Many orthopaedic issues are directly related to an injury, but there may be other factors that are causing you pain. The providers at Prairie Orthopaedic are well-versed in the complexities of orthopaedic care and work to provide each patient with an individualized treatment plan. Our clinicians will consider all treatment options, including the non-surgical and minimally-invasive, to meet the unique needs of every patient.
An orthopaedic condition and the related discomfort it is causing you may worsen over time if not treated. Simply performing daily activities can cause pain, especially in the hips, knees, shoulders, and elbows, to become more severe. Even if you feel your condition is not an emergency, there’s no reason to live with discomfort when there may be a simple and viable solution. Prairie Orthopaedic offers treatment and care for the following orthopaedic conditions that will allow you to regain full mobility and get back to a happy, healthy lifestyle!
The rotator cuff is a group of tendons that connect the upper arm to the shoulder blade that works to keep your arm in the shoulder socket and helps lift and rotate your arm. The rotator cuff is prone to tears caused by shoulder injury or progressive degeneration, which leads to pain or immobility of the shoulder. When one or more of the tendons are torn, it’s no longer fully attached. This process can begin by fraying and as damage progresses, the tendon can tear completely. Symptoms include pain at night, pain lifting and lowering your arm, weakness when lifting or rotating your arm, and a crackling sensation when moving your shoulder in certain positions. Treatment can prevent symptoms from getting worse; the goal is to reduce pain and restore function. Using your rotator cuff despite increasing pain can just make the tear get larger over time.
Shoulder instability is a condition in which the head of the upper arm bone slides around or completely slips out of its socket. It is often caused by repeat shoulder dislocations, and if left untreated, can lead to arthritis of the shoulder joint.
Sports injuries often occur accidentally, but can also be the result of poor training habits and improper gear. Common sports injuries include sprains and strains, shin splints, and knee injuries.
Nerve and Tendon Injuries
Nerve and tendons can sustain damage from pressure, stretching, or cutting. Symptoms include numbness, weakness, and pain. These injuries can be extremely painful and cause serious, irreversible damage if left untreated.
Tennis elbow is a condition caused by overuse of the arm, forearm, and hand muscles that result in pain in the elbow. Tennis elbow got its name because it is commonly found in tennis players, but the condition actually affects 1 to 3 percent of the entire overall population. Symptoms include pain or burning along the outside of the elbow and problems gripping items.
Total Hip Replacement
When a hip has been significantly damaged by arthritis, a fracture, or other conditions, a total hip replacement may be considered. In a total hip replacement, the damaged bone and cartilage is removed and then replaced with prosthetic components.
The ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) keeps the shin bone in place. When damaged, the ACL can cause the knee to give way during physical activity. ACL reconstruction is a surgery in which the damaged tissues in the ACL are removed and replaced.
A person who has a severely damaged knee due to arthritis or other conditions may need a total knee replacement. If severe knee pain or stiffness is taking away from your life, it’s time to consider a total knee replacement. Often times, only the surface of the bone, not the entire bone, is replaced with prosthetic components during this procedure.
Stenosing tenosynovitis, also known as trigger finger, is a condition in which one or more fingers get stuck in a bent position due to inflamed tendons. This is caused by prolonged repetitive movements or use of fingers or thumbs. The finger may suddenly straighten with a snap, like a trigger being pulled and released. Without proper treatment, the inflamed tendons can result in scarring that will limit the tendon’s ability to move properly.
Ganglion cysts are fluid-filled cysts that most commonly occur on the back of the wrist. Ganglion cysts can be identified by location (typically along tendons/joints on wrists/hands or ankles/feet), shape and size (round/oval less than an inch), and they are typically painless. Causes for these cysts are unknown, and while they are not cancerous, they can press on nerves causing pain and interfering with function.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition caused when pressure is exerted on the median nerve (a nerve that runs from forearm to the palm) in the wrist. This happens when the nerve passes through the “carpal tunnel” (a narrow passageway comprised of both bone and ligaments at the base of the hand) and the tunnel narrows and compresses the nerve. Those suffering from carpal tunnel experience numbness, tingling, and weakness in the hand.
Dupuytren contracture is a condition that occurs when knots of tissue form under the skin of the palm. This deformed tissue pulls the fingers into a bent position. This condition moves slowly over many years and in some cases can hinder hand function.
Arthritis is a common condition that causes pain and inflammation to the joints and the tissue surrounding the joints. Arthritis is characterized by swelling, pain, stiffness, and decreased range of motion. Arthritis affects over 50 million adults in the United States.
Osteoporosis is a disease that causes bones to become weak, brittle, and susceptible to fracture. Those who suffer from osteoporosis may experience back pain, loss of height, stooped posture, and easy/frequent bone fractures.
Fracture of the Shoulder or Elbow
Bone fractures are usually the result of a sports or accidental injury, but can also be caused by other serious conditions. Broken bones must be treated carefully to ensure proper healing and regained range of motion.
Total and Partial Shoulder Replacements
Shoulder replacements are less common than hip and knee replacements, but just as effective in relieving joint pain. Like other replacement surgeries, damaged bone and cartilage are removed and replaced with prosthetic components. Treatment can include replacing either just the head of the humerus bone or the head and the socket. Shoulder replacement is best for people who have failed to meaningfully improve their shoulder pain with other treatments, and find that severe shoulder pain takes away from their everyday life.
A tendon transfer is a surgical procedure in which a tendon-muscle unit is moved from one location to another. Tendon transfers are performed in order to restore function to damaged areas in, most commonly, the hands, feet, and shoulders.
Prairie Orthopaedics provides care for significant post-surgery and other open wounds in order to reduce swelling, redness, unwanted drainage, and other complications.
Hand reconstruction surgery is often necessary to restore function and mobility in the hands. The procedure may be performed on those who have been affected by traumatic crash injuries, finger detachment, nerve damage, arthritis, fractures, carpal tunnel syndrome, and others.
Congenital Hand Deformities
Congenital hand deformities are deformities in the hand that are present at birth. These deformities can include missing structures in the hand, structures in the hand that failed to separate, and fusions between hand tissues or bones.
Distal Radius Fractures
Distal radius fracture, or a broken wrist, is the most common fracture in the arm. Distal radius fractures usually happen as a result of a fall on an outstretched arm. These fractures are characterized by pain, swelling, bruising, and sometimes deformity of the wrist.
Forearm and Hand Fractures
Forearm and hand fractures are most often caused by direct impact to the area and may require a doctor to temporarily realign the bones. Proper healing ensures the patient regains full movement of the affected area.
Reconstructive microsurgery includes procedures that restore limb function through bone, muscle, and fat transfers. Microsurgeries are performed under a microscope and are very precise in nature.
Facial Trauma and Reconstruction
Reconstructive surgery is sometimes needed to repair facial trauma and improve the appearance of the face. Conditions that may require this kind of procedure include facial lacerations, fractured facial bones (cheek, nose, teeth), and fractured jaw bones.