We specialize in Orthopaedic and Arthroscopic Surgery, Sports Medicine, Total Joint Replacement, Fracture Care, as well as comprehensive care for the injured or painful knee, shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand, hip, ankle, foot and ligament reconstruction for children through adults.
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. Once devoted to the care of children with limb deformities, orthopaedists now care for patients of all ages, from children to young athletes requiring arthroscopic surgery to older people with arthritis. And anybody can break a bone.
Our orthopaedists/surgeons manage special problems of the many regions of the musculoskeletal system. Our orthopaedists/surgeons are skilled in the:
- Diagnosis of your injury or disorder
- Treatment with medication, exercise, surgery or other treatment plans
- Rehabilitation by recommending exercises or physical therapy to restore movement, strength and function
- Prevention with information and treatment plans to prevent injury or slow the progression of diseases.
While most orthopaedists practice general orthopaedics, some may specialize in treating the foot, hand, shoulder, hip, knee, and others in pediatrics, trauma or sports medicine. Some orthopaedists may specialize in several areas. Here at Florida Joint Care Institute, we do it all!
Our orthopaedic surgeons are medical doctors with extensive training in the proper diagnosis and treatment of injuries and diseases of the musculoskeletal system. Each of our orthopaedists have completed up to 14 years of formal education.
- Four years of study in a college or university
- Four years of study in medical school
- Five years of study in orthopaedic residency at a major medical center
- One optional year of specialized education
After establishing a licensed practice, our orthopaedic surgeons demonstrate mastery of orthopaedic knowledge by passing both oral and written examinations given by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. Each year our orthopaedists spend many hours studying and attending continuing medical education courses to maintain current orthopaedic knowledge and skills.
Orthopaedic patients have benefited from technological advances such as joint replacement and the arthroscope that allows the orthopaedist to look inside a joint. But your visit will start with a personal interview and physical examination. This may be followed by diagnostic tests such as blood tests, X-rays, MRI's, CAT Scans or other tests as needed. Your treatment may involve medical counseling, medications, casts, splints, and therapies such as exercise, or surgery. For most orthopaedic diseases and injuries there is more than one form of treatment. Our orthopaedists will discuss the treatment options with you and help you select the best treatment plan to enable you to live an active and functional life. This information is excerpted from the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons website at http://www.aaos.org