If you regularly experience chronic pain or general discomfort as a result of joint-related health problems like arthritis or a sports-related injury, you may want to consider orthopedics. At Star Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in Coppell and Frisco, Texas, board-certified physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist, Jason Petrasic, MD, proudly offers a full range of orthopedic services, including physical medicine, rehabilitation, regenerative medicine, and when necessary, orthopedic surgery. To learn more about the benefits of orthopedics, make an appointment by calling the office nearest you or clicking the online booking tool today.
Orthopedics is a branch of health care focused on diagnosing and treating injuries and diseases that affect your body’s musculoskeletal system. Your musculoskeletal system is incredibly complex and consists of muscles, bones, tendons, ligaments, nerves, and joints that allow you to work, move, and participate in physical activity.
Physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists like Dr. Petrasic use orthopedics to ease inflammation, promote circulation, and to encourage your body’s natural healing process. Whether you break a bone, suffer an injury at work, or you’re involved in an automobile accident, orthopedics can help restore your normal quality of life.
Orthopedic treatment usually involves a four-step process. First, Dr. Petrasic performs a physical exam and reviews your medical history to diagnose your disorder. If these initial tests don’t provide enough information, he might also order a series of X-rays or an MRI to get a closer look at your bones, muscles, or joints.
After diagnosing the source of your discomfort, Dr. Petrasic develops a custom treatment plan. This might include prescription medication, lifestyle changes, physical therapy, or in the case of a serious injury, orthopedic surgery.
Third, Dr. Petrasic develops a rehabilitation regimen. Rehabilitation is a type of orthopedics that uses special exercises to restore movement, strength, and general mobility.
Last, Dr. Petrasic provides you with tips, information, and insights designed to prevent injury or further complications in the future. He might also prescribe medication or regular exercises to help slow the progression of the disease.
Not necessarily. Whenever possible, Dr. Petrasic uses conservative, noninvasive treatments to address musculoskeletal pain. For example, if you have mild or moderatfe joint pain, he might recommend physical therapy, at-home exercise, or a combination of rest, ice, compression, and elevation (the RICE protocol). If your body doesn’t respond to these treatments, or your symptoms get progressively worse, surgical intervention may be necessary.
To determine if you’re a candidate for orthopedics, make an appointment with Dr. Petrasic and the team at Star Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. Following a physical exam, discussion of your symptoms, and review of your medical history, Dr. Petrasic can develop a treatment plan that aligns with your needs.
If a nagging musculoskeletal injury is keeping your sidelined, make an appointment at Star Orthopedics and Sports Medicine by calling the office nearest you or clicking the online booking tool today.