General orthopedics is a branch of orthopedics that can address most orthopedic needs of a patient (see list below) and is often the best place for a patient to start. Primary care physicians frequently send orthopedic patients to a general orthopedic physician. In some cases, the general orthopedic surgeon will refer the patient to an orthopedic sub-specialist.
Typical Ages of Patients
By definition, there is not a typical age range for general orthopedic patients. Andrews Institute regularly sees patients from middle school age through senior citizens for a wide variety of ailments and injuries.
There is a long list of injuries or types of pain that may lead you to seek out a general orthopaedic physician. Those include, but are not limited to:
- Arthritis of the hip, knee or shoulder
- Arthroplasty of the hip, knee or shoulder
- Rotator cuff tears
- Joint pain
- Shoulder dislocation/instability
- Knee injuries
- Meniscal tears
- Other ligament injuries
- Patella dislocations
- Fractures including clavicle, wrist, patella and ankle.
- Carpal tunnel
- Trigger digits
- Meniscal injuries
- Biceps pain
- And more
What to Expect
From a patient’s first visit to their last, the continuum of care at Andrews Institute is second to none. First visits typically consist of a history review of the chief complaint, X-rays if appropriate, plan for treatment (physical therapy, injections, surgery, specialty consults) and further workup (MRI, CT, labs, etc.).
From there, physicians and their teams work closely with the patients to come up with a plan that will serve them best, long term.