Orthopedic conditions come in many forms. So do our services.
We are experts at providing the immediate surgical and medical care needed to treat fractures caused by all types of trauma. We also deliver the ongoing care necessary to ensure fractures heal properly once you go home. Learn more about our orthopedic trauma services.
Our experienced surgeons can correct many joint problems using minimally invasive procedures. But we can also replace severely arthritic or damaged joints with an orthopedic prosthesis designed to replicate the movement of a normal, healthy joint. Total joint replacements are considered when less invasive treatment cannot alleviate a problem. Learn more about our joint services.
We are practiced in conditions involving the hands and lower arms, including fingertip injuries, nerve lacerations, and ligament injuries. For example, we can correct Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, fix hand injuries like Rolando and Bennet fractures, and treat chronic conditions from the elbow to the fingertips. In many cases, we can perform repairs on an outpatient basis. Learn more about our hand and ortho plastic services.
Our team specializes in sprains, strains, and fractures of the foot and ankle. They can correct weaknesses and instability, repair complex foot and ankle fractures, and treat tendon injuries. Learn more about our foot and ankle services.
Our team of the best spine surgeons in Atlanta diagnoses back and neck issues and develops tailored treatment plans to relieve your pain. Orthopedic surgeons can also correct spinal deformities and muscle injuries affecting the back. We routinely treat conditions like cervical cord compression, herniated discs, nerve root compression, and degenerative disc diseases like spondylolysis, myelopathy, and stenosis. Learn more about our spine services.
Sports Medicine Surgery
Grady’s sports medicine surgeons are experts at minimally invasive and open surgical repairs to serious injuries typically caused by athletic or physical activities, including work-related injuries and conditions. They routinely work on:
- Shoulders. Grady orthopedic surgeons routinely perform Rotator Cuff surgery, repair subacromial impingements, fix bicep tendon issues, and make other repairs to shoulder injuries.
- Elbow. The team repairs ligament tears, tendinopathies, triceps tears, elbow stiffness, and peripheral nerve issues.
- Hip. Our surgeons can correct femoral acetabular impingement syndrome, hip labral tears, bursitis, hip instability, and other conditions.
- Knee. The team repairs ligament, ACL, MCL, and meniscus tears, cartilage injuries, patella and quad tendon pathologies, patellofemoral osteoarthritis, and performs meniscus transplants.
We diagnose orthopedic conditions using a variety of tests that rely on proven technology, including X-ray, MRI, ultrasound, and computed tomography (CT) imaging. In addition, other tests assess flexibility, stress, muscle strength, and gait to measure range of motion or identify abnormal skeletal alignment or muscle function. Here is a rundown of some tests available at Grady:
- Bone density scans. Bone density tests measure bone mineral content and density. They can be done using X-rays, dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA or DXA), or a special CT scan that uses computer software to determine bone density of the hip or spine.
- CT bone scans. Computed tomography (CT) scans are noninvasive diagnostic imaging procedures that use X-rays and computer technology to provide more detailed information about the bone tissue and structure than standard X-rays of the bone.
- EMG. Electromyography (EMG) is used to assess the health of muscles and the nerve cells that control them.
- MRI. Magnetic resonance (MRI) may be used to study organs or soft tissue because it can distinguish between normal and abnormal soft tissue. MRI technology is often used to diagnose disorders involving the brain or spine.
- Myelography. This imaging test uses a contrast dye and X-rays or computed tomography (CT) to look for problems in the spinal canal, including the spinal cord, nerve roots, and other tissues.
- Ultrasound. We increasingly use ultrasound technology to quickly assess damage to muscles, tendons, and nerves and detect foreign bodies in soft tissue.
- X-rays. They are often used to detect injuries in the arm, leg, hand, foot, ankle, shoulder, knee, hip, or hand bones. X-rays help to diagnose infections, arthritis, tendinitis, bone spurs, foreign bodies, tumors, or birth defects.
Learn more about our imaging and radiology services.
Therapy can be used with people suffering from a muscle injury, helping them regain a full range of motion. But it is particularly important to help you get the most from minimally invasive procedures or traditional surgery.
- Before the procedure. Pre-operative therapy can help to improve circulation and build the body’s core. In most cases, this helps you recover more quickly, reducing hospital stays and the cost of care. In some cases, pre-operative therapy may eliminate the need for surgery by restoring muscle function. Pre-operative therapy is also helpful for patients undergoing joint replacement surgery because it prepares them for recovery.
- After the procedure. Post-operative therapy helps minimize the development of scar tissue around the wound and helps a person heal faster and return to full mobility. Most important, post-operative therapy allows you to be more active sooner, speeding your recovery.
Learn more about our rehabilitation and therapy services.