Orthopedics in Charleston, SC
Our orthopedic physicians at Trident Health System work to treat your joint, back and neck pain with compassion and individualized treatment plans. We offer a variety of services to properly treat your orthopedic needs, ranging from physical therapy to surgery, so you can regain your range of motion and live pain free.
For more information or to speak with one of our orthopedic surgeons, schedule an appointment.
Trident Health System's hip and knee replacement programs have been certified by the Joint Commission.
Orthopedic conditions we treat
Orthopedic care is the treatment of conditions and injuries affecting the bones, joints, tendons and muscles. Our orthopedic specialists have experience treating issues that affect the entire musculoskeletal system, from your neck to your toes.
Whenever possible, our orthopedic doctors start with a nonsurgical treatment plan, using involving physical therapy, to reduce pain and restore movement. When surgery is needed, you can trust your health to Trident Health's skilled orthopedic surgeons.
Our surgeons use advanced technology in the form of small viewing scopes and surgical instruments, transforming the way that orthopedic surgery is performed compared to the past when most orthopedic surgical procedures required large incisions, lengthy hospital stays and weeks of recovery.
Back and neck pain
Back and neck pain usually is the result of a muscle strain or a soft tissue injury. If your pain does not get better in 72 hours, though, you should consult a physician. Sometimes physical therapy can help alleviate pain; other times, surgery may be warranted.
Our team is experienced in treating many types of spine conditions that cause problems with the back and neck.
Hand and upper extremity care
Many injuries and conditions can affect the hand, wrist, elbow or shoulder. Symptoms include pain, weakness, numbness, swelling or tingling. Problems with the upper extremities include:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Fractures and dislocations
- Ligament injuries
- Nerve damage
- Rotator cuff damage
- Tendon damage
Foot and ankle care
Foot and ankle problems can cause pain and limit your mobility. Common causes of these problems include:
- Arthritis and joint pain
- Cartilage and ligament damage
- Flat feet
- High arches
- Plantar fasciitis
- Tendonitis (inflammation of the cord attaching muscle to bone)
Kids are constantly active and moving around. When that happens, they're prone to injuries such as fractures, sprains and dislocations. Children may also have orthopedic abnormalities that are either present at birth or develop as their bodies grow. Some of these common issues can be present in the spine, hand and foot, knee and hip, or in the neuromuscular system.
We offer advanced pediatric care to help manage various orthopedic conditions for our pediatric patients.
Joint replacement procedures
Many people undergo joint replacement surgery to relieve joint pain that has not responded to other types of treatment. Surgeons at Trident Medical Center can now use robotic technology to perform total and partial knee replacements as well as total hip replacements. This technique can create better results and improved longevity for the joints.
We perform the following joint replacement procedures:
Total hip replacement surgery replaces the upper end of the thighbone (femur) with a metal ball. It resurfaces the hip socket in the pelvic bone with a metal shell and plastic liner. This surgery may be considered following a hip fracture (breaking of the bone) or for a person who has severe arthritis.
Total hip replacement surgery aims to replace the parts of the hip joint that have been damaged (or worn out) and to relieve hip pain that can't be controlled with other treatments.
After hip replacement surgery
In general, most patients will get out of the hospital bed with help on the day of surgery or the day after. Over the next few days, the patient will learn how to walk with a walker. The physical therapist and sometimes an occupational therapist will teach them how to exercise, walk, and do activities such as dressing and cooking while the hip is healing.
When a knee is severely damaged by disease or injury, patients may have to consider an artificial knee replacement. During knee replacement surgery, joint surfaces are substituted or replaced by a prosthesis.
The most common condition resulting in the need for knee replacement surgery is osteoarthritis, a degenerative joint disease, which affects mostly middle-aged and older adults.
Osteoarthritis is characterized by the breakdown of joint cartilage and adjacent bones in the knee. Other forms of arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis and arthritis that results from a knee injury, can also lead to degeneration of the knee joint.
Types of knee replacements we perform include:
- Total knee replacement
- Revision of total knee replacement
- Unicompartmental knee replacement
After knee replacement surgery
Rehabilitation (rehab) after a knee replacement can be very intense. The main goal of rehab is to allow the patient to bend the new knee at least to 90 degrees–enough to do daily activities such as walking, climbing stairs, sitting in a chair and getting up from it, as well as getting in and out of a car.
When arthritis has damaged or destroyed the shoulder joint, it may be replaced with a metal ball and plastic socket. Although there are many different types of shoulder replacements, the main focus remains on the bone's damaged surfaces being replaced.
The surgical procedure is generally considered more challenging and complex, and the rehabilitation program is prolonged. However, with a successful procedure, a patient can return to such activities as golf, swimming and tennis with little difficulty.
At Trident Health, we offer two types of shoulder surgery:
- Total shoulder replacement
- Partial (hemi) shoulder replacement
After shoulder replacement surgery
Rehabilitation after a shoulder replacement starts right away. It is not too demanding early on, but it is very important for the patient to do it.
Most surgeons will not allow the patient to use the shoulder muscle for several weeks after surgery. The main goal of rehab is to allow the patient to move their shoulder as far as possible so it is easier for the patient to do activities of daily living, such as dressing, cooking and driving.
Most patients eventually regain about two-thirds of normal shoulder motion after surgery. Other things that may affect how much movement the patient gets after surgery are how much movement they had before surgery and whether the soft tissues around the shoulder were also damaged.