Orthopedic doctors, called orthopedists, take care of bones and joints. This includes knee pain, total joint replacement, issues that impact your spine and more. You might need to see an orthopedist if you have arthritis or osteoporosis, or if you've had a recent sprain, strain or broken bone.
Orthopedic specialists in Nashville, Tennessee, and Bowling Green, Kentucky
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TriStar Health offer orthopedic surgeons in Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky. We specialize in everything from joint replacements to spine surgery.
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Bone and joint conditions we treat
The orthopedic conditions and injuries we provide treatment for include:
- Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears
- Back and neck pain
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Degenerative disc disease
- Foot and ankle injuries
- Hand and upper extremity injuries
- Herniated discs
- Knee, hip and shoulder pain
- Medial collateral ligament (MCL) tears
- Spinal stenosis
- Spinal tumors
- Tendon tears and injuries
- Work-related injuries
Our orthopedic services and treatments
Our family of hospitals adheres to the highest standards of excellence in orthopedic care. We are proud to offer you accredited treatment for bone and joint issues.
Many other factors set us apart for orthopedic care. We offer:
Our orthopedic doctors also use advanced tools and technologies to refine your diagnosis and create a treatment plan tailored to your needs. An diagnosis typically starts with a physical exam, which includes testing your back, joints and limbs for strength, flexibility, sensation and reflexes.
After a physical exam, your physician may use diagnostic imaging procedures, such as ultrasounds, X-rays, computerized tomography (CT) scans and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans, as a way to take a deeper look at what is causing your pain or injury.
Additional bone and joint tests we perform
To better diagnose or understand your condition, we may also use:
- Arthroscopy — During this minor surgical procedure, a thin, lighted tube (arthroscope) is used to examine an orthopedic issue.
- Bone density testing — We offer dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) scans, a special type of X-ray, to determine your bone mass and risk of osteoporosis.
- Electromyograms (EMGs) — Tiny currents are used to stimulate muscles. When the nerves connecting to muscles are damaged, the muscles give off abnormal signals.
Orthopedic surgeons may recommend surgical care for bone and joint conditions that do not respond to other treatments. If this happens, you will also meet with a physical therapist to discuss postoperative rehabilitation and complete additional tests.
As part of our commitment to patient safety and staying on the forefront of technology, we perform minimally invasive procedures, including robotic surgery, whenever possible.
Arthroscopic knee and shoulder surgery
An arthroscope is more than a diagnostic tool. Your orthopedic surgeon may also perform a minimally invasive arthroscopic procedure to repair a damaged bone, muscle or joint. Arthroscopic knee surgery, for example, can be used to repair a torn meniscus (trauma caused by the knee joint twisting). Similarly, arthroscopic shoulder surgery can be used to treat arthritis or rotator cuff tears.
Joint replacement surgery
If you have chronic joint pain, joint replacement could be an option for you. During a joint replacement, an orthopedic surgeon removes parts of a damaged or arthritic joint and replaces those parts with a prosthesis (artificial joint).
Total and partial joint replacement procedures performed at our hospitals include:
- Hip replacement
- Knee replacement
- Shoulder replacement
Spine, back and neck care
Our patients receive specialized spine care for issues causing back or neck pain. Interventional spine treatments include steroid injections and minimally invasive orthopedic surgery.
We are well-equipped to treat orthopedic conditions often related to athletics or active lifestyles. Our sports medicine specialists treat injuries and conditions such as:
- Fractures and sprains
- Knee ligament tears or strains
- Pulled muscles
- Rotator cuff tears
- Shin splints
Physical therapy and rehabilitation
Dedicated physical therapists will help you reach your goals after orthopedic surgery. You may also benefit from physical therapy to manage pain or to treat injuries or conditions that do not require surgery. Either way, we tailor rehabilitation to your unique needs, ensuring our inpatient and outpatient physical therapy and rehabilitation services help you regain maximum mobility and return to an active lifestyle.
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