General orthopedics involves the diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and prevention of injuries and diseases affecting the bones, joints, ligaments, tendons and muscles within the body. Orthopedic conditions may be acute, such as fractures, sprains or strains; or chronic, such as arthritis, tendonitis and more, and may result in pain, stiffness, swelling, immobility and other troubling symptoms that tend to worsen over time.
Dr. Weiss treats a wide range of orthopedic conditions using conservative, alternative and surgical means depending on each patient's individual needs. Many conditions require ongoing management in order to relieve symptoms and allow patients to function in their everyday lives. With advanced training and years of experience, Dr. Weiss is often seen for both initial consultations and second opinions.
The structures within the musculoskeletal system, including the bones, joints, ligaments, tendons and other tissues, are highly susceptible to damage caused by trauma from accidents, injuries and other incidents, and may lead to fractures, sprains, strains and other serious conditions. Dr. Weiss and his staff provide comprehensive trauma care for all types of conditions from initial emergency treatment through to recovery.
Treatment for traumatic injuries varies depending on the type, severity and location of the injury, but may include casting, bracing or surgery. After treatment is completed, patients will usually need to undergo physical therapy and/or rehabilitation in order to restore strength and flexibility to the treated area. These programs are customized for each patient's individual needs to ensure the most effective results.
Children with orthopedic conditions require special care that takes into consideration their bones, joints and muscles for effective treatment that does not affect the growth and development process. Dr. Weiss is specially trained in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of pediatric orthopedic conditions, and works together with parents and children to ensure a happy and healthy development for all patients.
There are a variety of orthopedic conditions that specifically impact children and teens, including congenital abnormalities, childhood disease, fractures, and other conditions of the upper and lower extremities. Treatment for pediatric conditions may include exercises, casting, orthotics, physical therapy and surgery, depending on each patient’s individual case.
Sports medicine is a subspecialty of orthopedics that deals with the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries suffered during athletic activity. The goal of treatment is to heal and rehabilitate the injury so patients can return to their favorite activities quickly, whether it's Little League, recreational play or a high school, college or professional sport.
Because of the frequent use, wear-and-tear and risk of a fall or accident associated with sports activities, athletes are often susceptible to orthopedic injuries, including a stress fracture, chronic pain, or a tearing or stretching or internal structures. Different activities place different areas at a higher risk for damage, so it's important to take the necessary precautions to protect yourself while playing sports. Treatment for these conditions may involve surgery, orthotics, physical therapy and rest.
As with a sports team, there are many physicians who work together to help the patient regain maximum use of the injured limb or joint. "Players" on the team are typically the physician, orthopedic surgeon, rehabilitation specialist, athletic trainer and physical therapist - and the patient him/herself. Dr. Weiss has specialized training in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of sports injuries, and can help athletes return to their favorite activities as quickly as possible through the most advanced, minimally invasive treatments available.
Common injuries treated include:
- ACL Tears
- Compartment Syndrome
- Heat Exhaustion
- Muscle Contusions (Bruise)
- Muscle Cramps
- Shin Splints
- Sprains & Strains
- Stress Fractures
- Torn Tendons & Ligaments
It is important to seek proper medical care at the first sign of a sports injury, as continued use and activity can lead to even more damage. We understand your desire to return to physical activity as soon as possible, and offer a wide range of treatment options to heal your injury and protect you from future injuries as well.
Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that allows doctors to diagnose and sometimes treat joint injuries and disease through small incisions in the skin. It is often performed to confirm a diagnosis made after a physical examination and other imaging tests such as MRI, CT or X-rays. During an arthroscopic procedure, a thin fiberoptic light, magnifying lens and tiny television camera are inserted into the problem area, allowing the doctor to examine the joint in great detail.
For some patients it is then possible to treat the problem using this approach or with a combination of arthroscopic and "open" surgery. Sports injuries are often repairable with arthroscopy. Tendon tears in the knee are frequently repaired in this way. Other potentially treatable injuries include torn cartilage or ligaments, inflamed joint lining, carpal tunnel syndrome, rotator cuff tears, and loose bone or cartilage.
Because it is minimally invasive, arthroscopy offers many benefits to the patient over traditional surgery:
- No cutting of muscles or tendons
- Less bleeding during surgery
- Less scarring
- Smaller incisions
- Faster recovery and return to regular activities
- Faster and more comfortable rehabilitation
Arthroscopy is not appropriate for every patient. Dr. Weiss will discuss the diagnostic and treatment options that are best for you.
In order to prevent sports injuries from occurring, it is important for athletes to take care of themselves before, during and after physical activity. This helps to ensure long-term athletic health. Some of the most effective injury prevention tips include:
- Staying hydrated
- Taking time to rest
- Don't work out on an empty stomach
- Warm up before exercising
- Gradually increasing activity level
Athletes should see a doctor on a regular basis to ensure that they are performing at their peak level and to detect any problems in their earliest stages. Continuing to exercise or play sports with an injury can significantly worsen the severity of the condition