Orthopedics is the branch of medicine that deals with your bones, muscles, nerves, ligaments, tendons, and joints. An orthopedic doctor in Downtown Brooklyn helps you overcome illnesses and injuries so you can resume your active lifestyle. Our doctors try non-surgical methods before resorting to orthopedic surgery. Your surgeon is highly skilled and also practices pediatric orthopedics.
Note: Orthopedic surgeons at Century Medical and Dental Center accept all major insurance plans, including Medicare, Medicaid, HIP, Emblemhealth, GHI, MetroPlus, and Fidelis, and have offices in Downtown Brooklyn, Flatbush, Gravesend Fort Greene, and Midtown Manhattan. Our top-rated doctors provide a full range of medical procedures and are among the best orthopedic surgeons in the region.
Orthopedic surgeons study and repair the parts of the body that enable you to get around. Your muscles and bones are just the tips of the iceberg, as it takes the coordination and cooperation of many elements even to allow your brain to move your left big toe.
Your musculoskeletal system includes:
- Nerves and spinal cord;
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When You Need an Orthopedic Doctor
You can visit orthopedics for an injury sustained while participating in sports. Not every injury requires surgery, but it is sometimes necessary. Since so many things can happen to your musculoskeletal system, your general practitioner Brooklyn physician has to understand the underlying interconnected structure of the physiology at play that lets you walk and move. The types of injuries you may suffer include:
- Knee dislocation;
- Broken or fractured arm;
- Rotator cuff injury;
- Tennis elbow;
- Hip dislocation;
- Ankle sprain;
- Knee ligament tear.
Diseases can strike your body too, and our doctor at Century Medical and Dental Center has to respond with appropriate treatment. Some of the conditions that our specialists can treat include:
- Arthritis in your knee;
- Carpal tunnel syndrome;
- Hip arthritis;
- Shoulder bursitis.
Our pediatric orthopedics team works to correct birth defects in children, protecting growing bodies from harm and helping them recover after an accident.
Orthopedics Consultation and Diagnosis
The type of treatment you need is determined during your initial consultation. Because your musculoskeletal system is so intertwined, foot pain may be caused by a back or hip issue. Your doctor may perform a lower and upper extremities evaluation to test feeling and function in order to make a diagnosis.
Our doctor listens to your description of your pain and takes a full medical history, asking when it began, when it gets better or worse, and whether you’ve had it previously. Your doctor then gives you a full examination. He may ask you to undergo one or more diagnostic tests, such as an x-ray or MRI.
Non-Surgical Treatment Options
Our doctors do not recommend surgery as the first course of treatment. After reaching a diagnosis, your physician decides which treatment is most appropriate. Depending on your needs and your doctor’s decision, it may involve a single treatment or a combination of treatments. Treatment options include:
- Medication to control your pain while you heal;
- Physical therapy and exercises for rehabilitation;
- Alternative therapies, such as massage;
- Cortisone or steroid injections.
Additionally, our specialist discusses ways to prevent injury in the future. If you’re suffering from chronic pain, your doctor can assist you in developing a non-surgical treatment plan.
Orthopedic Surgery Options
When other treatment methods fail, surgery may be the only option. Your surgeon has extensive training and experience performing minimally invasive procedures like arthroscopic surgery and full-blown joint replacement surgeries. Orthopedic surgery is never taken lightly, and your health and safety are always prioritized.
The surgery you may need depends on your illness or injury. Sports medicine focuses on athletes, from professionals to weekend warriors, and their injuries while maximizing physical performance. But most New Yorkers want to be free from pain and limitations. Surgery options include:
- Arthroscopic surgery, which uses small incisions and tiny cameras to repair joint issues;
- Surgery to reattach torn ligaments or tendons;
- Full or partial joint replacement to restore a full range of movement;
- Fusion surgery to join two or more bones, which limits flexibility but eliminates pain;
- Bracing surgeries use metal rods, pins, screws, or plates to support bones as they heal.
Your surgeon has studied and trained for many years to gain the skills and experience needed to treat you. Your doctor’s education begins with a four-year undergraduate degree, which is followed by:
- Earning a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree from a recognized, four-year medical school;
- Putting in another five years of training in a residency program focused on orthopedic practices;
- Working one or two more years in a specialized fellowship;
- Passing the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery exam;
- Obtaining a license to practice from the State of New York.
Further study allows your doctor to practice pediatric orthopedics, which specializes in children’s orthopedic issues, or another specialty. Always ask your doctor about his credentials and certifications during your initial consultation. We accept Medicare, Medicaid, HIP, Emblemhealth, GHI, MetroPlus, Fidelis.