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Treatment Plans

After a comprehensive evaluation of the disorder, the orthopaedist will make recommendations for a treatment plan, based on some of the following criteria:

  • your age, overall health, and medical history
  • extent of the disease, injury, or condition
  • your tolerance for specific medications, procedures, or therapies
  • expectations for the course of the disease, injury, or condition
  • your opinion or preference

For most orthopaedic disorders and injuries, there is more than one form of treatment that may be appropriate. Thus, many treatment plans involve a combination or progression of some of the following:

  • rest
  • medical counseling
  • medication
  • immobilization
  • physical therapy
  • occupational therapy
  • rehabilitative therapy
  • exercise
  • activity modifications
  • casts and splints
  • crutches, canes and walkers
  • braces and orthotics
  • procedures, such as arthroscopy
  • surgery, such as joint replacement and transplants

Listed in the directory below you will find additional information regarding treatment plans for many orthopaedic conditions, for which we have provided a brief overview.

If you cannot find the information in which you are interested, please visit the Orthopaedic Surgery Online Resources page in this Web site for an Internet/World Wide Web address that may contain additional information on that topic.

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