Far Oaks Orthopedists specializes in orthopedic care and sports medicine in Dayton, Ohio, and the surrounding communities. Our staff provides comprehensive orthopedic services including orthopedic surgery, joint replacement, hip arthroscopy and hip surgery, X-Ray and sports medicine. Our licensed professionals specialize in all areas of musculoskeletal problems including industrial and sports related injuries such as ACL Tears, fractures, shoulder pain, and shoulder surgery. Many of our areas of specialization include sports medicine and industrial injuries, osteoarthritis, adult reconstruction, and total joint replacement. X-ray: also called radiography, is a painless medical test that uses ionizing radiation to create images of the skeleton. This enables orthopedists to determine whether a bone of the skeleton has been fractured, a joint is dislocated, whether there is a build-up of fluid in the joint, to locate foreign objects, to guide orthopedic surgery such as a spinal repair, joint replacement and fracture reductions, or to evaluate changes and healing in bones. X-rays are the most frequently used medical technology in the history of medicine. Far Oaks Orthopedists imaging staff are all registered and licensed Radiologic Technologists. The imaging staff combined has more than 50 years of experience. Our radiologic technologists are qualified to produce quality images with compassion and the gentleness required for orthopedic problems. Physical Therapy: is a way of treating disorders that affect the muscles, bones, ligaments and tendons—the musculoskeletal system—as well as rehabilitate patients post orthopedic surgery. Joint mobilizations, strength training, hot/cold packs, and electrical stimulation are a few means of physical therapy in the orthopedic setting. Orthopedic physical therapists are trained in the treatment of postoperative joints, acute sports injuries, arthritis, and amputations, just to name a few. Joint Replacement Services: If a joint is damaged and must be replaced, an orthopedic surgeon will perform this surgery. Replacing a joint relieves pain, loosens movement and lessens stiffness. Joints that can be replaced include the shoulders, fingers, ankles, and elbows. Hips and knees are replaced most often. Joints can be damaged through arthritis, diseases, injuries, or even years of hard use may cause the joint to wear away. Often diseases and damage inside a joint can limit blood flow causing pain, stiffness, and swelling. A new joint is called prosthesis and can be made of plastic, metal, or both. Typically, the surgeon will not remove the entire joint, but will replace or fix only the damaged parts. To keep the new joint in place and encourage your bone to grow into it, sometimes the joint may need to be cemented into place A cemented joint is used more often in older people who do not move around as much or in people with weak bones. The cement holds the new joint to the bone. An uncemented joint is often recommended for younger, more active people and those with good bone quality. It may take longer to heal, because it takes longer for bone to grow and attach to it. New joints generally last around 10 to 15 years. Therefore, younger patients may need to have the same damaged joint replaced more than once. Nutrition Services: Good nutrition is important to staying well. All patients are screened for nutrition risk during admission to prioritize their needs. The orthopedist will order nutrition services for patients who then work with a dietitian. After diet analysis and assessment, a dietitian will present an eating plan that meets unique and individualized needs for disease-specific nutritional issues, treatment complications or recovery from surgery. The dietitian’s goal is to make recovery shorter and more pleasant as well as provide proper nutrition to improve quality of life, even after discharge or between hospitalizations. Your healing success depends a lot on your ability to follow your diet plan, take your medications and exercise. If you are not meeting your nutritional goals, it is important to sit down with your dietitian and discuss changes to your program. Outpatient Surgery: also referred to as ambulatory surgery, is surgery that does not require an overnight hospital stay. Patients may go home after being released following surgery and time spent in the recovery room. Due to increased technological advances in surgical instruments such as the arthroscope and laparoscope, more orthopedists are performing surgery in outpatient settings, primarily ambulatory clinics or surgical centers. Sports Medicine: is treatment to prevent, diagnose and rehabilitate injuries related to or caused by sports or exercise. Treatment options depend on the severity and location of the injury. The most common sports injury treatment includes braces and supports that can help compensate for an injured joint and support weak muscles. Another common treatment is rehabilitation or physical therapy either as primary treatment or as an adjunct to another treatment such as surgery. Medications and injections are frequently used to treat sports injury. The most commonly used injection is intra-articular corticosteroids, a medication that is easily given with few side effects. Surgery is used for treatment of many sports related orthopedic problems. In some cases, inpatient /outpatient surgery is recommended as initial treatment, but most often surgery is used when other treatments fail to relieve symptoms. Our sports medicine team includes orthopedic physicians and surgeons, athletic trainers or coaches, physical therapists, as well as the athlete. Because of the competitive nature of sports, a primary focus of sports medicine is the rapid recovery of patients, which drives many innovations in the field. Viscosupplementation: A relatively new procedure, Viscosupplementation injects a preparation of hyaluronic acid into the knee joint. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance found in the synovial (joint) fluid. It acts as a lubricant to enable bones to move smoothly over each other and as a shock absorber for joint loads. Viscosupplementation may be a therapeutic option for individuals with osteoarthritis—a disease marked by lower-than-normal concentration of hyaluronic acid in the joints. Intra-articular Corticosteroids: are medications injected directly into areas such as inflamed joints or tendons. Corticosteroids act on the immune system by blocking the production of substances that trigger allergic and inflammatory actions. This injection method allows orthopedists to treat patients with high doses of corticosteroids directly at the site of inflammation. Since it is localized, the rest of the body is spared the high concentration of the drug. Though this treatment does not provide immediate pain relief, patients usually notice more flexibility and less pain in the affected joint or tendon in a few days. Corticosteroids are widely used for many orthopedic conditions such as arthritis. Medical Staff Services: Far Oaks Orthopedists medical staff is not just the friendly face that checks you in, they provide valuable assistance to our physicians and important patient services. Our medical staff performs a wide range of responsibilities such as fitting and application of durable medical braces, application and removal of casts, and application of dressings. Our medical staff works directly with patients while calling in medications, assisting with medical problems over the phone, and ordering equipment for patients with special needs. The medical staff also may set up injections and aspirations as well as perform special procedures such removing pins, external fixations, sutures and staples.