Orthopedics Diagnosis and Treatment
There are so many ways you enjoy spending time. There's no reason to let joint, back and muscle pain get in your way. The specialists at The Orthopaedic Institute at University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center (UM SJMC) have the expertise and understanding not only to treat your problem, but also to help you get back to spending your days and nights doing what you love.
Our physicians and staff of specialists offer treatments that are at the forefront of the field. They can address the full range of bone, muscle, and joint problems, customizing each patient's treatment plan. Our goal is to give you back your freedom – to go where you want and do what you want, not just make it through the day.
UM SJMC offers the treatment options and expertise you'd find at a much larger institution combined with personal attention and a staff that is dedicated to the care and comfort of each patient.
The best treatment begins with careful diagnosis. MRI, CT scans, ultrasound exams, X-rays, and other state-of-the-art tools are used to diagnose your orthopaedic problem.
Treatment for Arthritic Joints
We begin with a conservative approach to arthritis pain. We perform advanced repairs for patients with common but debilitating knee injuries due to damaged cartilage. When needed, we perform the most advanced joint replacement surgery for knees, hips, and shoulders, as well as revision of previously replaced joints, to achieve the most active lifestyle possible.
Our specialists match the replacement to suit each patient’s needs. Age, activity level, and other factors are considered for a customized fit. Shoulder specialties range from rotator cuff repairs to shoulder replacements, which are made of similar state-of-the-art materials as hip and knee replacements.
We are a major center for spine and scoliosis surgery, offering a complete spectrum of treatment for problems including injuries, tumors, and developmental irregularities.
Our highly experienced physicians and staff are leaders in the research and development of spinal surgery. Treatment is tailored for each patient and ranges from conservative medical and physical therapy to the latest surgical options. Our spine specialists have helped hundreds of thousands of people who suffered from a wide range of back pain and spine conditions regain their quality of life. Conditions include:
Adolescent and Adult Scoliosis
Young people receive accurate diagnosis with a minimum of X-rays and may be fitted with a brace to straighten the curve. Large curves or those that progress will require surgery. Spinal surgeons look at the entire spinal architecture, offering custom solutions. Adult can suffer scoliosis, too, often in conjunction with stenosis. This is usually a very complex condition that our experienced specialists address with the utmost skill and careful planning.
Cervical Herniated Disc
This common problem can be treated non-surgically or may require advanced surgical procedures, including minimally invasive surgery or cervical discectomy and fusion or disc replacement.
Lumbar Herniated Disc
A ruptured disc, also called a herniation, can cause debilitating back pain. Treatments range from injections to micro-dissection, in which disc fragments are carefully removed.
This common degenerative condition is treated conservatively at first, including nonsurgical care, physical therapy, and injections. For severe cases, a laminectomy can be performed, which involves removing parts of the bone that are putting pressure on the nerves.