If you have been injured during work or play, you may need physical therapy to restore your body to normal function. Physical therapy helps people of all ages who have medical conditions, surgeries, illnesses or injuries that limit their ability to move and function. At Associated Orthopaedics, we always look to non-surgical treatment options as your first step in the treatment process and resort to surgical intervention only when appropriate.

Physical therapy is a common service that our physicians may refer you to as a way to try to rehabilitate you without having to undergo an unnecessary surgery. Physical therapy has proven to be a very successful way for patients to avoid surgery and have better outcomes when surgery is required. Patients who do require surgery often have better outcomes when they participate in a pre-surgical and post-surgical therapy program.

Physical therapy can treat a wide-array of conditions and ailments including, but not limited to, arthritis, back pain, bursitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, elbow conditions, foot & ankle conditions, hip replacement, knee replacement, sciatica, vertigo & balance issues and whiplash.

If you have questions about physical therapy and wonder if it might help you, please do not hesitate to contact us and our friendly staff would be happy to help you.

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While physical therapy focuses on preventing injuries, avoiding surgery and lessening long-term reliance on medications, occupational therapy helps you conduct activities of daily living, or ADLs. While you’re recovering from an illness or injury, an occupational therapist will teach you to move and function in your home or work environment. We emphasize the practical aspects of helping people do the things they want and need to do so they can resume normal activities as quickly as possible. Often, physical therapists and occupational therapists work together closely to help each patient achieve a full recovery.

Just like physical therapy, occupational therapy can treat a wide-array of conditions and ailments including, but not limited to, arthritis, back pain, hand pain, prosthetic usage, work-related injuries and orthotic usage.

If you have questions about occupational therapy and wonder if it might help you, please do not hesitate to contact us and our friendly staff would be happy to help you.

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At Associated Orthopaedics, we use the Pinnacle Platinum Overhead Tube Crane (OTC) to take digital x-rays (DR) of your body. This system is state-of-the-art and allows our technicians to make adjustments on-site, integrates seamlessly with image capture devices and it calibrates continuously. What this means for our patients is that you get the absolute best quality images faster than dated technology such as standard film x-ray and computed radiography (CR).

While digital x-ray is not mandated by the federal government, orthopaedic groups who want to offer their patients the very best in image quality with the least amount of radiation exposure have made the switch to digital x-ray from rapidly aging systems such as traditional x-ray and computed radiography. Furthermore, the adoption of digital x-ray allows images to be acquired quickly and then easily transferred into a picture archiving and communication system (PACS) for easy distribution and interpretation.

When you visit Associated Orthopaedics you should bring your most recent x-ray images with you. If you do not have a copy of your latest x-ray images or if the date of your last x-ray is determined to be too old, you may be asked to undergo an on-site x-ray as a means to help our physicians determine the extent of your injury or ailment and the best course of treatment. Our x-ray technicians are amongst the most skilled in the region and will perform the x-ray process in a comfortable oversized room.

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Associated Orthopaedics is unique in the sense that we have a well-respected neurologist on-site to assist patients who may have nerve and/or muscle damage. Two tests routinely used to evaluate nerve and muscle damage is nerve conduction studies (NCS) and electromyography (EMG).

A nerve conduction study is used to determine nerve damage. It is a measurement of the speed of conduction of an electrical impulse through a nerve. During the test, the nerve is stimulated, usually with electrodes attached to the skin. Two electrodes are placed on the skin over the nerve. One electrode stimulates the nerve with a very mild electrical impulse and the other electrode records it. Using this information we are able to determine the extent of nerve damage.

Electromyography is a diagnostic procedure used to assess the health of muscles and the nerve cells that control them. An EMG uses tiny devices called electrodes to transmit or detect electrical signals. EMG results can reveal nerve dysfunction, muscle dysfunction or problems with nerve-to-muscle signal transmission.

NCS is usually combined with an EMG to differentiate a nerve disorder from a muscle disorder.
NCS detects a problem with the nerve whereas an EMG detects whether the muscle is functioning properly in response to the nerve’s stimulus.

Nerve conduction studies and electromyography can help to evaluate many diseases and conditions including, but not limited to, carpal tunnel syndrome, Charcot-Marie tooth disease, chronic inflammatory polyneuropathy, Guillain-Barré syndrome, neuropathy, peripheral nerve injury and sciatic nerve problems.

NCS can also identify the causes of numbness, tingling, weakness, muscle cramping, twitching and continuous pain in the body.

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Durable Medical Equipment, or DME, is any device which provides benefits to healing for a patient. While most patients are familiar with the basic braces and slings, Associated Orthopaedics offers a wide array of options to you on your road to recovery. Our goal is cater to the convenience of our patients which is why we offer crutches, braces (ankle, hip & back), shoulder immobilizers, slings, splints, walkers, post-surgical walking boots and many other specialized options to expedite your recovery. Each orthotic piece is expertly fit to your needs by our on-site orthotic fitting consultant.

Our amazing staff will bill your insurance for all appropriate items and notify you if there are items that may not be covered by your insurance.

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Work related injuries can be complicated and frustrating for patients. Our goal is to make the process as easy as possible and get you back to work in a timely, appropriate manner. Employers and employees alike trust the experts at Associated Orthopaedics to provide reliable, exceptional care. Our in-house workers compensation specialist coordinates all aspects of your care including treatment plan, physical therapy, occupational therapy, MRI scans and digital x-rays. In addition, our workers compensation specialist helps navigate the complexities of prior approvals, paperwork and casework while keeping up-to-date on timely reporting of your accident so that you can return to work as soon as reasonable possible.

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