Orthopedics Specialist

CHW Cares

Senior focused Medical and Dental Care in Washington Heights, NY

If you struggle with ongoing pain, an injury, or problems moving around, you can depend on orthopedic specialists at CHW Cares in Washington Washington Heights, Manhattan, for exceptional care. They offer comprehensive orthopedics services for New York City patients age 65 and older.

Orthopedics Q & A

What is orthopedics?

Orthopedics at CHW Cares includes evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment for musculoskeletal problems (issues with your muscles, bones, ligaments, tendons, or cartilage). Orthopedic specialists can treat ongoing or severe pain and injuries and improve your mobility.

Which conditions do orthopedic specialists treat?

Your CHW Cares team can treat common orthopedic conditions, including:

  • Back pain
  • Knee, hip, ankle, or other joint pain
  • Fractures
  • Strains and sprains
  • Tendon injuries
  • Osteoporosis
  • Muscle tears
  • Other soft-tissue problems
  • Stiffness
  • Poor joint range of motion
  • Mobility problems
  • Arthritis

If you experience pain that negatively affects your mobility or overall quality of life, see the CHW Cares team for an evaluation. 

How does my specialist diagnose orthopedic issues?

To determine the root cause of disability or pain, the CHW Cares team discusses your symptoms and medical history.

The team checks your vital signs, completes a physical examination, and may recommend you complete specific diagnostic tests. Examples include blood tests, urine tests, joint fluid analysis, X-rays, CT scans, MRIs, ultrasounds, or other imaging procedures.

What are common treatments for orthopedic problems?

Common treatments for orthopedic/musculoskeletal problems include:

Home care

At-home treatments that can relieve musculoskeletal pain include resting affected muscles or joints, wearing a brace, and using ice or heat packs. Taking over-the-counter medicines can also help.

Lifestyle changes

Lifestyle changes that reduce your risk of injuries and diseases include eating healthy foods, getting regular exercise, and plenty of sleep.

Physical therapy

Strength and stretching exercises improve musculoskeletal function, accelerate healing of injuries, and reduce pain.

Assistive devices

Assistive devices, such as canes, walkers, and custom-fitted shoes with orthotics, can improve your mobility.

Medications

Your orthopedic specialist may recommend you take prescription medicines to delay disease progression or reduce inflammation and pain. 

Injections

Injections, including steroids, anesthetic, trigger point, hyaluronic acid, and regenerative medicine shots, help your body heal or improve joint lubrication. They also reduce pain and inflammation. 

Surgery

CHW Cares specialists provide surgery to remove, repair, or replace damaged tissues to improve mobility and alleviate ongoing pain.

Other options

Additional pain-relieving options include radiofrequency ablation, nerve stimulation, ultrasound therapy, and more.

 

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