Providence | Warwick | Pawtucket |
Lincoln | Attleboro, MA
P: (401) 729-2800
The staff of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine treats acute, chronic and traumatic disorders of the musculoskeletal system, including:
Achilles Tendon Problems
Achilles tendon repair can be needed for an injury or tendonitis. The Achilles tendon is the largest in the human body and the one most commonly ruptured and injured. Injury can result from inadequate stretching before exercise or wearing shoes that don’t fit well, especially when the heel counter strikes the back of the Achilles tendon on the heel bone. Tendonitis can respond to six to eight weeks of physical therapy, wearing night splints or heel lifts, and taking anti-inflammatory medication. If persistent Achilles tendonitis does not respond after three to six months of this treatment, surgery can help.
This surgery involves replacing the ball and socket of the hip joint with a stem that fits into the thigh bone (femur), a ball that replaces the head of the femoral bone, and a cup that replaces the socket. Advances in the last few decades – including new bearing surfaces and in growth surfaces - have significantly reduced concerns that the pieces loosen and wear. Modern femoral stems are lasting at 100 percent for 10 to 20 years, making total hip replacements an effective procedure regardless of age, diagnosis or body mass index.
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This procedure is highly effective for patients with severe knee pain secondary to osteoarthritis, trauma or rheumatoid arthritis. We can replace up to three surfaces during surgery - the end of the femur, the top surface of the lower leg bone (tibia) and the undersurfaces of the kneecap.
Labral tear repair fixes tears in the labrum, a soft tissue surrounding the shoulder socket that helps stabilize the joint. The labrum deepens the socket by up to 50 percent and is the site where several ligaments attach to the socket. When a shoulder dislocates, the ball of the joint comes out of the socket and often tears the labrum. This should be repaired to stabilize the shoulder. Studies show that 50 percent of young patients who tear their labrum with a shoulder dislocation will continue to experience instability if the tear is not repaired. We use arthroscopic technology to repair labral tears.
Rotator Cuff Disorders
Rotator cuff repair is often needed when the rotator cuff, a series of four muscles deep in your shoulder joint that fine-tune the motion of your shoulder, tears. About half the people who tear their rotator cuff can find relief with nonsurgical remedies - anti-inflammatory medication, physical therapy and/or cortisone injections - although research shows that the tears persist and 40 percent will grow within five years. When these remedies do not work, surgical repair of the tendon is often recommended. Recent advancements have allowed for even large rotator cuff tears to be repaired with arthroscopic technology on an outpatient basis with excellent results.
Other Conditions We Treat
- ACL injuries.
- Cartilage transplantation.
- Knee injuries.
- Knee ligament reconstruction.
- Shoulder injuries.
- Throwing injuries.