X-rays assist in identifying and treating fractures, and they are an essential tool when performing orthopedic surgery such as joint replacements or fracture reductions. At Advanced Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, we use the latest high-tech digital X-ray equipment. There are a number of benefits of digital X-rays over traditional film X-rays, including:
- Digital images can be computer-enhanced. Larger, clearer, color-enhanced images can result in a more accurate diagnosis.
- More recent X-rays can be digitally compared to previous X-rays. By subtracting out everything that is the same and providing a clear image of anything that is different, tiny changes that may not be visible to the naked eye can be caught earlier.
- You are exposed to much less radiation (up to 90% less) than traditional X-rays.
- Digital radiography is also better for the environment. It doesn’t use photochemicals and traditional film, thus eliminating waste.
Ultrasound is an excellent tool for diagnosing the cause of real-time tendon and ligament pain. While we perform an ultrasound, you can point to where you’re hurting, and we can immediately get a look at that exact area as you’re moving and experiencing the pain.
Many times, a patient’s pain seems to have no clear cause, but diagnostic ultrasound allows us an in-depth look at injuries, detecting tiny tears that an MRI might miss.
There is no radiation involved with ultrasounds, so they are safe for people with pacemakers, spinal cord stimulators, and other medical devices that cannot handle the radiation of other diagnostic tools.
For your convenience, Advanced Orthopedics & Sports Medicine offers a variety of custom braces, splints, and slings on site in our office. After your evaluation with the doctor, you will be properly fitted with the equipment that best protects you from additional injury.
Braces, splints, and slings are used following surgery or to control pain associated with conditions such as arthritis, tendonitis, and fractures. We carry a wide variety of braces and splints, or we can custom make one specifically for you.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is a revolutionary procedure that uses components of the body’s own blood cells to stimulate the natural healing process in certain orthopedic conditions.
The body’s first response to any soft tissue injury (ligaments and tendons) is to deliver platelet cells. Filled with healing and growth factors, platelets jump starts the repair process and attract the essential aid of stem cells.
PRP therapy’s natural healing process accelerates the body’s efforts by delivering a higher concentration of platelets through a simple injection. It provides effective pain relief and faster healing, and it can eliminate the need for surgery and prolonged recovery.
PRP therapy is showing promising results with osteoarthritis of the knee, shoulder, and hip, as well as rotator cuff tears, chronic plantar fasciitis, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries, tennis elbow, ankle sprains, tendonitis, and ligament sprains.
Using ultrasound, our doctors can administer medications to painful joints, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Ultrasound guidance can help deliver targeted treatment directly to the site of pain, improving the precision, safety, and effectiveness of the injection procedure.
Injectable cortisone is a powerful anti-inflammatory medication, a synthetically produced steroid that lasts for a longer period of time than the cortisone your body naturally produces. It is injected directly into joints such as shoulders, elbows, wrists, knees, and ankles to decrease inflammation, which can subsequently decrease pain. Cortisone injections usually work within a few days, and the effects can last up to several weeks.
Viscosupplementation therapy is an appropriate treatment for people with knee arthritis that has failed to respond to more conservative therapy. During the procedure, a solution of hyaluronic acid is injected directly into the knee joint to restore the cushioning and lubricating properties of normal joint fluid. It is useful for people who are trying to delay surgery or are not candidates for knee replacement surgery.
Viscosupplementation injections are typically given weekly for 3 or 4 weeks. They can reduce pain, improve mobility, and enable a higher and more comfortable level of activity.
If you have a sports-related injury that needs urgent attention during our regular office hours, we can see you right away. With same-day appointments available, you can avoid long waits at the emergency department and receive treatment fast.
From broken bones to sprains, our board-certified orthopedic surgeons and professional staff are ready to treat you right away with sports medicine urgent care. For a same-day appointment, call our toll-free Sports Injury Hotline at 1-866-721-SPORTS.
At Advanced Orthopedics, we use powerful health information technologies to provide you with state-of-the-art care. The government initiative for physicians to adopt electronic health technologies is based in part on a consensus belief that electronic health records allow for more efficient, safer, and higher quality of care.
While only about 1.5% of U.S. hospitals have a comprehensive electronic health record system, Advanced Orthopedics uses a highly advanced electronic medical record and a digital X-ray system. Our electronic radiographic data is backed up every night on an offsite secure server, so your data is always safe and accessible.
We are also proud that our electronic health technologies minimize our impact on the environment. Our Saint Louis office is nearly paperless. When you come into our office, you will enter your personal history data directly into our computer system, minimizing paper waste. With our digital X-ray system, there is no need to use film or developer materials. You will review your X-rays and MRIs with the physicians in your exam room on a computer monitor.
If you need a copy of your images, we can burn them to a CD for you to take with you. We also receive all our faxes electronically, further reducing the use of paper.