What is Orthopedics?
The medical field of orthopedics encompasses the study and treatment of the musculoskeletal system. The musculoskeletal system is made up of muscles, bones, nerves, ligaments, joints, and tendons. Injuries include fractures, dislocations, tears in ligaments and tendons, and many more.
X-Rays, CT Scans, and MRIs
Imaging of the body via x-rays, CT scans, and MRIs gives doctors deeper insight and knowledge about an injury or condition. An x-ray is a simple, single image that shows what is inside the body. CT, or Computed Tomography, scans give significantly clearer pictures and cross-sections of the body by merging x-rays together. MRIs, or Magnetic Resonance Imaging, provide the most detailed images using magnets around you in a cylindrical machine. The machine sends radio waves toward you to force extremely minor movements you can’t feel. The image is created based on the different vibrations of your body such as organs, nerves, and tendons. An MRI is good for seeing fine-tissue damage and joint problems.
OSINB offers x-ray scans in the office and will send you to an imaging center if CT scans or MRIs are needed.
Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive technique involving several small incisions and specialized instruments to treat joint injuries. Arthroscopy is usually performed at an outpatient surgery center and typically allows faster recovery times. Our physicians perform arthroscopy of the shoulder, knee, and ankle.