You're all too familiar with pain if you have a sports injury, a broken bone or chronic neck or back pain. Or maybe it's arthritis that has caused so much damage that bone is rubbing on bone, resulting in the need for a joint replacement.
Orthopedic experts at HonorHealth can help you return to living the active, pain-free life you want. You'll receive personalized treatment based on your unique lifestyle and healthcare needs.
Orthopedic doctors, surgeons, trauma care experts and other specialists at HonorHealth diagnose and treat virtually all conditions of the musculoskeletal system. This includes adult and pediatric orthopedic injuries and disorders affecting the bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons, nerves and cartilage.
You'll find a multidisciplinary, evidence-based approach to orthopedic care at HonorHealth. In addition to coordinating with your primary care physician, your orthopedic surgeon will collaborate with a team of healthcare professionals trained in orthopedic medicine. Among those who may be involved in your care are:
- Physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians.
- Nurses trained in orthopedics.
- Physical therapists.
- Occupational therapists.
- Pain management physicians.
Many orthopedic surgeons on the medical staff at HonorHealth have advanced their education to include fellowship training in their chosen areas of practice, such as orthopedic care of the knees, hips, shoulders, neck and back, feet and ankles hands and wrists, and trauma.
The orthopedic expertise at HonorHealth includes orthopedic oncology to treat sarcomas and other cancers of the bone as well as orthopedic trauma care at HonorHealth's John C. Lincoln, Scottsdale Osborn, and Deer Valley medical centers. These Level I trauma centers serve as local and regional referral sites for traumatic orthopedic injuries.
Choosing the right treatment
Your team of experts will tailor a treatment plan that targets the exact source of your pain to alleviate symptoms and improve your overall quality of life.
Prior to beginning treatment, your doctor will get to know you, your healthcare needs and your treatment goals. You'll learn about your specific therapy or procedure to ensure that you fully understand the treatment, recovery process, limitations or restrictions, and expected outcomes.
While surgery is sometimes the only treatment option for an orthopedic injury or condition, it's rarely the first option at HonorHealth. Instead, your care team will explore nonsurgical treatments ranging from:
- Supervised physical therapy.
- Lifestyle modifications.
- Injection therapy.
If surgery is the right option for you, your orthopedic surgeon will leverage the latest techniques and other advanced medical technologies to ensure optimal results.
Advanced treatment technologies
Orthopedic surgeons at HonorHealth have access to advanced medical and surgical technologies, including in medical imaging and surgical technologies. Some of these devices provide a 3D, real-time view of the surgical area. This increases surgical precision and helps minimize disruption and/or damage to nearby healthy bone and tissue. Other benefits of these improved techniques and technologies include:
- Less blood loss.
- Shorter hospital stays.
- Better pain management.
- Reduced need for opioids and other pain medications.
Surgery and recovery
HonorHealth has dedicated operating rooms designed and staffed specifically for orthopedics. You'll also benefit from:
- Anesthesiologists trained in the unique needs of orthopedic patients.
- Operating room nurses and technicians who work only with orthopedic surgeons.
- Care from a surgical team familiar with treating orthopedic injuries and other conditions.
- Post-operative inpatient care on a floor that serves only orthopedic patients. Here, nurses and support staff trained in orthopedic recovery, will work with you and your doctor to get you moving as quickly and safely as possible.
- Rehabilitation, a crucial part of the orthopedic recovery process. Rehab will start almost immediately whether you're treated in an outpatient surgery setting that lets you go home the same day or if you stay in the hospital for observation following surgery.
In the hospital, you may work with orthopedic nurses, physical therapists and other caregivers who will help you get up and walking, usually within 24 hours of surgery.
Rehabilitation outside of the hospital may be done at an outpatient physical therapy location in the Valley, at your doctor's office or somewhere else. Regardless of the location, your orthopedic surgeon will be kept informed of your progress and, if necessary, will make adjustments along the way.