General Orthopaedics Specialist

Austin Shoulder Institute

Orthopedic Surgeons & Shoulder Specialists located in North Austin, Austin, TX & Austin, Cedar Park, TX

Dr. Graham and Dr. Szerlip are top orthopaedic surgeons in Texas, providing advanced general orthopaedics care and treatment for patients in North Austin and throughout the surrounding areas, including Round Rock and Cedar Park, TX.

General Orthopaedics Q & A

What is orthopaedics?

Orthopaedics is the branch of medicine that focuses on the care and treatment of the musculoskeletal system, including the joints and bones. An orthopaedist is trained in treating all sorts of musculoskeletal injuries and diseases, including fractures, sprains, ligament and tendon tears and injuries, joint dysfunction, osteoarthritis and more. Orthopaedic surgeons can perform an array of minimally-invasive and traditional surgical procedures, including joint repair and replacement, ACL repair and reconstruction, arthroscopy and more. Plus, an orthopaedist can help you avoid future injury by providing you with education and guidance that can help you learn how to move in ways that reduce injurious stress and strain.

What happens during an orthopaedic evaluation?

First, your medical history will be taken and you'll have a chance to discuss your symtpoms. A physical exam will help evaluate the affected area, and passive and active motions like bending, stretching or twisting may be used to help “zero in” on the pain or other symptoms to help determine their possible cause. You may also need to have imaging studies like x-rays or MRIs. Once your condition has been diagnosed, you'll learn about all your treatment options so you can make the decision that's best for you.

What is arthroscopic surgery?

Arthroscopy is a technique that uses a device called an arthroscope to look inside your joints, and sometimes, to perform procedures. The arthroscope is a thin, flexible instrument with a small camera on one end. By inserting the scope into your joint through a small incision, the doctor can evaluate your joint for damage as well as performing many types of surgery to repair joints. Arthroscopy is associated with faster recovery times and fewer potential complications than traditional techniques that use larger incisions, but it can't be used for every type of surgery.

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