Orthopaedics is the branch of medicine that deals with the prevention and/or correction of injuries or disorders of the skeletal system and associated muscles, joints, and ligaments.
Orthopaedic surgery corrects problems that arise in the skeleton and its attachments, the ligaments and tendons. It may also deal with some problems of the nervous system, such as those that arise from injury of the spine.
Sports medicine is an orthopedic specialty, and focuses on the prevention and treatment of injuries or illnesses resulting in participation of athletic activities. Whether you’re making the decision for orthopaedic care, or would just like to expand your knowledge, Dr. Pontius has a wide array of experience in both orthopedic surgery and sports medicine, and can assist you with your medical needs.
More About the Field of Orthopaedics
Many patients can not avoid injury or illness that results in orthopedic treatment. However, there are preventative measures that can be taken to reduce the risk of disease and injury at any age. Through education and adherence to a physician’s counsel you can also reduce the effects of certain diseases, and help prevent further injuries.
Injuries requiring the needs of an orthopaedic surgeon are very common. In 2010, musculoskeletal symptoms were the number 2 reason for physician visits. Musculoskeletal symptoms include pain, ache, soreness, discomfort, cramps, contractures, spasms, limitation of movement, stiffness, weakness, swelling, lump, mass and tumors to the musculoskeletal system.
Rehabilitation after an injury or surgery can be a slow and painful process. It is important to follow medical advice provided by a professional to ensure the most effective and productive recovery process. An orthopedic surgeon can provide you with the most up to date information for your particular situation and needs. Dr. Pontius provides patient-centered care that focuses on you.
Sports & Exercise
Sports and other physical activities are mainstays of American Culture. In order to maintain a healthy lifestyle, it is vital to remain physically active. While sports can enable you to do this, participation in sports can leave you susceptible to injury. No matter how prepared you are for an activity, the possibility of injury remains, but by following recommended guidelines for various activities, you can significantly diminish the risk of injury.