When people think of orthopaedics, they often think of hip surgery or broken limbs that need to be fixed. While these are often what patients see an orthopaedist for, the specialty offers so much more.
The orthopaedic specialty encompasses the entire musculoskeletal system. Our bones, cartilage, muscles, tendons and ligaments all work together to offer our bodies stability, range of motion and structure for our other bodily systems.
Whether by accident, overuse, or long-term wear and tear, breakdowns happen. Enter our orthopaedic specialists.
Our orthopaedic program, which includes three expert surgeons, helps patients heal and return to a quality of life with the support of other high quality Portage Health services including the Sports Medicine Institute, Physical Therapy and Diagnostics.
While evaluating pain levels, testing range of motion and getting an accurate patient history are vital in knowing the extent of an injury, being able to “see” inside the body provides insight into the extent and severity of an injury. Portage Health’s radiology department touts some of the most advanced diagnostic equipment available. X-rays, MRI and ultrasounds are routinely ordered to offer accurate diagnosis. Other diagnostic tests that your physician may order can include blood tests and biopsies to count certain elements within a person’s body. For example, a blood test may be ordered to measure sedimentary calcium to determine the type of arthritis a patient has to better prescribe a course of action.
Rehabilitation is an integral part in any injury or surgical recovery. Without a sufficient recovery program in place, your range of motion will be limited, and your recovery will be slow. Our rehab team works with our orthopaedists to prescribe a custom-fit rehab program to your individual needs.
And, of course, a truly beneficial recovery can only happen when the patient is an active participant in the care, recovery, rehabilitation and long-term health of their musculoskeletal system.
NFL Orthopedic Surgeon joins Portage Health
Going from the NFL sidelines to Portage Health Hospital in Hancock is quite the change for Dr. Christopher Peer. But the orthopedic surgeon from Vermont is already keeping busy with his new patients.
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