Injury to the back, knees, shoulders, or hands can be both frustrating, as well as debilitating. Untreated, these issues can become progressively worse, possibly causing further damage. Millions of Americans suffer from muscle and joint ailments every year, but corrective treatments are available to decrease discomfort and promote proper healing.
Hillelson-Whipple Clinic Plastic Surgery and Orthopaedics specializes in noninvasive techniques designed to reduce or eliminate pain completely. We understand the increased risk and extended recovery time that go along with surgery, so we reserve invasive procedures for more severe cases. Some patients, however, may not find relief from noninvasive treatment. In this event, Dr. Whipple will determine the safest, most effective surgical procedure to meet the individual’s needs.
The Ideal Candidate for Treatment:
A treatment plan is available for every patient dealing with spine, knee, shoulder, and hand pain. Each situation is different, and a unique plan will need to be created to address the individual patient. Those requiring surgery should be in generally good health. All patients should understand their diagnosis and have realistic expectations for treatment results.
The Consultation Appointment at Hillelson-Whipple Clinic Plastic Surgery and Orthopaedics:
The consultation appointment is vital in determining the necessary treatment for back, knee, shoulder, and hand pain. Dr. Whipple takes this time to perform a brief physical exam, review the medical history, and current medications. All potential treatment options will be discussed, as well as their associated recovery time. An individualized therapy or surgical plan will then be created, designed to meet the patient’s needs and goals.
Noninvasive Treatments for Spine, Hand, Shoulder, and Knee Pain:
The innovative, noninvasive treatments available today can provide dramatic relief from back, hand, shoulder, and knee pain. In many situations, noninvasive therapy can eliminate the need for surgery. Noninvasive options can include:
A variety of medications are available to treat specific symptoms. These include non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (ibuprofen), oral steroids, and pain mediations.
- Steroid Injections:
To reduce inflammation in a joint, steroids can be injected directly into the affected area.
- Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy:
Also referred to as ESWT, this noninvasive treatment delivers focused shock waves to the targeted area of the body, encouraging healing.
- Physical or Occupational Therapy:
Many injuries will benefit from appropriate stretching and strengthening techniques. These can reduce pain and speed the healing process.
Surgical Treatments for Spine, Hand, Shoulder, and Knee Pain:
When noninvasive therapy cannot provide the intended results, a surgical procedure may be warranted. There are various surgical techniques available, depending on the location of pain, the exact cause, and the level of correction required. Surgery falls into one of two categories:
- Arthroscopic Surgery:
This type of surgery utilizes an Arthroscope, a tiny pencil-sized camera, which is inserted through a small incision. The surgeon is then able to visualize the problem, and perform the necessary corrective measures without making a larger skin incision. This may involve removing portions of damaged tissues, repairing (reattaching) them, or even substituting tissue grafts for completely ruptured structures. Arthroscopy can be beneficial in treating inflammation or injury of the knee, hip, ankle, shoulder, elbow or wrist.
- ‘Open’ Surgery:
This is considered the traditional form of surgery, requiring an open incision and sutures. Areas that cannot be accessed through an Arthroscopic technique, or are more severe, may require ‘open’ surgery. These can include bone fractures, joint replacement, or muscle tears.
The Cost of Treatment:
There is no need to keep putting off treatment for painful problems of the knee, shoulder, hand, and spine. Hillelson-Whipple Clinic Plastic Surgery and Orthopaedics offers a variety of ways to pay, making therapy budget-friendly. We gladly accept cash, all major credit cards, and medical financing through CareCredit. During your consultation, Dr. Whipple will develop an individualized treatment plan, as well as determine the exact price of the upcoming procedures. At this time, we will sit down with you to explain in detail all of the payment choices.
We are ready to hear from you. Contact our office for more information on our orthopaedic treatments or to set up a complimentary consultation. Dr. Terry Whipple is a respected leader in his field, offering our patients innovative techniques to restore or retain a healthy, happy life. Get the relief you need today, at Hillelson-Whipple Clinic Plastic Surger