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Jackson Hole Orthopedics

Bone & Muscle Health Care

When you come to St. John’s Health in need of orthopedic care, you can expect compassionate service from a highly qualified team of bone and muscle specialists. Orthopedics covers a broad range of health concerns, from minor aches and pains to treatment of spinal damage and sports-related injuries. Patients in need of an orthopedist are often in a lot of pain, and in addition to treating your condition, our staff works to you feel better as a whole by discussing the problem, how it’s affected your life, and what you are hoping treatment will accomplish.

What to Expect From an Orthopedist

Orthopedic medicine is focused on the musculoskeletal system—the support system for your body consisting of muscle, bone, cartilage, ligaments, joints and more. Your primary care physician should refer you to an orthopedist when standard treatments prove ineffective.

It may be time to see an orthopedist when you deal with:

  • Chronic pains in joints, feet, shoulders, or muscles
  • Back pain
  • A sports-related injury
  • Torn ACL, MCL, or meniscus
  • Arthritis
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Bone fractures
  • A broken hip
  • Osteoporosis

During your first visit with the orthopedist, expect some detailed questions about your condition. Don’t worry about having all the answers, just answer as best you can so they can plan out the next step in diagnosis. A physical examination is often conducted to assess your range of motion, which specific areas are experiencing pain, and your overall physical fitness. Imaging tests may be required if your condition cannot be diagnosed through a physical.

Once a diagnosis is made, the orthopedist explains the condition and how different treatments can help. Treatment could involve physical therapy, medication, or surgery. Patients in need of joint or spinal surgery can benefit from St. John’s state-of-the-art Joint & Spine Center, where the comfortable amenities and relaxing atmosphere help stimulate a faster recovery.

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