Waterbury Orthopaedic Associates provide diagnosis and treat orthopaedic diseases and injuries of the musculoskeletal system including the bones and joints of the arms, legs, spine and related structures such as nerves, ligaments, tendons, and muscles. The goal of our fellowship-trained orthopaedic physicians is to return you to optimum health and to help you with normal, pain-free, daily activity.
If you are injured on a sports field, we understand that there is nothing more aggravating than having to sit on the sidelines waiting for the injury to heal. Our doctors treat all of the major and minor sports related injuries and are focused on a single goal: to get you back in the game as quickly and safely as possible after your injury.
Sports-related injuries are not limited to high school, college, or professional athletes, but also include sports enthusiasts, "weekend warriors," and anyone who is physically active. Sports medicine physicians have specific, specialized experience and/or training in the treatment of injuries that affect competitive athletes as well as physically active individuals. Because of their background in dealing with physically active individuals, these providers recognize the unique concerns and demands associated with the active population.
Due to their unpredictable nature, sports injuries require specialized methods of treatment and our staff consists of orthopaedic surgeons or specialists with the highest level of training and experience in sports medicine. Our surgeons work with people of all ages and abilities to develop individualized and comprehensive treatment programs – from injury prevention and evaluation to orthopaedic surgery and post-injury rehabilitation.
Joint replacement is a surgical procedure in which the joint surface is replaced with an orthopaedic prosthesis when there is severe joint pain that is not alleviated by less-invasive therapies. Joints may be partially or totally replaced, depending on the location and severity of the problem.
Total joint replacement is considered if other treatment options will not relieve the pain and/or disability. If the pain is severe enough a person will avoid using the joint, weakening the muscles around the joint making the joint less functional. To avoid this downhill slide, the goal of total joint replacement is to relieve the pain in the joint caused by the damage done to the cartilage. A physical examination, and possibly some laboratory tests and X-rays, will show the extent of damage to the joint.
Total joint replacements of the hip, knee, and shoulder have been performed since the 1960s. Today, these procedures have been found to result in significant restoration of function and reduction of pain in 90 to 95% of patients. While the expected life of conventional joint replacements is difficult to estimate, it is not unlimited. Today’s patients can look forward to potentially benefiting from new advances that may increase the lifetime of the prostheses.
Arthroscopy is a surgical procedure in which a joint is viewed using an arthroscope (a small fiber-optic viewing instrument made up of a tiny lens, light source and video camera). arthroscope sends the image to a television monitor through which the surgeon can see the structure of the joint in detail. The surgeon uses arthroscopy to repair or remove damaged tissue.
During the procedure, your orthopaedic surgeon inserts the arthroscope into your joint through a tiny incision (about ¼ of an inch). Two or three other tiny incisions may be made to allow the surgeon a better view or to insert surgical instruments used to repair the joint. With these small incisions and direct access to most areas of the joint, an arthroscopic surgeon can diagnose and surgically correct a vast array of problems such as arthritis and ligament tears. These incisions result in very small scars which in many cases are unnoticeable.
In the past, treatment of orthopaedic injuries involved extensive surgery, including large incisions, a hospital stay, and a prolonged recovery period. Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive alternative to these open surgeries and results in a reduction of complications reduced pain and swelling, and shorter recovery times. Additionally, almost all arthroscopic procedures can be performed in an outpatient setting.
Although our bones are strong and have some flexibility to them if a significant force is applied a break or a crack in the bone may occur. A broken bone is also called a fracture. Any bone in the body can sustain a fracture and these fractures can occur in a variety of ways. The most common causes of fractures are injuries, prolonged stress from overuse and bone-weakening diseases such as osteoporosis or tumors. There are many types of fractures ranging from a minor crack in a bone, to multiple fractures with significant displacement.
The treatment for a fracture depends on the type of fracture and the bones involved. The goal of treatment is to align the fractured bones to allow them to heal. If the bone breaks but does not tear the surrounding tissue then it is considered a simple break (closed fracture). For these types of minor fractures to heal properly, it usually requires immobilization of the bone by a brace, splint, or cast. When the break is more complex it may require surgery to align the bones for proper healing. It is important that you receive a diagnosis promptly; otherwise you can cause additional damage to the bone, nearby blood vessels, nerves and other tissue.
Symptoms of a broken bone or fracture include pain, swelling, bruising or discolored skin, or the inability to move the affected body part. If you think you have suffered a fracture that has not broken skin, schedule an evaluation with one of our specialty-trained doctors. Typically a medical exam and x-rays are necessary to confirm a fracture diagnosis.
Please note that if you have a complex fracture or dislocation for which the wound is open, bleeding, or the bone is exposed, please call 911 or visit the nearest emergency room.