on the philosophy that "less is more," the goal is to maximize functional return in a minimally invasive way. The goal is to enable the individual to return to usual activities as quickly and safely as possible.

Joint Replacement

Joint replacement surgery is a common surgery today. During surgery the damaged joint is replaced with a new one. A joint is where two or more bones come together, like the knee, hip and shoulder. The surgery is done by an orthopaedic surgeon. In some cases, the surgeon will remove the whole joint, while other surgeries require replacing only the damaged part of the joint.

Replacing a joint can relieve pain and help you move better and gain mobility that may have been limited. Hips and knees are replaced most often. Other joints that can be replaced include shoulders and upper extremities.

If you suffer from severe pain that limits your daily activities, a joint replacement may be your best option.

Hand Surgery

Hand surgery deals with surgical and non-surgical treatments of the hand or upper extremity. Hand surgeons treat trauma, arthritis, tendonitis, nerve entrapment, and vascular problems associated with the hand and upper extremities. Most hand disorders can be diagnosed by history and physical examination in addition to x-rays.

Many hand disorders can be treated non-operatively by modifying activities, splinting, anti-inflammatory medication, hand therapy, or injections. More severe problems may require surgical procedures.

Sports Psychology

Sports psychology is an area of expertise that focuses on how individuals are affected by playing sports. It assists athletes, coaches and parents to improve athletic performance, exercise and physical activity. The serious athlete and anyone who wants to participate in a particular sport must be healthy in body and mind in order to enjoy and achieve goals in whatever activity they participate in.

There are times in all athletes lives when they need help to overcome psychological issues that prevent them from participating to their full potential. A sports psychologist can help all athletes reduce stress and anxiety before special sporting events, or day to day activities associated with sports. They work closely with patients to help understand what motivates them and what makes them perform better.

While finding ways to help athletes is an important part of sports psychology, they also focus their efforts of exercise and physical activity for improving the lives of non-athletes as well.

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