One of the longest tendons in the body, the Achilles tendon connects the heel bone to the calf muscle. This strong and springy band of tissue withstands significant stress from jumping, running, walking, and other daily activities. However, if too much force is applied, its fibers can separate, resulting in a torn Achilles tendon. Some possible causes include falling from a height, stepping into a deep hole, or increasing the intensity of a workout routine, especially if it involves jumping.
What Are the Signs of a Torn Achilles Tendon?
If the Achilles tendon ruptures, a “popping” or “snapping” sound may be heard, immediately followed by the development of sharp pain and swelling near the heel. The pain may cause difficulty walking, an inability to bend the foot downward, and/or an inability to stand on the toes of the injured leg. Although anyone can sustain this type of injury, it is especially common among runners, dancers, and gymnasts.
It is important to seek immediate medical attention if you have symptoms of a torn Achilles tendon. You can receive a prompt diagnosis and appropriate treatment from the team at Premier Bone & Joint Centers in Thermopolis, Wyoming.
How Is a Torn Achilles Tendon Treated?
At Premier Bone & Joint Centers, we offer a broad range of conservative orthopedic treatments for a torn Achilles tendon, including physical therapy, immobilization with a cast or walking boot, cold therapy, and medication. We may also suggest surgery to reduce the likelihood of re-rupture. For our patients who elect surgery to repair a torn Achilles tendon, our board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons provide innovative operative treatments as well.
If you would like to learn more about torn Achilles tendon injuries, contact Premier Bone & Joint Centers to request an appointment with a foot and ankle specialist.
Dupuytren’s contracture is a hand condition that affects the layer of elastic tissue underneath the skin of the palm and fingers. Over time, this normally pliant tissue can gradually thicken, which can cause one or more fingers—usually the ring finger or pinkie—to be pulled upward into a permanently bent position. The condition can occur in both hands, although one hand may be more severely affected than the other.
In many cases, Dupuytren’s contracture develops after age 50, but its precise causes are not well understood. Through research performed to date, scientists have been unable to establish any link between the condition and prior hand injuries or occupations that cause repetitive hand vibration.
What Are the Symptoms of Dupuytren’s Contracture?
Typically, Dupuytren’s contracture progresses very slowly over several years. Some common signs include:
- An inability to straighten the ring finger or pinkie
- An inability to fully open the hand
- An inability to grasp large objects
- A thickening, dimpling, or puckering of the skin on the palm
- A firm, painless knot of tissue on the palm
How Is Dupuytren’s Contracture Treated?
Treatment for Dupuytren’s contracture is not always needed. If the condition is not limiting or painful, a physician may simply recommend a wait-and-watch approach. An effective way to monitor the progression of Dupuytren’s contracture is to perform a tabletop test, which involves attempting to place the palm flat on a table. When necessary, the goal of treatment is to break up the fibrous cords of tissue that are pulling the fingers toward the palm. This may be accomplished in several ways, including needling, enzyme injections, or, in severe cases, surgery.
The team at Premier Bone & Joint Centers welcomes individuals who have been diagnosed with Dupuytren’s contracture as well as those who are experiencing nonspecific hand or wrist pain. Throughout the diagnostic and treatment process, our experienced orthopedic specialists are committed to providing our patients with the individualized attention and extensive support that they need to return to their active lifestyles.
To request an appointment with a board-certified, fellowship-trained surgeon who specializes in treating hand and wrist conditions, contact Premier Bone & Joint Centers today. We have satellite clinics throughout Wyoming, including a convenient location in Thermopolis.
Golfer’s elbow, or medial epicondylitis, is an overuse injury that causes painful inflammation at the point where the tendons of the forearm muscles attach to the bony bump on the inside of the elbow. Usually, the condition stems from damage to the muscles and tendons that control the wrist and fingers. This type of damage often results from forceful, repetitive wrist and finger motions, such as those involved in golfing, raking, painting, using a screwdriver, throwing a ball, or lifting a heavy object. As such, golfer’s elbow is not limited to golfers.
If you have golfer’s elbow, an elbow specialist at Premier Bone & Joint Centers in Thermopolis, Wyoming, can help you overcome your pain and get back to the activities you enjoy.
How Is Golfer’s Elbow Treated?
Rest is a key component of golfer’s elbow treatment. To prevent the condition from worsening, it is important to avoid repetitive wrist and finger motions until the pain improves. In the meantime, the following therapies may be helpful:
- Ice applications – An ice pack can be applied to the inner elbow 3-4 times a day for 15-20 minutes at a time. It may also be beneficial to massage the inner elbow with ice.
- Bracing – A counterforce brace can be worn to reduce tendon and muscle strain in the affected arm.
- Physical therapy – A physician or physical therapist can recommend appropriate stretches and strengthening exercises. For instance, progressive loading of the affected tendon can be particularly effective for treating golfer’s elbow.
- Medication – An over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) can help relieve painful inflammation around the elbow.
- Surgery – Surgical treatment is usually unnecessary for golfer’s elbow, but it may be considered to address severe or persistent pain.
In general, once the pain subsides, a gradual return to activity is best. Many people begin by practicing the wrist and finger motions involved in their sport or activity. For instance, if golf is your game, a golf instructor can assess your swing to confirm that your technique is correct or suggest adjustments if needed.
Consult With an Orthopedic Specialist
Contact Premier Bone & Joint Centers today to schedule an appointment with an elbow doctor at our satellite clinic in Thermopolis, WY.
Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve—a major motor and sensory nerve that is sometimes referred to as “the eye of the hand”—is compressed at the point where it passes through the carpal tunnel in the wrist. A narrow channel formed by the carpal bones on the bottom and the transverse carpal ligament on the top, the carpal tunnel can be encroached by swelling or excess tissue in the wrist. In many cases, carpal tunnel syndrome results from repetitive wrist or hand motions, such as using a screwdriver, playing a musical instrument, or typing.
What Are the Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Carpal tunnel syndrome is usually easy to identify. Some common symptoms include:
- Pain, numbness, and tingling sensations in the fingers
- Occasional shock-like pain that radiates from the wrist to the fingers
- Pain that travels through the forearm toward the shoulder
- Weakness and clumsiness in the hand that makes it difficult to grasp objects
If you think you might have carpal tunnel syndrome, you can receive an accurate diagnosis and a personalized treatment plan from the trusted orthopedic specialists at Premier Bone & Joint Centers in Thermopolis, Wyoming.
How Is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treated?
After confirming your diagnosis, your physician at Premier Bone & Joint Centers may start you on a regimen of physical therapy and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). If your symptoms do not respond to conservative treatment, we may suggest surgery to relieve pressure on your median nerve. You can feel confident entrusting your surgical care to our board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons, many of whom are esteemed members of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
Contact Premier Bone & Joint Centers today to schedule an appointment with a hand doctor at our satellite clinic in Thermopolis WY.
Whiplash is a non-medical term commonly used to refer to a neck injury caused by sudden trauma that forces the neck to bend forward, then immediately snap backward (similar to the cracking of a whip). This type of injury frequently occurs in automobile accidents—most notably, rear-end collisions—but it can result from any extreme acceleration-deceleration forces applied to the cervical spine. Some examples include falls, contact sports, and rollercoaster rides.
Could You Have Whiplash?
A telltale symptom of whiplash is severe pain in the neck and shoulder region that develops after neck trauma. The pain may be accompanied by:
- A stiff neck
- Reduced range of motion in the neck
- Numbness and tingling sensations
- Blurred vision
If you develop whiplash symptoms after sustaining a neck injury, turn to the team of board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons at Premier Bone & Joint Centers in Thermopolis, Wyoming. We can help you manage your discomfort as you recover, and also help you avoid complications, such as chronic neck pain.
How Is Whiplash Treated?
When you think of whiplash treatment, you might envision a neck collar or brace. Although this approach was commonly used in the past, most of today’s orthopedic specialists encourage early movement in favor of immobilization, which can allow the muscles that support the neck to weaken. In many cases, whiplash can be effectively treated with over-the-counter pain medications, hot and cold therapy, and a regimen of gentle neck stretches and exercises.
Premier Bone & Joint Centers has a satellite clinic conveniently located on Thermopolis, WY. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with a neck doctor, who will evaluate your condition and get you started on the road to recovery.
A heel spur is a calcium deposit that builds up on the bottom of the heel due to repetitive stress on the foot ligaments over time. The body responds to the stress by producing extra bony tissue that eventually forms a heel spur. Common causes include excessive walking or running, ill-fitting or worn-out footwear, excess body weight, and arthritis. While just about anyone can develop a heel spur, the condition frequently affects those who have flat feet or high arches, or spend a lot of time on their feet.
Some heel spurs do not cause discomfort or require treatment. But if you have nagging heel pain, you don’t have to stay off your feet and resign yourself to living with it. The foot and ankle specialists at Premier Bone & Joint Centers in Thermopolis, Wyoming, can get to the bottom of your pain and suggest an appropriate treatment plan to relieve it. We’ll have you back on your feet in no time!
We Can Provide an Accurate Diagnosis & Appropriate Treatment
To confirm your diagnosis, your physician at Premier Bone & Joint Centers will begin with a physical examination to rule out other conditions that could be affecting your heel, such as plantar fasciitis (which can cause the same symptoms as a heel spur). From there, your physician will likely order an X-ray, which is the only way to verify the presence of a heel spur.
Heel spur treatment can vary depending on the severity of the pain. Many people do well with a brief period of rest followed by a regimen of gentle stretches and low-impact exercises. For moderate pain, your physician may recommend nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or injections; for severe pain, he or she may suggest surgery to remove the problematic heel spur.
If you think you might have a heel spur, contact Premier Bone & Joint Centers today to schedule an appointment with a foot doctor at our satellite clinic in Thermopolis, WY.
Tarsal tunnel syndrome is a type of compression neuropathy that can cause pain, numbness, tingling, and burning sensations in the ankle and the sole of the foot. The condition occurs when the posterior tibial nerve is pressured by inflammation or excess tissue at the point where it passes through the tarsal tunnel, a narrow channel formed by bones and ligaments on the inside of the ankle. In addition to the posterior tibial nerve, many important tendons, blood vessels, and nerves pass through the tarsal tunnel to provide movement and flexibility to the foot.
What Causes Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome?
Tarsal tunnel syndrome can result from:
- Flatfoot or a fallen arch
- Ankle swelling
- A chronic condition, such as diabetes or arthritis
- A bone spur
- A varicose vein
- A ganglion cyst
- A swollen tendon
How Is Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome Treated?
The first step toward effective treatment for tarsal tunnel syndrome is an accurate diagnosis. At Premier Bone & Joint Centers in Thermopolis, Wyoming, the board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic foot and ankle surgeons will begin by thoroughly evaluating the condition through a physical examination and possibly imaging or nerve conduction studies.
In general, we emphasize conservative treatment for tarsal tunnel syndrome whenever possible. In addition to PRICE therapy—which involves protection, rest, ice applications, compression, and elevation—we may recommend a brace, splint, or custom orthotic to limit movement and reduce pressure on the tibial nerve. To address severe or persistent symptoms, we may suggest steroid injections into the tarsal tunnel or a surgical procedure (tarsal tunnel release). The surgeons at Premier Bone & Joint Centers are skilled and experienced in performing the latest minimally invasive surgical techniques.
If you are experiencing symptoms of tarsal tunnel syndrome, you can request an appointment with a foot doctor at Premier Bone & Joint Centers. We can accurately diagnose and promptly treat your condition at our satellite clinic in Thermopolis, WY.
The wrist has several strong bands of tissue (ligaments) that hold the bones in place and stabilize the joint. A ligament can tear if it is sprained, or stretched beyond its normal limits. For instance, a common cause of a torn wrist ligament is a fall onto an outstretched hand.
If you recently sustained this type of injury, you can receive a prompt and professional evaluation by a board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic hand and wrist surgeon at Premier Bone & Joint Centers in Thermopolis, Wyoming. Your wrist doctor will ask about your symptoms and the circumstances of your injury, then perform an in-depth examination and order imaging scans if necessary to confirm your diagnosis.
What Are the Signs of a Torn Wrist Ligament?
In addition to pain and instability, a torn wrist ligament may cause:
- Warmth and tenderness
- Swelling and bruising
- Weakness, stiffness, and reduced range of motion
Sometimes, a popping or tearing sensation can be felt when the injury occurs.
How Is a Torn Wrist Ligament Treated?
Usually, a mild sprain will improve on its own within several weeks, but a more severe injury may take longer to heal. It’s important to seek treatment because, if left unaddressed, a torn wrist ligament can lead to long-term complications such as chronic pain, stiffness, instability, and early-onset arthritis.
Premier Bone & Joint Centers offers a full spectrum of treatment options—both conservative and surgical—for a torn wrist ligament. Many patients begin with a combination of splinting to limit wrist motion and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to relieve painful swelling. As comfort allows, gentle stretches and progressive strengthening exercises can be performed to improve flexibility and range of motion. If the ligament is fully torn and/or nearby bone or other tissues are damaged, a surgical repair may be needed to reconstruct the ligament or reconnect it to the bone.
If you suspect that you’ve torn a ligament in your wrist, you should seek treatment from the expert team at Premier Bone & Joint Centers in Thermopolis, WY. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.
Has your neck been bothering you lately? Maybe you were recently rear-ended while driving or you took a tumble off of a curb while walking. Whatever the cause, an overstretched muscle or ligament in your neck can cause discomfort that keeps you from moving freely and going about your day. The orthopedic doctors at Premier Bone & Joint Centers in Thermopolis, Wyoming, can provide the effective neck sprain treatment you need to resume your busy routine.
How Do You Know If You Have a Neck Sprain?
Usually, a neck sprain will cause pain and stiffness that hinder movement, although the symptoms may take a day or two to develop. Other signs of a neck sprain include:
- Pain that radiates through the shoulders and upper back
- Muscle spasms in the neck, shoulders, or arms
- Patchy numbness or tingling sensations in the arms or hands
- Headache at the back of the head
- Ringing in the ears
It is especially important to see a physician right away if these symptoms develop after a whiplash injury, which occurs when the neck is suddenly forced forward, then rapidly snaps backward. Whiplash can result from a car accident, a head-jerking amusement park ride, or a direct blow to the head. If severe neck pain develops immediately, it’s best to go to the nearest emergency room to be assessed for a spinal cord injury. Otherwise, to address moderate or delayed pain, a board-certified, fellowship-trained spine doctor at Premier Bone & Joint Centers can provide neck sprain treatment.
Finding Relief From Neck Pain
Treatment for a mild neck sprain typically involves nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and ice pack applications during the first 48 hours followed by heat therapy. If necessary, a muscle relaxant may be prescribed to relieve painful spasms. Additionally, ultrasound therapy or cervical traction (immobilization) may be considered to improve comfort and promote healing.
You don’t have to allow a neck sprain to slow you down. Instead, schedule an appointment with an orthopedic specialist at Premier Bone & Joint Centers in Thermopolis, WY, today.
A pinched nerve in your neck or back can cause pain with even the slightest movement, slowing you down and interfering with your active lifestyle. Oftentimes, the symptoms improve on their own, but there’s no need to wait and suffer in the meantime. The orthopedic spine specialists at Premier Bone & Joint Centers offer the latest treatment options for painful spine conditions in Thermopolis, Wyoming. We can identify the cause of your pinched nerve and suggest an individualized plan to help you feel better.
What Exactly Is a Pinched Nerve?
A pinched nerve in the spine occurs when excess tissue, such as a bulging or herniated disc, thickened ligament, or bone spur, presses on the spinal cord or a nerve root. In addition to neck or back pain, a compressed spinal nerve can cause stiffness, numbness, muscle weakness, and tingling sensations that travel down an arm or leg.
When you visit Premier Bone & Joint Centers for pinched nerve treatment, you will see a board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic spine surgeon. To gain a thorough understanding of your condition, he or she will review your medical history, perform a physical exam, and possibly order some imaging tests.
Personalized Treatment for Your Pinched Nerve
Treatment for a pinched nerve can vary depending on the cause, location, and severity of the compression. In addition to time and rest, many patients benefit from nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), heat and ice applications, physical therapy, and/or corticosteroid injections. If a pinched nerve is traced to an underlying spine condition, such as spinal narrowing (stenosis), surgical treatment may be considered.
The orthopedic physicians at Premier Bone & Joint Centers have your back! After finalizing your diagnosis, we can recommend an effective treatment plan for your pinched nerve. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with a spine doctor at our satellite clinic in Thermopolis, WY.
A single episode of excessive strain, such as a bout of heavy lifting, can cause a herniated disc. More often, though, the condition results from degenerative changes in the spine that occur along with the aging process. Either way, a herniated disc can cause a lot of pain if it moves out of position and presses on a nearby spinal nerve.
If you need treatment for a herniated disc, the orthopedic doctors at Premier Bone & Joint Centers in Thermopolis, Wyoming, can get you started on the road to recovery. We’ll help you manage your pain so you can return to the active pursuits you enjoy as quickly as possible.
What Exactly Is a Herniated Disc?
Spinal discs are flexible cushions situated between vertebrae. Each disc has a firm outer border that contains a soft, gel-like center. Due to sudden trauma or gradual wear and tear, the outer coating of a disc can break open (herniate), allowing some of its inner material to seep into the spinal canal, where it can easily press on sensitive nerve tissue. In addition to neck or back pain, a herniated disc may cause:
- Tingling sensations
- Muscle weakness
During your visit to Premier Bone & Joint Centers, a board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic spine doctor will thoroughly evaluate your condition by performing a physical and neurological examination and possibly ordering some imaging tests.
How Is a Herniated Disc Treated?
Herniated disc symptoms often improve on their own with time. Until they do, however, it’s important to limit or avoid any activities that involve bending or twisting the spine, which can worsen the pain. Depending on the severity of the symptoms, we may suggest physical therapy to strengthen the muscles that support the spine or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to alleviate painful inflammation. As the team physicians for the University of Wyoming Athletics, our doctors have acquired extensive experience in treating herniated discs, so you can feel confident relying on our expertise.
Premier Bone & Joint Centers is an outstanding source of herniated disc treatment in Thermopolis, WY. Contact us today to require an appointment.
Is elbow pain disrupting your sleep or interfering with your daily activities? If so, you are welcome to consult with an experienced elbow doctor at Premier Bone & Joint Centers in Thermopolis, Wyoming, where you can benefit from the latest diagnostic and treatment services. Effective treatment for elbow pain always begins with an accurate diagnosis, which we will provide quickly to help you return to your active lifestyle as soon as possible.
Elbow Conditions We Diagnose & Treat
The elbow doctors at Premier Bone & Joint Centers diagnose and treat a broad range of painful elbow conditions, including:
- Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)
- Golfer’s elbow (medial epicondylitis)
- Cubital tunnel syndrome
- Olecranon fractures
- Radial head fractures
Our Conservative Treatment Philosophy
At Premier Bone & Joint Centers, we offer a full range of treatment options for elbow conditions, including both traditional and cutting-edge therapies. We take a conservative approach to treatment and prioritize patient education, which means your elbow doctor will work closely with you, fully explain your treatment options, and suggest the least invasive technique that he or she believes will lead to an optimal outcome.
If surgical treatment is appropriate for your elbow pain and you elect to proceed with a procedure at Premier Bone & Joint Centers, you can feel confident that you will be treated by a board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon who is experienced in performing the latest techniques in elbow surgery. These techniques include arthroscopy, ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) reconstruction (“Tommy John” surgery), and biceps tendon repair.
If you’d like to learn more about your treatment options for elbow pain, contact Premier Bone & Joint Centers today. One of our friendly representatives will be pleased to arrange an appointment for you with an elbow doctor at our satellite clinic in Thermopolis, WY.
If disruptive pain, stiffness, or dysfunction has left you searching for a reputable hand doctor, you can turn with confidence to Premier Bone & Joint Centers in Thermopolis, Wyoming. Our practice is led by a renowned team of board-certified, fellowship-trained specialists who take a patient-first approach to orthopedic care.
Specialist care for hand pain is important. An intricate structure that is essential to many daily activities, the hand is made up of myriad bones, ligaments, tendons, and nerves. Working seamlessly together, these components allow the hand to perform a variety of tasks ranging from threading a tiny needle to lifting a heavy box. When you consider the complexity of the hand and the ongoing demands placed on it, it’s easy to see that there are many reasons why it might hurt.
When to See a Hand Doctor
Aches and pains often come and go. What’s more, the hand is the most common part of the body to be affected by osteoarthritis, which gradually develops along with the natural aging process. Many bouts of discomfort resolve without professional treatment. With that said, how do you know if you should wait it out or seek medical attention? Here are some signs that you should consult with a hand doctor:
- Your painful hand is stiff, swollen, or bruised
- Your pain does not improve within a few days
- You have joint pain that worsens with rest
- You cannot easily type on a keyboard, grip a drinking glass, or perform other everyday tasks
- Your hand is visibly deformed
At Premier Bone & Joint Centers, you can benefit from highly personalized, convenient, and attentive care from a hand doctor. We offer the latest treatment options—both conservative and surgical—for a wide variety of conditions that can affect the hands, including osteoarthritis, tendonitis, trigger finger, carpal tunnel syndrome, Dupuytren’s contracture, ganglion cysts, sprains, and fractures.
Schedule Your Appointment Today
Receiving specialized care from a hand doctor in Thermopolis, WY, is easier than you might think. To request an appointment at Premier Bone & Joint Centers, contact our friendly team today.
If you are ready to seek medical attention for your shoulder pain, you have many options in Thermopolis when it comes to general practitioners. But effective shoulder pain treatment requires a specific skill set. You can receive world-class care from a shoulder doctor at Premier Bone & Joint Centers. Throughout Wyoming, our practice has earned a stellar reputation that is largely based on the focused expertise of our board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic specialists.
Shoulder Conditions We Diagnose & Treat
The shoulder doctors at Premier Bone & Joint Centers diagnose and treat shoulder pain caused by a variety of conditions, including:
- Fractures and dislocations
- Frozen shoulder
- Rotator cuff tears
- Shoulder impingement
- Acromioclavicular (AC) joint separation
In many cases, shoulder pain improves with conservative management, which may involve a combination of physical therapy, medication, and/or injections. After confirming your diagnosis, your shoulder doctor at Premier Bone & Joint Centers will explain your options and suggest a treatment plan that meets your unique needs and goals.
If you elect surgical treatment for your shoulder pain, you can feel confident entrusting your care to the team at Premier Bone & Joint Centers. Our surgeons are skilled and experienced in performing both traditional and cutting-edge procedures and utilize minimally invasive techniques whenever possible. Additionally, many of our shoulder surgeons are members of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
We Keep Active Bodies in Motion
The key to effective shoulder pain relief is an early and accurate diagnosis, which is the best way to ensure that you receive the most appropriate care. Contact Premier Bone & Joint Centers today to schedule a consultation with a shoulder doctor at our satellite clinic in Thermopolis, WY. Our goal is to keep bodies in motion, and you can count on us to help you get back to your active lifestyle as quickly and safely as possible.
Are you currently dealing with a sports-related injury or condition? If so, you should know that the sports medicine doctors at Premier Bone & Joint Centers in Thermopolis, Wyoming, share a steadfast commitment to providing compassionate care and individualized treatment for athletes of all ages and abilities. Ultimately, our goal is to help each patient return to his or her active lifestyle quickly and safely while minimizing the risk of further injury. Whether you have a sprained ankle, tennis elbow, or a rotator cuff tear, you can rely on our expertise!
At Premier Bone & Joint Centers, we offer a wide variety of treatment options ranging from conservative home therapies for minor orthopedic conditions to the latest surgical techniques for complex sports-related injuries. Following an in-depth evaluation performed by one of our experienced sports medicine doctors, we can develop a personalized treatment plan to address your unique needs and goals—and get you moving again.
Our Conservative Approach
In general, the sports medicine doctors at Premier Bone & Joint Centers take a conservative approach to treatment, reserving surgery as a last resort for addressing severe or persistent symptoms. In most cases, we begin with a combination of physical therapy and medication, which is often very effective. But if you ultimately elect to proceed with a surgical procedure, you can feel completely confident entrusting your care to one of our board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons.
No referral is needed to consult with the sports medicine doctors at Premier Bone & Joint Centers, where we are dedicated to helping our patients maintain an active lifestyle. If you are experiencing pain or reduced mobility, contact us to schedule an appointment at our satellite clinic in Thermopolis, WY. Our team knows your game, the specific injuries that are common among athletes who participate in certain sports, and the treatment options that can lead to a successful outcome.
Foot pain is common among individuals young and old. When you consider the significant stress your feet endure with every step you take, it’s easy to see why. Whether your pain is a result of sudden trauma or a chronic condition, you are welcome to turn to a foot doctor at Premier Bone & Joint Centers. Our team includes board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic specialists who are committed to providing prompt, attentive, and effective care. We’ll work with you to reduce your discomfort and get you back on your feet as soon as possible.
We Diagnose & Treat a Wide Range of Foot Conditions
A highly complex and intricate structure, the foot consists of 26 bones, 33 joints, and more than 100 muscles, tendons, and ligaments. The foot doctors at Premier Bone & Joint Centers have the specialized expertise necessary to address foot pain related to:
- Sprains and strains
- Achilles tendinitis
- Achilles tendon tears
- Plantar fasciitis
- Tarsal tunnel syndrome
- Heel spurs
- Flat foot
Because we emphasize conservative treatment whenever possible, your foot doctor at Premier Bone & Joint Centers will likely recommend that you begin with physical therapy, bracing, medication, ultrasound therapy, steroid injections, and/or other nonsurgical therapies. Then, if your symptoms persist or worsen, your foot doctor may suggest surgery. In this scenario, he or she will explain all of your options and recommend the least invasive approach that is appropriate for you.
To request an appointment with a foot doctor at Premier Bone & Joint Centers, contact us today. We would be happy to schedule your consultation at our satellite clinic in Thermopolis, WY.
Should you see a general practitioner for wrist pain, or would it be better to consult with a specialist? At Premier Bone & Joint Centers , we firmly believe that in order to provide the best possible patient care, it is important for a physician to study, train, and practice in a specialized area of medicine. This is especially true with respect to the wrist, a complex structure that is vital to many aspects of daily living. As such, specialist care from a wrist doctor is best.
Conditions We Diagnose & Treat
The board-certified, fellowship-trained wrist doctors who practice at Premier Bone & Joint Centers have the knowledge and experience necessary to expertly diagnose and treat a variety of wrist conditions, including:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Pinched nerves
- Torn ligaments
Treatment Options We Offer
The wrist doctors at Premier Bone & Joint Centers emphasize conservative treatment whenever possible, and we can often suggest nonsurgical therapies, such as medication, splinting, bracing, and physical therapy, to alleviate wrist pain and restore function. With that said, we may recommend surgery to address symptoms that persist or worsen after several weeks of conservative treatment. Our surgeons are skilled and experienced in utilizing the latest minimally invasive techniques when performing wrist arthroscopy, tendonitis surgery, carpal tunnel release, and other procedures.
Don’t allow wrist pain to get in the way of your active lifestyle. Contact Premier Bone & Joint Centers today to learn more about our practice or to request a consultation with a wrist doctor at our satellite clinic in Thermopolis, WY.
Pain in the neck (cervical spine) often goes away on its own, but sometimes it can become severe and disabling. If you’re in that situation, a neck doctor can help. The board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic specialists at Premier Bone & Joint Centers understand the burdens of living with chronic neck pain, and we’ve helped many patients manage or overcome it. At our satellite clinic in Thermopolis, Wyoming, you can work with an experienced neck doctor who can pinpoint the source of your discomfort and get you started on the road to recovery.
Cervical Spine Conditions That Can Cause Neck Pain
Neck pain can have many causes, and a proper diagnosis is essential to ensure effective treatment. The neck doctors at Premier Bone & Joint Centers have extensive expertise in diagnosing and treating:
- Bulging and herniated discs
- Spinal osteoarthritis
- Cervical spinal stenosis
- Pinched nerves
- Neck sprains
- Cervical fractures
To diagnose your condition, your neck doctor at Premier Bone & Joint Centers will ask about your symptoms and medical history, perform a thorough physical examination, and possibly order imaging tests, which may be performed at our on-site imaging center.
The Latest Treatment Options for Cervical Spine Conditions
After confirming your diagnosis, your neck doctor will work with you to develop a comprehensive treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. To help you make fully educated treatment decisions, your neck doctor will explain your diagnosis, go over your imaging scans, answer your questions, and discuss the reasoning behind his or her specific recommendations. We offer a full range of conservative and surgical treatment options for cervical spine conditions, including physical therapy, medications, bracing, and when necessary, minimally invasive surgical procedures. You can count on your neck doctor at Premier Bone & Joint Centers to recommend the least invasive approach that is likely to be effective.
If persistent neck pain is affecting your ability to enjoy all that life has to offer, a neck doctor at Premier Bone & Joint Centers can help. Request an appointment at our satellite clinic in Thermopolis, WY, today.
Neck or back pain can severely diminish your quality of life, but the right spine doctor can help you find the relief you need. Consider turning to the professionals at Premier Bone & Joint Centers. Our current practice traces its origin back to 1973, and since then we have built a world-class team of orthopedic specialists who provide a level of care that is unparalleled in the Thermopolis, Wyoming, area. In fact, our outstanding reputation has earned us a partnership with the University of Wyoming (UW), and we’re proud to serve as the team physicians for UW Athletics.
Spinal Issues We Treat
The board-certified, fellowship-trained spine doctors at Premier Bone & Joint Centers treat a wide variety of injuries and conditions that affect the spine, including:
- Bulging, slipped, and herniated discs
- Degenerative disc disease
- Pinched nerves
- Spinal fractures
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Spinal stenosis (narrowing)
- Kyphosis and lordosis
Our Conservative Treatment Approach
After evaluating your condition and getting to know you, your spine doctor at Premier Bone & Joint Centers will explain all of your treatment options. In general, we emphasize nonsurgical treatment whenever possible, reserving surgery as a last resort. However, if your spine doctor at Premier Bone & Joint Centers suggests surgical treatment, you can feel confident that you are in good hands, as our surgeons are skilled and experienced in performing the latest minimally invasive procedures, including spinal decompression, disc replacement, spinal fusion, and scoliosis correction procedures.
If you would like to consult with a spine doctor at Premier Bone & Joint Centers, contact us today. We will be happy to provide you with additional information and schedule an appointment for you at our satellite clinic in Thermopolis, WY.