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Orthopaedic Procedures

If you suffer an orthopaedic injury, a musculoskeletal condition, or the degenerative effects of arthritis, we can help. Olympic Medical Physicians (OMP) Orthopaedic Clinic in Port Angeles and Sequim specializes in the following orthopaedic services and procedures:

  • Cortisone Injections:  knees, shoulders, hands, elbows, ankles
  • Viscosupplement Injections: knees
  • Carpal Tunnel and Trigger Finger
  • Fracture Care:  reductions, splints, casts
  • Total Joint Replacement:  shoulders, hips, knees
  • Arthroscopic Surgeries:  shoulder (rotator cuff repair, labrum/capsule repair, calcific tendonitis) and knee (meniscal repairs/excisions, ACL reconstruction, tendon repairs)

Total Joint Replacement
Total joint replacement generally is recommended for older individuals, but advanced ceramic and other implant technologies available at Olympic Medical now make artificial joints a good option for younger patients as well.

Arthroscopic Surgeries
Arthroscopic — small, minimally invasive incision — procedures for the shoulder, elbow, ankle and knee also are available at Olympic Medical. Advantages of such procedures include less post-operative pain and reduced scarring. Patients undergoing arthroscopic procedures may experience a quicker return to activity compared to those who receive traditional, open surgery.

Using a sophisticated computer navigation system, surgeons can precisely pinpoint where to make bone resections during a total joint replacement. Surgeons also can create a custom cutting block for patients by entering information about a patient's joint into a computer, which creates an image on a screen that surgeons use as a guide.

"It's almost like a global positioning system [GPS] for the joint," says Loren Larson, MD, orthopaedic surgeon and medical director of the Olympic Medical Physicians Orthopaedic Clinic. "It gives the surgeon a greater level of precision."

Additional Information
For more details on orthopaedic injuries and diseases, and common procedures to treat them, please visit orthoinfo.aaos.org, presented by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS).

Managing Joint Pain

Osteoarthritis is the most common cause of joint pain and instability in older adults. The risk for osteoarthritis increases with age, and the effects on daily life may appear gradually.

People with osteoarthritis will experience pain and stiffness in the hands, neck, low back, hips and knees. Before discussing surgical options, a physician might recommend the following conservative treatments for osteoarthritis:

• Exercise can increase blood flow, flexibility and heart strength, as well as decrease pain and maintain weight. Try joint-friendly options, such as cycling, walking or water aerobics.

• Hot and cold treatments can help minimize pain. Heating pads, hot compresses or a hot shower can increase blood flow and reduce soreness, while cold packs can reduce inflammation. Ask your physician which treatment could best relieve your osteoarthitis pain.

• Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications treat inflammation and pain associated with osteoarthritis. Over-the-counter options include aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen and naproxen sodium. Ask your physician or pharmacist which option is right for you.

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