Pennsylvania Orthopedic Associates offers a wide range of orthopedic services.  These services include:

Sports Medicine

Sports medicine is a subspecialty of orthopedics that deals with the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries suffered during athletic activity. The goal of treatment is to heal and rehabilitate the injury so patients can return to their favorite activities quickly, whether it’s Little League, recreational play or a high school, college or professional sport.

Common injuries treated include fractures, torn tendons and ligaments, strains and sprains.

 

Arthroscopic Surgery

Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that allows doctors to diagnose and sometimes treat joint injuries and disease through small incisions in the skin. It is often performed to confirm a diagnosis made after a physical examination and other imaging tests such as MRI, CT or X-rays. During an arthroscopic procedure, a thin fiberoptic light, magnifying lens and tiny television camera are inserted into the problem area, allowing the doctor to examine the joint in great detail.

Because it is minimally invasive, arthroscopy offers many benefits to the patient over traditional surgery:

  • No cutting of muscles or tendons
  • Less bleeding during surgery
  • Less scarring
  • Smaller incisions
  • Faster recovery and return to regular activities
  • Faster and more comfortable rehabilitation

Spinal Disorders and Surgery

We specialize in the complete and comprehensive medical and surgical treatment of the spine from diagnosis through recovery. Areas of specialty include spine trauma, degenerative conditions of the spine, spinal deformity, tumors and infection of the spine in all age groups. We provide cutting-edge skills and technology in the treatment of spine ailments including minimally invasive spine surgery, endoscopic procedures, laser surgery, vertebroplasty, kyphoplasty, and more extensive reconstructive procedures.

 

 

Joint Replacement

Sometimes the best way to relieve pain and restore function to a joint is to replace all or part of it with a prosthesis (an artificial joint). Prostheses are intended to restore function to the joint and relieve pain associated with arthritis, other chronic conditions, or traumatic injury.

Prostheses are designed to move like a regular joint. They are made of durable plastic and metal parts that fit together snugly but glide smoothly (as opposed to the painful friction associated with the worn cartilage of arthritic joints). The pieces are shaped like the structures they replace – for example, the damaged bones in a ball-and-socket joint of a hip or shoulder are replaced with a metal ball and plastic socket. They are held to the surrounding bone either with a locking mechanism or with a special bone cement.

Arthritis

Arthritic joints are swollen, or inflamed, usually because the smooth cartilage around them has been damaged in some way. Patients with arthritis suffer pain, stiffness and swelling in the affected area(s). Nearly one in three adults suffers from arthritis or other chronic joint symptoms. Arthritis is the most common chronic ailment among the elderly, although it can affect people of any age, including children.

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Knee Surgery

During a total knee replacement, the entire joint is replaced with an artificial prosthesis. The surgery itself lasts between one-and-a-half and three hours. After the procedure, patients usually experience immediate relief from joint pain. Physical therapy starts right away to speed healing and to ensure that the patient enjoys full use of the joint. Knee replacements today last about 20 years in 85-90% of well-selected patients.

Shoulder and Elbow

A shoulder is deemed unstable when it frequently dislocates or slips partially out of joint (subluxation). People with unstable shoulders may experience pain and limited motion in the joint and feel that moving in the wrong way will cause their shoulder to dislocate, which in turn may discourage them from participating in sports such as swimming, volleyball and baseball. Shoulder instability most often develops from a traumatic injury such as a football tackle that stretches or tears the ligaments in the shoulder, or from a naturally loose joint capsule that does not hold the ball of the humerus tightly in its socket.

Playing tennis is only one possible cause of tennis elbow. Any repetitive motions of the wrist or forearm can result in inflammation or pain on the outside of the upper arm near the elbow. Lateral epicondylitis occurs most often in people between the ages of 30 and 50.

Foot and Ankle

Care of patients with injuries of the foot and ankle include fractures, plantar fascitis, achilles tendon and various foot pain.

Hand Surgery

Surgery can restore function and relieve pain for patients suffering from nerve conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome and arthritis.

Fractures

Stress fractures are overuse injuries in which small cracks or breaks form in a bone. They occur when muscles lose their ability to absorb shocks. The excess energy then transfers to the bone, which cracks under the pressure. As one of the body's most weight-bearing bones, the tibia (shin bone) is highly susceptible.

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