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Orthopedics is a branch of medicine that focuses on diagnosing, preventing, and treating injuries and diseases of your body’s musculoskeletal system.
The feet and ankles are complex structures of the body. They are made up of 26 bones, 33 joints, several muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Together, these structures provide movement and stability to the entire body. Injuries to the feet and ankles can make everyday activities like walking and standing painful.
The structure of the hand is a complex network of bones, nerves, and tendons working together to enable the hand to function with ease in everyday activities. When these structures are injured and everyday activities become painful or difficult to complete, a doctor specializing in the care of the hand, wrist, and forearm can step in to help.
When the spine ages, it can create painful symptoms throughout the body and can make everyday motions difficult. A team of physicians specializing in the care of the spine can help relieve your pain.
A physician practicing sports medicine focuses on sports-related medical services. This may include preventative measures such as conditioning and injury prevention, as well as treatments such as osteopathic manipulation, rehabilitation, or injections.
A joint is any place in the body where two bones meet. The human body has many different types of joints, including ball-and-socket joints , hinge joints, pivot joints, and ellipsoidal joints. Surgeons can replace joints in any part of your body, but most commonly replace hip and knee joints. Arthroplasty, more frequently known as joint replacement surgery, involves the removal of damaged joints that cause pain or impaired function and replacement with artificial prosthesis. Joint replacement surgery is incredibly prevalent. In fact, according to the American College of Rheumatology, approximately 790,000 knee replacements and over 450,000 hip replacements occur each year in the U.S.
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What is orthopedics?
Orthopedics is the medical specialty that focuses on injuries and diseases of your body’s musculoskeletal system – bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles, and nerves.
What areas of care does orthopedics include?
TPMG Orthopedics includes foot and ankle surgery, hand surgery, spine care, and sports medicine.
Where can I go to receive orthopedic testing and treatment?
TPMG Orthopedic practices include TPMG Tidewater Sports and Osteopathic Medicine (Greenbrier and Virginia Beach), TPMG Spine Center, TPMG Foot and Ankle, and TPMG Orthopedics. Please see our locations above.
How should I prepare for my orthopedic appointment?
Please be sure to bring your insurance card, Photo ID, list of medications, including dosage; x-rays on a disc if done in the last 6 months or since the injury if it’s a new injury; name and location of the pharmacy you use, co-pay, and completed questionnaire printed from the website if you are a new patient or for a new problem.
When should I see an orthopedic specialist?
Please visit an orthopedic specialist if:
- You have experienced an injury that causes pain to linger for more than two or three days.
- You are experiencing chronic pain in the joints and bones.
- Your pain prevents you from performing normal, day-to-day activities.
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