What We Treat
Orthopedic issues can affect anyone – young people can be hurt playing sports, middle-age adults can develop joint problems after jogging for years, seniors can be affected by arthritis. And, of course, everyone is subject to traumatic injuries like traffic accidents or falls. Because Grady’s orthopedic specialists are in great demand, the quickest way to get an appointment depends on the condition you’re experiencing.
If you have a serious injury, immediately go to the Grady Emergency Department. Serious orthopedic injuries include:
Arthritis and other rheumatic diseases are common conditions that cause pain, swelling, and limited movement. They affect joints and connective tissues around the body. Millions of people in the U.S. have some form of arthritis.
Arthritis means redness and swelling (inflammation) of a joint. A joint is where two or more bones meet. There are more than 100 different arthritis diseases. Rheumatic diseases include any condition that causes pain, stiffness, and swelling in joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments, or bones. Arthritis is usually ongoing (chronic).
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A fracture is a partial or complete break in the bone. Fractures most often happen when more force is applied to the bone than the bone can take. Bones are weakest when they are twisted. Bone fractures can be caused by falls, trauma, or as a result of a direct blow or kick to the body. Overuse or repetitive motions can tire muscles and put more pressure on the bone. This causes stress fractures. This is more common in athletes. Fractures can also be caused by diseases that weaken the bone, such as osteoporosis or cancer in the bones. We treat fractures of the:
- Arm, Shoulder, Hand, Wrist, Elbow
- Lower Leg, Foot, Ankle
- Knee, Femur, Hip, Pelvis
- Neck and Back (Spine)
- Unhealed Fractures (non-union)
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A normal spine, when viewed from behind, appears straight. However, a spine affected by scoliosis shows a side-to-side curvature, with the spine looking like an “S” or “C.” The back bones (vertebrae) may also be rotated. This makes it look like the person is leaning to one side. Scoliosis is defined as a curvature of the spine measuring 10° or greater. Scoliosis is not due to poor posture. Spinal curvature from scoliosis may occur on the right, left or both sides of the spine. Both the thoracic (mid) and lumbar (lower) spine may be affected by scoliosis.
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Spinal stenosis is a condition in which the spinal canal narrows and pinches the nerves. This results in back and leg pain.
In adults 50 years of age and older, the risk of developing spinal stenosis increases. Younger people who are born with a small spinal canal may also develop symptoms. Aging can cause the tissues that connect the spine and bones (ligaments) to become thicker and calcified. The disks between vertebrae break down. Growths called bone spurs may happen on bones and into the spinal canal. All of these conditions tighten the spinal canal. This causes spinal stenosis.
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Most sports injuries are due to either injury or overuse of muscles or joints. Most are caused by minor injury involving muscles, ligaments, tendons, or bones, including:
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Every hospital treats patients. At Grady, we strive to treat them better, more efficiently, and more effectively. Our Orthopedic Center is staffed by physicians, nurses, and other staff specialized in treating conditions that severely limit patients’ lives. This mission to care for all who need us attracts physicians from across the nation who are drawn to Grady because we test the limits of medicine through innovation and research.
Our zeal for innovation has given Grady a national reputation for medical advances in orthopedics, trauma care, burn, stroke, diabetes, infectious diseases, women’s health, sickle cell, and other conditions treated by specialists in our centers of excellence. Access to all these accredited practices is available to every Grady patient and our collegial environment means that specialists routinely help to care for their colleagues’ patients.
Though clinicians are drawn by Grady’s reputation, most are employed by the Emory and Morehouse schools of medicine, which staff our medical services. Grady is one of a handful of U.S. health systems whose patients are cared for by faculty members of two medical schools. This reinforces our commitment to ongoing innovation.