The shoulder is a wonder of mobility, flexibility and stability, consisting joints (3), ligaments and muscles. It allows a wide range of motions for the hands and arms but at the same time is stable enough to do a variety of strenuous tasks requiring coordination and dexterity, like pushing, pulling and other strength-related activities. The continual interaction between these related functions sometimes creates problems that are not encountered by other joints with more limited functions and range of motion. In many instances, minimally invasive procedures can be used to treat and resolve conditions and injury to the shoulder.
Shoulder injuries can involve but are not limited to tears, dislocations, partial and total replacements, fractures and traumatic injuries as well as impingement syndrome and frozen shoulders. Other injuries and disease can also occur.
The hands, wrists and elbows are essential parts of the body, parts typically taken for granted even though they convey the sense of touch. Injuries can be caused by trauma, disease or something as simple as repetitive tasks. Galloway Orthopedics understands that the loss or reduction in function of any of these essential body parts can drastically alter a patient’s daily life and the performance of simple tasks like working on the computer, dressing in the morning or even tying shoelaces. Joints can become susceptible to diseases like arthritis or other debilitating conditions. Hand, Wrist and elbow issues can vary in intensity and frequency, primarily the result of disease or traumatic injury. They may include repetitive task injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome or chronic diseases like arthritis. Diseases like arthritis in the hands, wrist or elbow and be especially debilitating. Participation in certain sports can increase susceptibility to conditions like tennis elbow, trigger finger, fractures and lesser traumas.
The knee is a major weight-bearing joint which is made up of the intersection of multiple bones and connective tissue which form the knee cap. Loss of mobility of the knee can be devastating to a patient’s general well-being. Sports activities must be curtailed or eliminated. Normal activities like jogging, hiking or even gardening become impossible or at least extremely painful activities. Even walking can be difficult. Some of the treatments can include surgery, partial or total knee replacements, physical therapy and prescription medications to alleviate pain.
Tears in ligaments can be extremely painful. They can occur in the MCL (medial collateral ligament, the meniscus, posterior or anterior ligaments (PCL, ACL). Like many other body parts, they can also be subject to more common injuries like sprains, strains, fractures and other trauma. Participation in some of the more violent sports activities like football can dramatically increase risk.
The feet are the body’s gyroscope and their misalignment can impact the entire body’s balance. Women are more likely to have foot problems because of the shoes that they wear. High heels are one of the likely culprits. The range of possible foot and ankle problems can be as simple as a minor strain or as complex a nerve damage and the treatment can be equally varied; as simple as physical therapy and injections or as complex as surgery. Each case is different and treated individually.
Feet and Ankle Issues:
Common foot and ankle injuries can include sprains, strains and stress fractures. Less common ones are Achilles tendon injuries, neuromas, plantar fasciitis and bone spurs.