Living with pain or an injury can affect every aspect of your life and keep you from doing the things you love. You need care from an expert provider with in-depth knowledge and experience in adult orthopedic surgery and treatments to alleviate your discomfort and get you back to your life as quickly as possible.
At South Island Orthopedics, our highly skilled team of orthopedic specialists understands the intricacies of the musculoskeletal system and provides diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, and prevention of a variety of orthopedic problems. From joint replacements and repairs to broken bones and arthritis, our experts provide care for patients of all ages. This includes serving residents from Nassau and Suffolk counties on Long Island, New York, and the surrounding boroughs, including Brooklyn, Queens, and Manhattan with the highest standard of orthopedic care.
Common Issues in Adult Orthopedics
Although hundreds of conditions can cause problems with the musculoskeletal system (which, after all, consists of 206 bones and over 600 muscles along with tendons, ligaments, and soft tissue), some are especially common.
Our orthopedic specialists treat the following musculoskeletal-related conditions in adults:
- Back pain
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Bone fractures
- Knee problems
- Shoulder problems
- Tendon and ligament tears
- Sports injuries
When to Make an Appointment with an Orthopedic Specialist
If you have an injury or ongoing pain, your primary care provider may refer you to an orthopedic doctor for specialized care.
Signs that you should make an appointment with an orthopedic specialist include:
- An injury to the soft tissue that worsens within 48 hours
- Chronic joint or bone pain that lasts longer than three months
- Limited mobility in one or more joints
- You feel unstable or shaky while walking
- Joint instability
- A broken bone, severe sprain, or other apparent injuries
- Obvious deformity in the bones or joints
- Pain or stiffness that interferes with your daily activities
During your visit, you can expect the doctor to go over your complete medical history, discuss your specific symptoms and what you have done to alleviate them, and a thorough examination. The doctor may also order imaging tests, including X-ray, MRI, and CT scans, for a closer look at your muscles, bones, and joints to make an accurate diagnosis.
Treating Common Adult Orthopedic Issues
There are nearly as many treatment options for orthopedic conditions as there are conditions themselves. When you work with the providers at South Island Orthopedics, you can expect some of the following treatments.
The bones of healthy joints have thick cartilage at their ends protected by the synovium— a fluid-filled capsule. However, age, overuse, and certain health conditions can damage the cartilage, causing swelling, inflammation, and pain in the joints, or arthritis. Although there are more than 100 different types of arthritis, the most common are osteoarthritis, which wears away at the bone-protecting cartilage, and rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease that attacks the synovium.
Arthritis is a degenerative disease that’s currently incurable, but it can be treated to increase function, relieve symptoms, and slow progression. Some of the most common treatments include:
- Anti-inflammatory medication
- Lifestyle changes, including increased exercise
- Support devices that relieve stress, such as splints, crutches, or canes
- Cortisone injections
- Joint replacement surgery
Knee and Hip Conditions
The knee may be the strongest joint in the body, but as an active, weight-bearing joint, it’s vulnerable to a range of injuries and conditions that cause severe pain and limit activity.
- Dislocated kneecap
- Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries
- Meniscus injuries
Although some knee conditions may be manageable with pain medication, physical therapy, and lifestyle changes, knee replacements and knee arthroscopic procedures are among the most common adult orthopedic surgeries. Orthopedic surgeons use minimally invasive arthroscopic tools to repair ligaments, realign kneecaps, and repair meniscus tears, among other procedures.
The hip joint is another common area for adult orthopedic surgery. In addition to hip replacements, orthopedic surgeons perform arthroscopic procedures to repair torn labrums or cartilage, remove bone spurs that restrict full range of motion, and remove loose bodies from the joint.
Shoulder injuries are common in adults due to overuse, sports (like tennis or golf), hard falls, or other traumatic injuries. Our team of surgeons may recommend surgery for common shoulder issues, including:
- Rotator cuff injuries
- Impingement syndrome
Although many shoulder surgeries are performed arthroscopically, shoulder joint replacements and some rotator cuff repairs require more invasive procedures.
When a joint is severely damaged due to a chronic disease or severe injury, the best way to restore function and eliminate pain is a full replacement. South Island Orthopedics’ doctors replace hip, knee, shoulder, and wrist joints.
In rare cases, the prosthesis used for joint replacement doesn’t work properly. Additional surgery to adjust or replace the prosthesis may be required.
Why Choose Specialists of SIO for Adult Orthopedic Surgery
Whether you have a degenerative disease that’s causing extreme pain or an acute injury that needs treatment, you want care from an expert provider. For residents of Suffolk and Nassau County and throughout Long Island, South Island Orthopedics offers the highest quality orthopedic care in a compassionate, welcoming environment where you are welcomed like family.
When you choose our team of specialists and orthopedic specialists, you can expect:
Accessed to Board-Certified Orthopedic Surgeons
Board certification indicates surgeons are committed to their specialty and the highest standards of care; all of South Island’s orthopedic surgeons are either board certified or eligible for certification.
Board certification is a voluntary process involving a five-year orthopedic residency, passing a standardized exam, and completing an oral exam. The oral exam involves presenting 12 surgical cases to a board of examiners, who evaluate a surgeon’s performance on critical areas such as handling of complications, ethics, and professionalism.
Board certification also requires written peer reviews from people the surgeon has worked with, including surgical staff. The process is rigorous and ensures that when you choose a board-certified surgeon, you can rest assured that you’ll be receiving the highest quality care.
Multiple Surgical Options
Although many patients find relief via non-surgical treatments like physical therapy, injections, and pain management, sometimes surgery is necessary. South Island Orthopedics is committed to the least invasive surgical procedures possible.
In fact, South Island’s orthopedic surgery team frequently performs procedures arthroscopically. An arthroscopy requires only small incisions, meaning there’s a lower risk of excessive bleeding, less pain and scarring, and a shorter recovery time.
Non-Surgical Care Options
Orthopedic care doesn’t always require surgery. Patients of South Island Ortho may find relief with conservative treatment plans, which include:
- Physical therapy
- Electro-stimulus treatments
- Heat/cold therapy
- Pain management
- Bracing, splinting, or other assistive devices
- Platelet-rich plasma injections
South Island Orthopedics puts patients first, and that means a commitment to the highest standards of care. All patients are treated as individuals and receive personalized care that addresses their unique condition, whether it involves a surgical procedure or not.
South Island Orthopedics Orthopedists Are Here to Help
Accessing the highest quality orthopedic surgeons on Long Island is easy thanks to South Island Orthopedics. Our two locations—in Cedarhurst, NY and Woodbury, NY—make it easy to see a doctor whether you live on the North or South Shore. We know you have a busy schedule, so we offer convenient office hours and same-day appointments for emergency or urgent care needs.
There’s no need to live with pain or limited mobility. Don’t hesitate to request an appointment with one of our orthopedists and experience the highest standard in orthopedic care.