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What Is Orthopaedics?

July 15th, 2019 11:23am

What is Orthopaedics?

Orthopaedics is a specialized field of medicine that focuses on diagnosing, correcting, preventing, and treating deformities in the musculoskeletal system. This system is comprised of the bones, joints, muscles, nerves, skin, ligaments and tendons that allow you move and be active (making injuries in these areas particularly important to treat).

Until the 1890s orthopaedics was devoted solely to the care of children. However, in the years since, it has developed to include patients of all ages. Whether there is a child that needs spinal corrections, a student athlete that requires physical therapy, or an elderly patient with arthritis, orthopaedic practitioners like Excelsior have become the status quo when it comes to receiving care.

What do Orthopedists Do?

Due to the complex nature of the musculoskeletal system, orthopedists must know how to accurately diagnose and treat a wide variety of diseases, conditions and injuries. These can range in severity from arthritis and pulled muscles, to fractures, osteoporosis, bone tumors and much more.

Depending on the needs of the patient at hand, orthopedists will develop unique treatment plans that can include a combination of physical, medical, rehabilitative, or surgical options. While many clinics provide general orthopaedic care, there are also specialists that excel in treating certain areas, which include: hands, feet, spine, sports injuries, knees, hips and more.

Finding a specialist for a particular injury (for example going directly to a “knee specialist” for an ACL tear) helps ensure you are receiving care from a professional who excels in the area you need treatment for.

When Should you call Excelsior?

Excelsior are leading orthopaedic practitioners in the Western New York area, and have convenient locations in Amherst, Orchard Park, and Niagara Falls. While we provide comprehensive general orthopaedic care, we are also known for our specialized practice areas, which include: 

Hand Care

Conveniently located at the Excelsior medical campus in Amherst, our state-of-the-art Hand Center specializes in not only treatment, but rehabilitation as well. 

Foot and Ankle Care

The first of its kind in Western New York, Excelsiors’ dedicated Foot and Ankle Center blends orthopaedics, podiatry, sports medicine, and physical therapy to deliver individualized care to patients of all ages.

Shoulder, Arm, and Elbow Care

Excelsior are proud to have set the standard in Western New York when it comes to quality shoulder, arm and elbow care. Our Board Certified Orthopaedic surgeons treat the full range of upper extremity problems using state-of-the-art surgical and non-surgical techniques, and the latest in medical technology. 

Much More!

The specialties mentioned above encompass only a fraction of what the team at Excelsior Orthopaedics are able to treat. Our dedicated doctors stay on the cutting edge of technology and are able to provide individualized treatment for the full spectrum of problems that can arise in the musculoskeletal system.

If you are suffering from pain in your bones, muscles, or joints, the path to relief is only a phone call away. Call us today!

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