Common Treatments

 

Casts

Your provider may order a cast or splint to protect injured bones and soft tissue.   The cast or splint holds the bones in place while they heal and typically reduce pain, swelling, and muscle spasms.  

Orthopaedics East & Sports Medicine has a certified cast tech that assists with the application of casts and splints for our patients.

Medication

Your physician may recommend certain medications in the treatment of your injury. Medications such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and opioids can help patients relieve their pain and feel more comfortable allowing your body to heal and recover faster. 

Opiods block pain and change the way your brain perceives pain.  As a result they are effective medications for relieving moderate to severe pain and assist patients in their recovery from an injury by allowing patients to be more active during the day and rest better at night. However, opiods are narcotics and can be addictive.  Therefore, they should only be used as directed by your provider.

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are often recommended for mild to moderate pain to reduce swelling and soreness. Examples of common NSAIDs include aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen.  NSAIDs normally have fewer side effects when compared to opioids and do not lead to addiction or dependence. However, you should speak with your provider about their use for your treatment.

Orthotics

Your provider may recommend an orthotic device for your treatment.   These devices are applied externally and help patients control, guide or immobilize an extremity or joint, reduce weight bearing forces, aid in the rehabilitation of a fracture following removal of a cast, and/or correct the function of a body part to alleviate pain.

Orthopaedics East and Sports Medicine Center carries a variety of orthotics for different parts of the body which your provider may recommend in your treatment.  Our staff are trained to help with the application and instruction of the orthotic device recommended by your provider.

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy (PT) can help athletes recover from their sports-related injuries.  Our Physical Therapists can develop an exercise conditioning program to help patients return to the sport and recreational activities they enjoy.  Working with our providers, our Therapists can work with you in developing a safe and effective conditioning program that can help you meet your rehabilitation goals. 

Walking Devices

Your provider may recommend that you use a walking aid while you are healing or recovering. Crutches, canes, or walkers are commonly ordered to help patients keep their weight off of an injured or weak leg.  They can assist with balance, and enable patients to perform their daily activities more safely.

Quick Fact

There are 206 bones in the human body, each with a unique purpose.