Jackson Hole Orthopedics
Bone & Muscle Health Care
When you come to St. John’s Medical Center in need of orthopedic
care, you can expect compassionate service from a highly qualified team
of bone and muscle specialists. Orthopedics covers a broad range of health
concerns, from minor aches and pains to treatment of spinal damage and
sports-related injuries. Patients in need of an orthopedist are often
in a lot of pain, and in addition to treating your condition, our staff
works to you feel better as a whole by discussing the problem, how it’s
affected your life, and what you are hoping treatment will accomplish.
What to Expect From an Orthopedist
Orthopedic medicine is focused on the musculoskeletal system—the
support system for your body consisting of muscle, bone, cartilage, ligaments,
joints and more. Your primary care physician should refer you to an orthopedist
when standard treatments prove ineffective.
- It may be time to see an orthopedist when you deal with:
- Chronic pains in joints, feet, shoulders, or muscles
- Back pain
- A sports-related injury
- Torn ACL, MCL, or meniscus
- Cerebral Palsy
- Muscular dystrophy
- Bone fractures
- A broken hip
During your first visit with the orthopedist, expect some detailed questions
about your condition. Don’t worry about having all the answers,
just answer as best you can so they can plan out the next step in diagnosis.
A physical examination is often conducted to assess your range of motion,
which specific areas are experiencing pain, and your overall physical
fitness. Imaging tests may be required if your condition cannot be diagnosed
through a physical.
Once a diagnosis is made, the orthopedist explains the condition and how
different treatments can help. Treatment could involve physical therapy,
medication, or surgery. Patients in need of joint or spinal surgery can
benefit from St. John’s state-of-the-art
Joint & Spine Center, where the comfortable amenities and relaxing atmosphere help stimulate
a faster recovery.