Types of Orthopedic Conditions

There are many types of orthopedic conditions with characteristic symptoms that require specific treatment. By knowing more about your condition, your treatment can be more effective. Some of the most common types of orthopedic conditions treated by the orthopedic specialists at Saint Francis Hospital South include:

  • Back and spine conditions
  • Arthritic conditions
  • Foot and ankle conditions
  • Hand, wrist and upper extremity conditions
  • Degenerative hip, knee and shoulder conditions
  • Pediatric injuries
  • Shoulder pain
  • Sports related injuries
  • Trauma

Another common type of orthopedic condition that affects many of us is osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition resulting in the breakdown of cartilage in the joints that causes joint pain and stiffness. Knee or hip replacement surgery is not considered an option for osteoarthritis until you have tried the other available conservative treatment options. Hip replacement surgery can help reposition bones to redistribute stress on the joint and/or remove loose pieces of bone and cartilage from joints. It is important to understand that knee or hip replacement surgery is only considered when you can no longer enjoy your normal active lifestyle.