The bones that make up your ankle joint are held in place by three ligaments. When one or more of these ligaments are hyper extended to the point of tearing, it can lead to an ankle sprain. If you have a minor ankle sprain, it may heal on its own after just a few days. However, if your ankle is swollen, bruised, painful to walk on, or cannot bear weight, you’ll want to seek medical attention at Premier Bone & Joint Centers. Our knowledgeable ankle specialists in Rock Springs, Wyoming, can assess the extent of your injury, determine if a fracture has occurred, and recommend a suitable treatment plan to prevent further complications, such as chronic ankle pain, arthritis, and ankle instability.
Our Approach to Ankle Sprain Treatment
Our foot doctors practice “PRICE” therapy when treating patients with ankle sprains. This approach involves:
- Protection – Using crutches can help you keep weight off your injured ankle.
- Rest – After experiencing an ankle sprain, moving the injured area can delay the healing process. That’s why we suggest limiting movement immediately following the sprain.
- Ice application – Applying an ice pack to your ankle sprain several times throughout the day for 20 minutes at a time can help reduce swelling and numb the pain.
- Compression – Wrapping your sprained ankle in elastic wrap can provide support and keep swelling down.
- Elevation – When possible, we recommend elevating the injured ankle above heart level. This will allow fluid to travel away from the damaged tissue.
We may also recommend an over-the-counter pain reliever or anti-inflammatory medication to further control swelling. If your ankle sprain is severe, we may suggest wearing a boot to protect the injured area and help keep the damaged ligaments in place while they heal.
To learn more about ankle sprains or to request an appointment with a foot and ankle doctor in Rock Springs, WY, contact Premier Bone & Joint Centers today.
The Achilles tendon—a rope-like band of tissue that connects the calf muscles to the heel—is under near-constant stress from standing, walking, and running. Although it is designed to withstand the rigors of daily activities, it can become damaged through repetitive use. For instance, Achilles tendinitis is a common injury that develops when the protective sheath surrounding this strong tendon becomes irritated and inflamed.
Heel pain is a hallmark sign of Achilles tendinitis. Usually, pain is felt at the back of the heel whenever the injured tendon is forced to suddenly stretch after an extended period of inactivity. Swelling and stiffness may also develop in the ankle and lower leg. If you have symptoms of Achilles tendinitis, you can see an experienced foot and ankle specialist at Premier Bone & Joint Centers in Rock Springs, where you can receive orthopedic care worthy of Wyoming.
What Are the Treatment Options for Achilles Tendinitis?
The team at Premier Bone & Joint Centers takes a conservative approach to the treatment of Achilles tendon injuries and other musculoskeletal conditions. In general, we consider surgery only as a last resort for addressing severe or persistent symptoms. If we confirm that the cause of your pain is Achilles tendinitis, we may suggest that you:
- Temporarily avoid any activities that cause or worsen your pain
- Wear a brace or cast to immobilize your ankle while your damaged tendon heals
- Apply an ice pack to your painful heel a few times a day
- Perform a regimen of gentle stretches
- Use a custom shoe orthotic to help prevent the overstretching of your Achilles tendon
- Take an over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) as needed
A full recovery from Achilles tendinitis can take time, and it will be important for you to stay as active as possible to maintain your fitness level as your injury heals. If your symptoms persist or worsen, you may benefit from a customized physical therapy program. A variety of services are available from the experienced team of physical therapists at our Laramie location.
To learn more about Achilles tendinitis or to request an appointment with a foot and ankle doctor in Rock Springs, WY, contact Premier Bone & Joint Centers today.
Are you living with chronic joint pain? Wear-and-tear arthritis—also known as osteoarthritis and degenerative joint disease—cannot be cured; however, it can be treated. In fact, with appropriate osteoarthritis treatment, you may be able to effectively protect your damaged joints and manage your symptoms. This, in turn, may allow you to resume the active, pain-free lifestyle you enjoyed before your joint pain set in.
The latest options in osteoarthritis treatment are available from an exceptional team of orthopedic specialists at Premier Bone & Joint Centers in Rock Springs, Wyoming. Our highly specialized, board-certified physicians, physical therapists, and other medical professionals offer personalized orthopedic care in a caring and comfortable environment.
What Is Osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis can affect any joint in your body, including those in your knees, hips, spine, and hands. The condition is characterized by a gradual thinning of the protective cartilage that cushions the bones in a joint and allows for smooth, pain-free movement. In addition to age-related degeneration (the No. 1 cause), osteoarthritis can result from cumulative wear and tear, participation in high-impact sports, or joint overuse. Some symptoms that may require treatment include pain, inflammation, stiffness, weakness, and restricted range of motion in a joint.
How Is Osteoarthritis Treated?
At Premier Bone & Joint Centers, we work closely with each patient to develop a customized osteoarthritis treatment plan. For instance, many people benefit from a regular regimen of low-impact exercises, which can strengthen the muscles that support a damaged joint, allowing them to absorb some of the force that the joint would normally sustain. Some good options include swimming, cycling, and yoga. Exercise can also lead to weight loss, which in turn can further reduce the pressure on the large joints that help support the body’s weight. Other forms of osteoarthritis treatment include:
- Medications, such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- Hot and cold therapy
- Cortisone injections
- Joint replacement surgery (for very severe symptoms)
In addition to osteoarthritis treatment, Premier Bone & Joint Centers is proud to offer both conservative and surgical treatments for a wide variety of sports injuries and other musculoskeletal conditions, including meniscal tears, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears, tendonitis, bursitis, and rotator cuff injuries.
To learn more about osteoarthritis treatment at Premier Bone & Joint Centers, or to schedule a consultation with a physician at our satellite clinic in Rock Springs, WY, please contact us today.
A wrist fracture is a common injury that often occurs after a fall onto an outstretched hand. As a result, one or more of the wrist bones—the two long forearm bones (radius and ulna), and the eight small wrist bones (carpal bones)—is cracked or broken. Although anyone can sustain a wrist fracture, athletes and individuals who have weakened bones due to osteoporosis are at higher risk.
Signs of a Wrist Fracture
In addition to pain and tenderness, a broken wrist may cause:
Usually, the pain worsens with hand and wrist movements, such as squeezing and gripping objects. In some cases, an obvious deformity is present, such as an abnormal bend to the wrist.
If a broken wrist bone is aligned and immobilized, it can potentially mend on its own. However, to ensure full and proper healing, it is important to see a physician for professional treatment as soon as possible after the injury occurs.
Wrist Fracture Diagnosis & Treatment
The outstanding team of physicians at Premier Bone & Joint Centers includes board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic hand and wrist surgeons who practice at our satellite clinic in Rock Springs, Wyoming. After performing an on-site X-ray, we can determine whether a broken wrist bone is correctly positioned and, if not, reset it. If we believe the bone will not heal well with a cast alone, we may suggest surgical treatment, which usually involves the placement of pins to hold the ends of the broken bone in place as it mends.
Next, we will immobilize the injury. In some cases, a splint may be worn until the swelling subsides and a cast can be applied. Throughout the healing process, we may periodically take X-rays to confirm that the broken bone remains properly positioned.
While recovering from a wrist fracture, some patients find it helpful to elevate their broken wrist and apply ice. If necessary, an over-the-counter pain reliever or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) can be taken as directed.
If you believe you may have a wrist fracture, contact Premier Bone & Joint Centers to schedule an appointment at our satellite clinic in Rock Springs, WY. We can promptly evaluate your injury and explain your treatment options.
Elbow bursitis is a potentially painful condition that occurs when the olecranon bursa, a fluid-filled sac on the bony tip of the elbow, becomes irritated or inflamed. Normally thin and flexible, the olecranon bursa cushions the elbow and reduces friction during movement. However, it can thicken and swell due to overuse or trauma, such as a fall onto the point of the elbow. Additionally, people who habitually rest their elbows on a hard surface, such as a desk, are prone to developing elbow bursitis.
What Are the Symptoms of Elbow Bursitis?
The most common symptom of elbow bursitis is swelling around the bony prominence of the joint. If pain develops, it is usually felt at the back of the elbow and may cause stiffness that restricts movement. However, it is important to note that other conditions, such as elbow arthritis and tennis elbow, can cause similar symptoms.
For an accurate diagnosis, you can turn to the board-certified, fellowship-trained surgeons at Premier Bone & Joint Centers. With a satellite clinic in Rock Springs, Wyoming, we make it easy for area residents and visitors to receive outstanding orthopedic care.
How Is Elbow Bursitis Treated?
In most cases, conservative treatment will settle an inflamed bursa. For instance, we often recommend ice applications, over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and compression to alleviate painful swelling. Also, rest and avoidance of activities that aggravate the condition are critical to healing.
Sometimes, elbow bursitis worsens despite conservative treatment. In this situation, we may suggest draining fluid from the inflamed bursa. Using ultrasound guidance, a physician can precisely puncture the bursa with a hollow needle (cannula), draw out excess fluid, and administer a small dose of cortisone to help prevent fluid from building up again.
If you would like to consult with a specialist who is experienced in managing elbow conditions, including elbow bursitis, contact Premier Bone & Joint Centers today to set up an appointment at our satellite clinic in Rock Springs, WY.
A common cause of heel pain in active individuals, plantar fasciitis is an irritation or inflammation of the plantar fascia. This strong band of tissue (ligament) stretches along the bottom of the foot to connect the heel bone to the toes. Plantar fasciitis can affect anyone, but people who spend a lot of time on their feet are particularly at risk. In addition to long-distance runners, backpackers, dancers, and other athletes, the condition often affects nurses, teachers, servers, and industrial workers.
Why Does Your Heel Hurt?
If you have heel pain that is making it difficult for you to walk, it’s important to find out what’s going on. If you have an inflamed plantar fascia and it is strained through continued activity, micro-tears may develop in the ligament. In response, your body may produce a protective bony deposit (heel spur) on the underside of your heel bone, which could press on soft tissues and cause more pain. For the reliable answers you need and deserve, turn to Premier Bone & Joint Centers in Rock Springs, Wyoming, where you can talk with an experienced foot and ankle doctor.
Unlike many other foot conditions, plantar fasciitis can usually be diagnosed based on a physical examination alone. However, your physician may order an imaging test to determine whether another issue, such as a heel spur, is contributing to your pain.
How Is Plantar Fasciitis Treated?
Rest and other conservative measures can be effective for managing the pain and inflammation caused by plantar fasciitis. Some options include:
- Over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- Custom orthotic shoe inserts
- Overnight bracing
- Physical therapy
- Corticosteroid injections
While surgical treatment is usually unnecessary for plantar fasciitis, your physician may suggest it if you have debilitating pain that does not improve with nonsurgical therapy. For instance, if necessary to relieve your discomfort, a board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon at Premier Bone & Joint Centers can relieve some of the tension in your foot by detaching your inflamed plantar fascia from your heel bone.
The experienced and compassionate team at Premier Bone & Joint Centers treats a variety of common and complex foot and ankle conditions, including plantar fasciitis. For more information or to schedule an appointment at our satellite clinic in Rock Springs, WY, contact us today.
Many people refer to a “pinched nerve” when discussing neck or back pain. But what does that term really mean? Within the spinal column, the spinal cord and a series of sensitive nerve roots are housed within a relatively tight space. If excess tissue encroaches on that space, a spinal nerve can easily become compressed, or “pinched.”
There are many possible sources of spinal nerve compression, including bulging and herniated discs, bone spurs, inflamed facet joints, and thickened ligaments. All are common byproducts of spinal degeneration, which often occurs gradually along with the natural aging process. That’s one reason why the spine doctors at Premier Bone & Joint Centers in Rock Springs, Wyoming, see so many patients who are seeking treatment for a pinched nerve.
What Are the Symptoms of a Pinched Spinal Nerve?
In addition to neck or back pain, a pinched nerve can produce a variety of uncomfortable symptoms, including:
- Numbness or decreased sensation in the area of the body supplied by the nerve
- Sharp, burning, or aching pain, which may radiate outward from the pinched nerve
- Muscle weakness in an arm or leg
- Tingling or pins-and-needles sensations, such as a frequent feeling that a hand or foot has “fallen asleep”
How Is a Pinched Spinal Nerve Treated?
Conservative treatments such as physical therapy and medication can be effective in addressing mild to moderate discomfort caused by a pinched nerve. Although spine surgery is also an option, the board-certified, fellowship-trained spine surgeons at Premier Bone & Joint Centers generally do not consider it unless debilitating pain or a medical emergency is present, such as a loss of bladder or bowel control.
At Premier Bone & Joint Centers, we offer a comprehensive range of pinched nerve treatment options. After assessing your condition, we can confirm your diagnosis and suggest an individualized treatment plan to help you overcome your pain and reclaim your life. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with a spine doctor at our satellite clinic in Rock Springs, WY.
Physical therapy can be used to promote recovery during all phases of the healing process. If you have a chronic musculoskeletal condition or you are recovering from an orthopedic injury, a licensed physical therapist at Premier Bone & Bone Centers in Rock Springs, Wyoming, can help you manage your pain, maximize your physical function, avoid surgery and prescription medications, and prevent future injury.
Our Individualized Services
After reviewing your medical history, performing a physical examination, and learning about your lifestyle and preferences, your physical therapist at Premier Bone & Joint Centers will develop a customized plan to meet your needs and help you achieve your goals. We offer a full spectrum of physical therapy services, including:
- Pain management
- Functional movement rehabilitation
- Strength training
- Personal training
- Manual therapy
- Hand care
- Dry needling
- Custom splinting
- Custom orthotics fabrication
- Pre- and post-surgical rehabilitation
Physical Therapy in the Water
We also offer aquatic therapy, which minimizes joint compression force during exercise and provides a safe environment for addressing balance, strength, and postural issues. Water exercise can also help reduce inflammation and provide feedback for postural improvement. To promote muscle relaxation, the temperature-controlled pool at Premier Bone & Joint Centers is kept at a comfortable 94 degrees. Many of our patients with sports-related injuries find that aquatic therapy helps them safely regain their strength, balance, range of motion, and flexibility.
If you would like to learn more about the physical therapy services available at Premier Bone & Joint Centers in Rock Springs, WY, contact us today.
Did you know that your shoulder’s range of motion is greater than that of any other joint in your body? This intricate and hardworking structure allows you to perform countless daily activities ranging from scrubbing your back in the shower to reaching for an item on a high shelf to getting dressed in the morning. You might not give it much thought—until it starts to hurt.
Because you use your shoulders in so many different ways, you probably won’t be surprised to learn that this complex joint is susceptible to injuries, with one of the most common being a rotator cuff tear. If you have shoulder pain, an orthopedic specialist at Premier Bone & Joint Centers can perform a physical examination, check your range of motion and muscle strength, and order imaging studies to confirm your diagnosis. We offer on-site imaging services at all locations, including our satellite clinic in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
What Is a Rotator Cuff Tear?
The rotator cuff is a group of tendons and muscles that surround and stabilize the shoulder. Because the rotator cuff plays an important role in joint mechanics, such as lifting and rotating the arm, a tear can significantly limit shoulder function. This type of injury can occur suddenly through trauma, such as a fall onto an outstretched arm. It can also develop gradually due to repetitive motion, such as overhead lifting, or age-related degeneration.
Allow the Professionals at Premier Bone & Joint Centers to Help
The board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons at Premier Bone & Joint Centers have extensive experience in treating rotator cuff tears using both conservative and surgical measures. We emphasize nonsurgical treatment whenever possible, so we typically recommend that our patients begin with physical therapy, joint injections, therapeutic massage, and/or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). If conservative therapy does not produce sufficient results, we may suggest open or arthroscopic rotator cuff surgery.
If you would like to learn more about rotator cuff tear treatment, contact Premier Bone & Joint Centers today. We have a satellite clinic conveniently located in Rock Springs, WY.
Living with rheumatoid arthritis can be difficult, but Premier Bone & Joint Centers can help make it better. As the orthopedic doctors trusted by residents of Rock Springs and the state of Wyoming, we can help you manage your symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis with several treatment options. This way, you can continue doing all of the activities you love—like hiking Steamboat Mountain or mountain biking the Wilkins Peak Trail.
How Rheumatoid Arthritis is Unique
Ask most people to describe arthritis and they’ll list out the symptoms of osteoarthritis: worn out cartilage in the joints causing bone to painfully grate against bone. But rheumatoid arthritis is actually a separate condition caused by an autoimmune disease. This means that the immune system malfunctions and attacks the synovial membrane that protects your joints. Therefore, in addition to joint pain all over the body, symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis also include:
- Loss of appetite
Because this condition varies from other types of arthritis, it is incredibly important to receive a proper diagnosis. You can trust that the board-certified and fellowship-trained physicians at Premier Bone & Joint Centers will be able to properly diagnose your rheumatoid arthritis, but our expertise doesn’t stop there.
We’ll work closely with you to design a treatment plan that will start with conservative methods like physical therapy, medication, and injections. However, if we find that your condition is more advanced, our doctors may recommend surgery to repair or replace badly damaged joints. Our orthopedic surgeons are some of the best in the business, with many belonging to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, so you can rest assured that you’ll be in experienced hands.
Contact Our Team Today
Whether you’re located in Rock Springs or another Wyoming community, you can find the care and treatment you need at Premier Bone & Joint Centers. Get started treating your rheumatoid arthritis by scheduling an appointment today.
If you’ve been dealing with pain, numbness, or tinging in your hand and arm, you may be suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome. To receive an accurate diagnosis and potential treatment, you should turn to Wyoming’s trusted orthopedic doctors: Premier Bone & Joint Centers. We have convenient satellite clinics throughout Wyoming, including one in Rock Springs, so you can know that the orthopedic care you need is never far.
Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Being a fairly common condition, carpal tunnel syndrome is typically easy to identify. Because it results from a squeezed or compressed nerve in the hand, the symptoms of carpal tunnel include:
- Numbness, burning, and pain—primarily in your fingers
- Occasional shock-like sensations that radiate to your fingers
- Pain or tingling that may travel up the forearm toward the shoulder
- Weakness and clumsiness in the hand, making it difficult to hold things or perform certain tasks like typing on a computer
There are various causes of carpal tunnel syndrome, and most cases are caused by a combination of factors. Some include heredity, repetitive hand use, underlying health conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, and pregnancy.
Our Orthopedic Specialists
Premier Bone & Joint Centers has a team of board-certified and fellowship-trained physicians that will be able to not only diagnose your carpal tunnel syndrome but also provide any necessary treatment plans. We usually start with non-invasive options like physical therapy and drug therapy, but for more severe cases we may recommend surgery to take pressure off of the nerve. If it does come to this, you can feel absolutely confident in the knowledge and expertise of our surgeons, many of whom belong to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
Whatever stage your carpal tunnel syndrome is in, Premier Bone & Joint Centers will provide you with the right treatment. Schedule an appointment today at our Rock Springs clinic or another one of our locations in Wyoming.
While any neck injury is painful, whiplash certainly tops the list. To help ease your pain and get on the right path to recovery, you should turn to the dedicated specialists at Premier Bone & Joint Centers. We have teams of board-certified and fellowship-trained orthopedic doctors at our clinics in Rock Springs and throughout Wyoming, so you won’t have to travel far to receive the whiplash treatment you need.
What is Whiplash?
While it is most commonly referred to as whiplash, the medical term for this type of injury is Cervical Acceleration-Deceleration (CAD) Syndrome. The moniker “whiplash” comes from the cause of this condition, a sudden back and forth movement of the head that mimics the motion of a whip. This puts the cervical spine and muscles of the neck through extreme stresses, leading to symptoms such as:
- Neck pain and stiffness
- Worsening of pain with neck movement
- Loss of range of motion in the neck
- Headaches, most often starting at the base of the skull
- Tenderness or pain in the shoulders, upper back, or arms
- Tingling or numbness in the arms
The most common cause of whiplash is being rear-ended in a car accident, but other types of trauma can result in whiplash, like sports accidents and falls.
Treatment for Any Level of Whiplash
If you suspect that you’ve recently suffered whiplash, Premier Bone & Joint Centers can assess your pain and perform an in-depth examination to provide an accurate diagnosis and rule out any other injuries. In many cases, mild treatment options like over-the-counter pain medication and warm compresses can help alleviate your symptoms. However, we can design a physical therapy plan if we find that more aggressive treatment is necessary.
You can trust that Premier Bone & Joint Centers will provide you with the whiplash treatment you need when you visit us at our Rock Springs clinic or another location in Wyoming. Contact us today to find the closest clinic.
Our bones may be incredibly strong, but unfortunately they’re not invincible. So, in rare cases, impact or overuse can result in a bone fracture. If you suspect that you’ve damaged a bone in this way, you can receive top-grade treatment from Premier Bone & Joint Centers. We have a team of board-certified and fellowship-trained doctors in Rock Springs and clinics throughout Wyoming that are ready to provide you with the fracture care you need.
Symptoms of a Fracture
While a broken bone can be painful, it’s not always obvious if you’ve suffered a fracture. There are a variety of signs that your bone is fractured, but the most common symptoms include:
- Swelling and tenderness
- Bruising or discoloring
- A deformity
Comprehensive Fracture Care
In order to get an accurate diagnosis, our doctors will do a careful examination to assess your overall condition, as well as the extent of the injury. The most common way to determine if there is a fracture is with X-rays, which provide clear images of bone. However, smaller breaks like stress fractures sometimes can’t be seen on X-rays, so we may also use MRI machines to get an accurate image.
Once we have identified the break, we can come up with a detailed fracture care plan to improve your healing process. This can include various stabilization methods such as a cast or brace, surgery, pain medication, or whatever else we decide is necessary for your recovery. As the bone heals, we can also perform physical therapy with you to help strengthen the surrounding area.
Receive the right fracture care from the orthopedic specialists at Premier Bone & Joint Centers. We are equipped to treat fractures and other injuries locally at our Rock Springs clinic or another location in Wyoming.
When you get injured, you may be debating whether to make an appointment with a chiropractor or sports medicine physician. While these are certainly good options, they’re not the only ones. Another type of physician that helps a wide range of patients, including those suffering from injury, disease, or musculoskeletal pain, is called a physiatrist. Rock Springs, Wyoming, residents can find a qualified physiatrist at Premier Bone & Joint Centers.
What Is a Physiatrist?
A physiatrist practices in the field of physiatry, also called physical medicine and rehabilitation. This is a branch of medicine that specializes in diagnosis, treatment, and management of injury or disease primarily using physical, nonsurgical means such as physical therapy and medications. You can turn to Premier Bone & Joint Center to have a physiatrist treat a wide variety of medical conditions affecting the:
- Spinal cord
A Team of Trained Professionals
Physiatrists often act as a consultant to physicians, such as primary care doctors and neurologists, and may also enlist the support of several experts such as physical therapists, occupational therapists, psychologists, care managers, and other physicians. Many of these professionals can be found at Premier Bone & Joint Centers as part of our board-certified and fellowship-trained team. Our staff will work closely together to create your step-by-step plan for rehabilitation and help you return to a healthy and active life.
Put your health in the trusted hands of our physiatrists and other orthopedic doctors at Premier Bone & Joint Center. Contact us today to schedule a visit at our satellite clinic in Rock Springs, WY.
Your elbow is one of the toughest parts of your body, but this doesn’t mean that it can’t get hurt. If you do end up experiencing an elbow injury, you should seek out the most knowledgeable and dedicated elbow doctors to provide you with proper and attentive treatment. Rock Springs, Wyoming, residents know they can rely on the board-certified and fellowship-trained specialists at Premier Bone & Joint Centers.
Indicators of an Elbow Injury
Your elbow is certainly a part of your body that can get bumped and banged somewhat frequently. But if you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms, you likely have a more serious elbow injury and should reach out to us right away:
- Pain on the outside or inside of the elbow, especially when you straighten it
- Pain that radiates up or down the arm from the elbow
- Swelling or tenderness
- Pain when rotating the elbow or when gripping an object
- Persistent tingling sensations
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While we treat a range of elbow conditions, two of the most common we see are elbow bursitis and tennis elbow. Despite its name, the latter is caused by overuse of the muscles at the back of the forearm—not just playing tennis.
Our Elbow Physicians Are Here to Help
Whatever type of elbow condition you come to us with, our dedicated specialists can get you on the road to recovery. We’ll try non-invasive treatments first, but we’re also equipped with the latest elbow surgery technology in the event that the initial treatment options don’t provide the relief you need.
If you’re located in the Rock Springs, WY, area and are experiencing elbow pain, you can turn to the orthopedic doctors at Premier Bone & Joint Centers. Contact us today or follow this link to schedule a visit.
It’s no secret that you use your hands for virtually everything you do. So, when you experience an injury to either of your hands, it can greatly affect your quality of life and ability to complete simple tasks. Premier Bone & Joint Centers is here to help residents of Rock Springs, Wyoming, treat their hand injuries and any underlying conditions with our team of board-certified and fellowship-trained hand doctors.
Treating Your Hand Injury
Just as our hands have so many uses, they are also composed of multiple bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles, nerves, and cartilage. With so many different components, your hands need to be taken care of by knowledgeable and experienced hand specialists—like the ones at Premier Bone & Joint Centers. Our board-certified and fellowship-trained doctors can effectively treat hand injuries and conditions such as:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Wrist fractures
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For treatment options, we always start with minimally invasive approaches like medications and physical therapy. In the event that you do end up needing surgery, you can have complete confidence in our hand surgeons. Our orthopedic surgery team specializes in hand reconstruction, tendon surgery and transfer, joint replacement, and joint injections using the latest in orthopedic technology.
Reach Out Today
You can feel reassured putting your injured hand in our trusted hands. Contact Premier Bone & Joint Centers today or visit us at our satellite clinic in Rock Springs, WY.
It’s hard to think of everyday activities that don’t involve using your shoulders. From when you first wake up and stretch your arms to slipping on your jammies at night, these two joints play a big role in your everyday life. This fact unfortunately means that your shoulders can be prone to injury. Rock Springs, Wyoming, residents that are experiencing persistent shoulder pain can feel confident turning to the dedicated orthopedic doctors and specialists at Premier Bone & Joint Centers.
Signs of a Shoulder Injury
Your shoulders are composed of a ball-and-socket joint and typically have a wide range of motion. This flexibility can cause injuries to arise, however, especially if you participate in sports or activities that would cause the joint to be overused, such as baseball, softball, tennis, football, kayaking, swimming, etc. While it’s common to feel some occasional soreness, signs of a shoulder injury can include:
- Stiffness or inability to fully rotate your arm
- Your shoulder feeling like it can pop out of its socket
- Weakness or numbness
- Pain, especially when you lift your arm or sleep on your shoulder
These symptoms could all be related to injuries or conditions such as tendonitis, arthritis, bursitis, dislocation, sprain, compressed nerves, or a rotator cuff tear. Not only can Premier Bone & Joint Centers provide you with an accurate diagnosis, but you will also receive treatment from our board-certified and fellowship-trained shoulder specialists.
You’ll be able to do your everyday tasks and the activities you love once again when you seek treatment from Premier Bone & Joint Centers. Contact us today to schedule a visit with a shoulder physician at our Rock Springs, WY, satellite clinic.
You use your wrists when performing countless daily activities, from writing and typing to cooking meals and washing dishes. So, if you experience arthritic pain and stiffness in your wrists, along with a decreased range of motion and joint weakness, you want to make sure that you get arthritis treatment fast. The orthopedic doctors of Premier Bone & Joint Centers can help. At our conveniently located clinic in Rock Springs, Wyoming, we provide arthritis treatment that can help manage your pain and improve flexibility, allowing you to get back to the activities you love.
Diagnosing the Cause of Your Wrist Pain
While there are many types of arthritis, only three of them commonly affect the wrist: osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and post-traumatic arthritis. In order to determine the cause of your wrist pain and create the most effective arthritis treatment regimen for your condition, your physician will recommend:
- A physical examination to check your range of motion
- Lab testing, which can reveal the cause of inflammation
- Imaging tests—like X-rays or MRIs—which can show bone and cartilage damage
In some cases, your physician may also order nerve tests to rule out other common wrist conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome.
Treating Your Arthritis
While there is no cure for arthritis, our orthopedic doctors will put together a treatment regimen that helps to minimize pain and restore mobility. Rest assured that we will always start with the most conservative arthritis treatment options, like medication, short-term immobilization, activity modification, and physical therapy. If these regimens don’t work, our team can also perform surgery to reduce pain and improve mobility. Rest assured that our surgical team stays up to date with the most advanced techniques and technology, keeping your surgery as minimally invasive as possible to speed you on the road to recovery.
You don’t have to live in pain. Schedule an appointment with the physicians of Premier Bone & Joint Centers today to get started on your arthritis treatment plan. We proudly serve Rock Springs, WY, from our convenient local clinic.
Do daily activities like walking, jogging, or running cause you to feel pain in the bottom of your foot? Does it feel like you’ve stepped on a pin when you get out of bed in the morning? If these scenarios sound familiar, you may have heel spurs. These calcium deposits accumulate on the bottom of your heel bones and can painfully press into the soft tissue of your foot. There’s no need to let heel spurs keep you from the active lifestyle that so many Wyoming residents enjoy, though. Come visit the orthopedic doctors of Premier Bone & Joint Centers at our Rock Springs clinic today. We’d be happy to get you on the road to recovery as quickly and safely as possible.
Finding the Cause of Your Heel Pain
Oftentimes, heel spurs are caused by repeatedly straining the muscles, ligaments, and membranes in your foot. This makes heel spurs likely for those who:
- Frequently run or jog on hard surfaces
- Wear ill-fitting shoes without arch support
- Possess an abnormal walking gait
- Carry excess weight
- Have either flat feet or high arches
In order to diagnose your heel spurs, a board-certified and fellowship-trained physician will perform a physical examination, during which they’ll rule out any other conditions that may affect the heel. Then, your physician will recommend imaging tests, like an X-ray, to ensure that the cause of your foot pain is, indeed, heel spurs.
A Treatment Regimen That Works
At Premier Bone & Joint Centers, we’ll always pursue conservative treatment options for your heel spurs first. This may involve stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic inserts, and over-the-counter pain medication. If your condition doesn’t respond to conservative treatments, however, your physician may recommend surgical intervention. You can rest easy knowing that our surgeons stay up to date on the most advanced techniques and technology, allowing them to make your procedure as minimally invasive as possible.
You don’t have to live with the pain that can accompany heel spurs. Schedule an appointment with the orthopedic doctors of Premier Bone & Joint Centers today at our Rock Springs, WY, clinic.
In Rock Springs, Wyoming, you’ll find no shortage of ways to keep busy, whether that involves rafting down the Green River, hiking the trails around the Flaming Gorge reservoir, or mountain biking up Boar’s Tusk. If you aren’t careful, though, overusing or overstretching the tendons in your feet and ankles can lead to tendonitis: an inflammation of the tissue that connects muscles to bones. If pain in your foot or ankle limits your mobility, it’s time to make an appointment with one of the orthopedic doctors at Premier Bone & Joint Centers. We’ll diagnose your tendonitis and recommend the best treatment regimen to get you moving as quickly and safely as possible.
Accurately Diagnosing Tendonitis
As one of the most common causes of foot and ankle pain, tendonitis is often caused by overuse, trauma, or certain medical conditions like rheumatoid arthritis and flat feet. Oftentimes, foot or ankle tendonitis leads to symptoms like:
- A dull, aching pain
- Tenderness, swelling, and redness
- A grating sensation when moving
When you visit our Rock Springs clinic, one of our board-certified and fellowship-trained orthopedic doctors will perform a physical examination to evaluate your foot or ankle. In some cases, they may order imaging tests to rule out other conditions before making a diagnosis.
Treating Your Condition
One of the best courses of treatment for tendonitis is commonly referred to as the R.I.C.E. approach: rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Your physician may recommend supplementing this treatment with anti-inflammatory medication or physical therapy, depending on the severity of your condition. In rare situations, your physician may recommend surgery in order to repair a tendon that isn’t healing properly. If this is the case for you, rest assured that our orthopedic surgeons remain up to date with the most advanced surgical techniques and technology.
Don’t let foot or ankle tendonitis keep you from enjoying your active lifestyle. Schedule an appointment with one of the orthopedic physicians of Premier Bone & Joint Centers today at our Rock Springs, WY, clinic.
Did you know that your foot contains nearly one-quarter of all the bones in your body and more than 100 muscles, tendons, and ligaments? Given that you rely on your feet and ankles for balance and movement, this fact is hardly surprising. However, when you injure this part of your body, you want to consult a foot and ankle specialist. Fortunately for those living in Rock Springs, Wyoming, finding a qualified foot doctor is as simple as consulting the orthopedic doctors of Premier Bone & Joint Centers. We’d be happy to get you back to your active lifestyle as quickly and safely as possible.
Symptoms of a Foot Injury
Whether caused by a chronic condition or a sudden, traumatic event, a foot injury can cause:
- Pain that intensifies with pressure
- Swelling, stiffness, and bruising
- Deformation of the foot and ankle
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should consult a reputable foot doctor right away.
Diagnosing & Treating Your Condition
When you visit the foot and ankle specialists at Premier Bone & Joint Centers, one of our board-certified and fellowship-trained physicians will conduct a physical examination. They may also order lab tests and imaging tests, like X-rays, to determine whether your injury is caused by:
- A fracture
- Achilles tendinitis
- A torn Achilles tendon
- Spraining or straining
- Heel spurs
- Plantar fasciitis
- Flat foot
- Tarsal tunnel syndrome
Once your physician has determined the cause of your foot or ankle pain, they will recommend a treatment regimen, beginning with conservative options like splinting, medication, and physical therapy. You can rest assured that you’re in good hands should you require a foot surgeon. Our surgical team stays up to date on the most advanced technology and techniques, allowing us to keep your surgical procedure as minimally invasive as possible.
Get back on your feet again by making an appointment with the orthopedic doctors of Premier Bone & Joint Centers today. A specialized foot doctor will be happy to conduct an examination at our Rock Springs, WY, clinic.
If you’ve noticed a grinding sensation when moving your hip or knee, or if you’re experiencing severe pain in these joints that medications are failing to relieve, it’s possible that your discomfort is caused by an orthopedic condition such as osteoarthritis, cartilage degeneration, rheumatoid arthritis, or a congenital deformity. At Premier Bone & Joint Centers, our board-certified and fellowship-trained physicians are adept at diagnosing and treating these conditions, but in the event that our non-invasive procedures are not enough to bring you relief, we can perform joint replacement surgery as a last resort.
You’re in Good Hands
We have a clinic located close to you in Rock Springs, Wyoming, and we invite you to make an appointment if you’re experiencing any of the symptoms listed above. If joint replacement surgery winds up being the most effective treatment for your condition, you can rest easy knowing that our orthopedic surgeons are some of the most experienced in the field. We also have the industry’s most advanced surgical equipment in our surgery center to deliver the best possible care.
How Joint Replacement Surgery May Improve Your Condition
Total knee and hip replacement surgeries involve replacing both sides of the weight-bearing surfaces of the joint with an implant. Though you may need physical therapy and the assistance of a walker or cane after surgery, in time the bone will grow over the implant and your joint will function as normal.
Schedule an Appointment Today
Joint replacement surgery may be necessary to relieve your joint pain and restore your freedom of movement, but you can trust Premier Bone & Joint Centers to only recommend this option when all other treatments have failed.
To learn what treatment is most appropriate for your condition, make an appointment at Premier Bone & Joint Centers’ clinic in Rock Springs, WY, today.
Whether you’re rafting down the Green River or unpacking boxes in your Rock Springs home, it’s easy to herniate a disc. What’s less easy is living with the arm or leg pain that accompanies such an injury. Fortunately, the orthopedic doctors of Premier Bone & Joint Centers can get you on the road to recovery by providing herniated disc treatment. We’ll help manage your pain and teach you alternative ways to move while you heal, returning you to the active lifestyle Wyoming residents love as quickly and safely as possible.
Diagnosing Your Condition
You can think of your discs as jelly doughnuts supporting the vertebrae of your spine, with a tough coating that encapsulates a soft, gel-like center. Bending or twisting the wrong way can tear the coating, causing the jelly-like interior to bulge outward and compress nearby nerves. In addition to causing pain, a herniated disc can result in:
- Numbness or tingling sensations
- Muscle weakness
- Stumbling or impaired balance
- A decreased ability to lift or hold items
When you visit our office, one of our board-certified and fellowship-trained orthopedic doctors will conduct a physical and neurological examination. They may also recommend imaging tests from our onsite X-ray or MRI machines in order to rule out other conditions and recommend the most effective treatment for your herniated disc.
Offering Treatment for Your Herniated Disc
Herniated discs often heal on their own, and most treatment regimens involve modifying your activities to avoid exacerbating your injury during this process. Depending on the severity of your symptoms, your physician may also recommend physical therapy to build core strength or muscle relaxants to reduce inflammation. As the team physicians for the University of Wyoming Athletics, our doctors have treated their fair share of herniated discs, and you can rest assured that they’ll return you to mobility as quickly and safely as possible.
There’s no better source of herniated disc treatment in Rock Springs, WY, than the orthopedic physicians of Premier Bone & Joint Centers. Schedule an appointment at our clinic today to get started on the road to recovery.
Offering Spinal Stenosis Treatment to Rock Springs, WY, Residents
In Rock Springs, Wyoming, living life to the fullest involves taking advantage of the area’s plentiful outdoor activities: river rafting, mountain biking, hiking, or simply taking a walk under the expansive blue sky. However, if daily neck and back pain, numbness in your extremities, or difficulty balancing impacts your mobility, then it may be time to contact the orthopedic doctors of Premier Bone & Joint Centers for spinal stenosis treatment. Caused by a narrowing of the spine that painfully compresses nearby nerves, spinal stenosis can dramatically restrict your range of movement. Fortunately, our spine specialists can help.
Diagnosing the Cause of Your Back Pain
In order to ensure you receive the best spinal stenosis treatment possible, our board-certified orthopedic doctors possess an additional year of fellowship training in their area of expertise. When diagnosing your condition, your physician may recommend a:
- Physical examination
- Series of X-rays
- MRI scan
Once our spine specialists have an idea of the scope of your condition and determined its cause, they will recommend a treatment regimen to help manage pain and restore your mobility as quickly and safely as possible.
Treating Your Spinal Stenosis
When it comes to providing you with spinal stenosis treatment, you can rest assured that our physicians will always pursue conservative treatment options first. For many patients, this involves a combination of physical therapy and medication. However, those suffering from more severe cases of spinal stenosis may benefit from back surgery. If this is the case for you, rest assured that our surgical team possesses extensive training and experience with the most advanced techniques and technology. In fact, many of our spine surgeons belong to the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
Don’t let daily back pain keep you from doing the things you love. Instead, schedule an appointment with the specialists of Premier Bone & Joint Centers. Our orthopedic doctors would be happy to diagnose your spinal stenosis and offer treatment at our Rock Springs, WY, clinic.
Whether you’re rafting down the Green River, mountain biking around Boar’s Tusk, or simply unloading your groceries, you need a flexible spine to maintain comfortable and easy mobility. When you suffer from a spinal injury, finding a reliable spine doctor is your first priority. Let the orthopedic doctors and back surgery experts of Premier Bone & Joint Centers help get you moving again. At our clinic in Rock Springs, Wyoming, we can diagnose your condition and recommend a treatment regimen that will return you to your favorite activities as quickly and safely as possible.
Common Spine Conditions
Since you flex your spine whenever you move, you may not always be able to identify which activity or what condition is affecting your back. Fortunately, our board-certified and fellowship-trained spine doctors possess extensive experience in diagnosing all sorts of conditions of the back, including:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Kyphosis and lordosis
- Spinal stenosis
- Pinched nerves
- Degenerative disc disease
- Prolapsed, or “slipped,” discs
- Herniated discs
When you visit our office, a spine specialist will perform a physical examination to test your range of movement. They may also order imaging or electrodiagnostic testing, which can be conveniently performed at our Rock Springs clinic.
Spine Treatment Plans That Restore Mobility
Once we have diagnosed the cause of your condition, a spine doctor will work with you in order to establish a treatment regimen that helps manage your pain while returning you to your active lifestyle. While we always exhaust non-invasive treatment options like physical therapy and medication first, you can rest easy knowing you’re in capable hands should you require spine surgery. Our highly qualified surgeons keep up to date on the most advanced surgical techniques and use cutting-edge technology to keep your back surgery as minimally invasive as possible.
It’s time for you to get moving again. Make an appointment with the spine doctors of Premier Bone & Joint Centers at our Rock Springs, WY, clinic today.
A Trained Neck Doctor Can Help Residents of Rock Springs, WY, Recover From Painful Injuries
Oftentimes, people don’t realize how much they use their neck until an injury makes any movement painful. When that happens, there’s no one better in Rock Springs, Wyoming, to turn to than the neck doctors of Premier Bone & Joint Centers. Our board-certified and fellowship-trained orthopedic physicians can diagnose the underlying cause of your neck pain and recommend the most effective treatment regimen to return you to your active lifestyle as quickly and safely as possible.
Diagnosing Your Condition
When it comes to neck pain, our doctors have seen everything. We are the team physicians for the University of Wyoming Athletics after all, and our physicians can treat a variety of conditions. This includes:
- Pinched nerves
- Herniated discs
- Spinal stenosis
- Cervical fractures
In addition to neck and shoulder pain, these conditions can cause persistent headaches, muscle spasms, and numbness in your arm or hand. In severe cases, you may even experience a grinding sensation when you turn your neck or an inability to turn it at all. If any of these symptoms sound familiar, you should contact an experienced neck doctor right away.
Pursuing the Best Course of Treatment
At Premier Bone & Joint Centers, we believe in pursuing non-invasive treatment options whenever possible. For most neck injuries, this involves a combination of behavior adjustment, physical therapy, and medication. However, if your condition requires neck surgery, you can rest easy knowing you are in capable hands. Our surgical team stays up to date with the most advanced techniques and utilizes cutting-edge technology to ensure your procedure remains as minimally invasive as possible.
Experiencing daily neck pain shouldn’t be a way of life. Let the neck doctors of Premier Bone & Joint Centers help set you on the road to recovery. Schedule an appointment at our Rock Springs, WY, clinic today.