Orthopedics is a branch of medicine focused on diagnosing and treating problems that affect your musculoskeletal system. At Optimum Medical in Newport Beach, California, orthopedic surgeon Ryan A. Fan, M.D., specializes in orthopedic surgery. If joint, muscle, or ligament pain is affecting the quality of your life, call or use the online booking tool to make an appointment today.
The field of orthopedics addresses common musculoskeletal problems affecting your joints, bones, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Many people associate orthopedics with surgery, but not all orthopedists are orthopedic surgeons.
In the United States, orthopedic problems are the most common reason to seek medical care. It’s estimated that 1 in 7 Americans lives with some type of orthopedic condition.
The team at Optimum Medical diagnoses and treats a number of orthopedic conditions, including:
Orthopedics also addresses fractures, joint pain, and common sports-related injuries like sprains and ACL tears.
Slipped discs aren’t the only cause of back pain, and chronic shoulder pain isn’t always caused by a torn rotator cuff. The only way to pinpoint the underlying cause of your discomfort is to meet with trained orthopedic specialists like the team at Optimum Medical.
During your initial consultation, your provider does a thorough physical exam, reviews your medical history, and asks you about the symptoms you’re experiencing. Depending on the nature of your problem, your doctor might also ask you to stand up, sit down, and walk around the exam room to observe your gait and posture.
If these measures don’t provide adequate information, your doctor could order diagnostic imaging like a digital X-ray or an ultrasound. Both of these procedures take images of your bones, joints, and soft tissue which can provide further insights for treatment.
Your doctor takes all of this information into account and formulates a treatment plan based on your individual needs.
Treating orthopedic injuries depends on the underlying cause and severity of your discomfort.
For example, if you sprain your ankle, your Optimum Medical provider can recommend conservative measures like taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs), and using rest, ice, compression, and elevation (the RICE protocol) to gain some relief.
More serious problems like scoliosis, sciatica, or a dislocated shoulder often require a combination of conservative treatments and physical therapy. Physical therapy involves light stretching and exercise to build strength, relieve inflammation, and encourage circulation. If you break a bone or tear a ligament, the team will also prescribe splints, casts, or custom orthotics.
If your problems still persist after more conservative treatments, surgery would be necessary. The team can refer you to a qualified orthopedic surgeon in the area.
Don’t let musculoskeletal pain prevent you from participating in the activities you love. To learn more about the benefits of orthopedic treatment, call or use the online booking tool to make an appointment at Optimum Medical today.