Capital Region Medical Center is proud to offer a wide variety of orthopaedic services to keep you covered in the event of an injury or orthopedic condition. To bring you the highest level of care possible for all your orthopaedic needs, Capital Region has formed partnerships and affiliations with expertly trained physicians in an array of specialties.
The Missouri Orthopaedic Institute at Capital Region provides convenient access to university physicians in a range of specialties, including pediatrics, sports medicine, total joint replacement and highly complex surgical procedures. What's more, residents of Jefferson City and the surrounding communities have access to expert care close to home.
What is orthopaedics?
Orthopaedics is the medical specialty devoted to the diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and prevention of injuries and diseases of your body's musculoskeletal system. This complex system includes your bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles and nerves and allows you to move, work and be active.
Orthopaedic visits start with a personal interview and physical examination. This may be followed by additional diagnostic tests.
Treatment may involve medical counseling, medications, casts, splints, therapy, exercise or surgery. For most orthopaedic diseases and injuries, there is more than one form of treatment. Your physician will discuss treatment options with you and help you select the best treatment plan.
Orthopaedic surgery is the medical specialty that encompasses the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries and conditions. Orthopaedic surgeons treat a variety of problems in patients of all ages.
Spine and back
Spine and back conditions range from herniated discs and low-back or neck pain, to complex problems such as spinal tumors, scoliosis and spine fractures. Many spine problems can be managed by nonoperative techniques, such as medication, home exercise, injections, and physical therapy or rehabilitation. If surgery is clearly indicated, qualified spine surgeons can perform the full spectrum of services at CRMC.
Hip and knee replacement
A total hip replacement is a surgical procedure in which the diseased cartilage and bone of the hip joint is surgically replaced with artificial materials. Hip replacements are commonly performed when progressively severe arthritis in the hip joint impairs walking, climbing stairs and standing. Replacement is generally considered after pain becomes so severe that it impedes normal function despite use of anti-inflammatory medications.
A total knee replacement is generally performed when a person has a severe degenerative joint disorder such as osteoarthritis in which the articular, or moving, surfaces of the knee deteriorate, leading to severe pain, limitation or loss of function, and/or deformity of the joint.
Other treatments usually used before knee replacement surgery include:
- Acetaminophen or anti-inflammatory drugs.
- Surgical removal of inflamed synovial tissue.
- Restructuring the bones to shift stresses from diseased tissue to more healthy tissue, called osteotomy.
Hand, shoulder and elbow
Evaluation and treatment services are offered for hand, shoulder and elbow injuries; arthritis; congenital deformities; upper extremity joint replacement; carpal tunnel syndrome; tendon problems; rotator cuff problems; and shoulder problems.