General Orthopedics

General Orthopedics Specialist
At Greater Austin Orthopaedics, with offices in South Austin, Oak Hill, North Austin, and Lockhart, Texas, the specialists offer general orthopedic care. From evaluation and diagnosis through treatment and physical therapy, they help you get back to your healthy and active lifestyle as soon as possible. If you’re an Austin, Texas, resident with an injury or condition that needs orthopedic care, call us today or schedule an appointment online.

General Orthopedics Q & A

What is orthopedics?  

Orthopedics is a medical specialty that concerns the musculoskeletal system. Consisting of the bones, joints, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, and muscles, this system is the framework for your body and provides the mechanics that allow you to move.

While many orthopedists specialize in surgery, most orthopedic surgeons treat the majority of their patients in an office setting. Orthopedic conditions, such as dislocated shoulders or herniated discs, are among the most common reasons for patients to seek medical care.

What kinds of conditions are treated with orthopedics?

Any problem that has to do with muscles, ligaments, or joints is considered an orthopedic condition. Some of the most common problems with these parts of the body include:

  • Arthritis and osteoarthritis
  • Fractures
  • Lower back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Articular Cartilage Injuries / Loose Bodies
  • Biceps tendonitis 
  • Dislocations/instability
  • Ganglion Cyst

What Technologies do you use?

Meniscus Transplants

  • Meniscus transplants are a new surgical technique involving the replacement of the meniscus using a cadaver meniscus.

Osteoarticular Grafts (OATS)

  • Osteoarticular grafts (OATS) are a surgical technique involving the transplantation of an articular (joint) cartilage and bone plug into a localized area of arthritis.

Carticel (Cartilage Transplantation Surgery)

  • Carticel (cartilage transplantation surgery) is a new surgical technique involving the replacement of cartilage on the end of the bones. The procedure is most successful in younger patients with a small localized area for repair.

Why is bone health important?

Americans are living longer, so bone health is more important than ever. As you age, your bones weaken; this can range from mild thinning to severe osteoporosis. Bones provide your body with structure and strength, as well as the ability to move, so weak bones can stop you from doing what you want and impede your quality of life.

Fortunately, you have plenty of options when it comes to taking care of your bones and making improvements to your overall health.

What can I do to protect and preserve my bones?

The key components to good health, including musculoskeletal health, are a healthy diet and regular physical activity.

Vitamins and minerals are essential to bone health, including:

  • Calcium
  • Phosphorus
  • Zinc
  • Magnesium
  • Vitamins D, K, and A

It’s especially important to get plenty of calcium because the body pulls it from your bones if it doesn’t get enough through your diet.

While regular exercise is important in maintaining a healthy body overall, weight-bearing and resistance exercises have been proven to build bone strength.

Weight bearing means any exercise where you’re on your feet and working against gravity. Resistance exercises involve working against additional force, such as lifting weights or using exercise bands.

Aside from benefiting your bones, exercise also strengthens your muscles, which provide support for your bones and joints.

If you have concerns about your bone health or questions related to bones, muscles, ligaments, or joints, contact Greater Austin Orthopaedics at 512-326-2800 or schedule a consultation online to get started.

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