Article provided by: Walter A Thomas, MD
Injuries can be painful and debilitating. The first thing to do when you get injured or experience pain and swelling is to visit the doctor. In some cases, simple rest and application of cold packs may help resolve the problem. Other times, the injury is more severe. In these cases you will need to visit the orthopedic surgeon in Westlake Village.
The first step when you visit an orthopedic surgeon in Westlake Village is to examine and diagnose your condition. Proper diagnosis is essential for proper surgical treatment. We use state-of-the-art diagnostics tools to make the correct diagnosis. We utilize digital x-rays and ultrasound to view the injury or area of concern. These are very accurate in providing the doctor with the information necessary to make treatment decisions.
Both digital x-rays and ultrasound tests can be completed right here in our facility. In some instances, you may require an MRI. If so, our professional staff members will coordinate the test with a convenient facility nearby where you can have the test performed.
Your surgeon will review all of the test and diagnostic results to determine the best course of action in your particular case. The surgeon will discuss treatment options and explain the test results. Treatment will vary greatly from patient to patient based on the particulars of the specific injury.
Conditions and Treatments
There are a variety of conditions that can be helped by an orthopedic surgeon in Westlake Village. Some areas of the body where surgical treatment may be indicated include the knees, shoulder, elbow, ankles and hip. You may experience acute or chronic pain due to an injury or a long-term condition that erodes the body such as arthritis.
You may experience pain, discomfort, swelling and difficulty moving your affected body part. When this happens it doesn’t immediately mean that you will require surgery. In fact, many minor injuries can be successfully treated using a cold compact and rest. Other types of non-surgical treatment and rehabilitation therapy may also be helpful.
Some injuries or damage is more severe. For example, repeated sports injuries can make it difficult for the body to heal. Sometimes the injury is serious and requires surgical repair. Joint replacement surgery is sometimes needed for patients, especially those who are older and have significant damage that cannot be simply repaired.
The specific treatment plan will be determined by your injury and the extent of damage. If non-surgical treatment is available the orthopedic surgeon in Westlake Village will often try this course first. Many different types of surgery are available depending on the injury and the patient. Joint replacement surgery is possible in some instances while other times a repair may be possible. Some repairs can be made using minimally invasive surgical techniques such as arthroscopy.
A visit to the orthopedic surgeon in Westlake Village will start you on the path towards a resolution for your injury or condition. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment to discuss your needs and the options that are available.
Ste. 200 Westlake Village