The Department of Orthopedic Surgery
Orthopedics is the medical specialty focusing on prevention and correction of disorders of the skeleton, joints, muscles, connective tissue and other supporting structures of our bodies (i.e., cartilage and ligaments). This complex system allows one to move, work and be active.
Seventy percent of all ailments in young active people involve the musculoskeletal system. As people age, their chance of developing the debilitating joint affliction known as arthritis increases.
The Department of Orthopedic Surgery at California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) provides specialized services for treating conditions of the foot and ankle, knee, hip, shoulder, elbow and hand as well as spinal ailments. The orthopedic surgeons at CPMC also offer specialized care for nonunions and deformities of bones and bone infections (osteomyelitis).
For more information about the services provided by the Department of Orthopedic Surgery or to find a physician, please call 888-637-2762.
Meanwhile, at our St. Luke's Campus, the expert physicians in the Department of Orthopedics offer leading-edge patient care through the integration of orthopedic surgery, spine surgery, sports medicine, pain management, physiatry and podiatry.
An array of treatment options are offered to improve mobility and reduce pain, using medication and physical rehabilitation as well as minimally-invasive surgical techniques and total joint replacement.
St. Luke's pain management specialists treat patients experiencing chronic pain using a combination of medication management, interventional techniques, cognitive behavioral health and alternative medicine.
The range of disorders treated include:
- Spine disorders: back and neck pain, including herniated discs, spinal stenosis, post-surgical syndromes and tumors.
- Pain due to arthritis
- Complex regional pain syndrome (also known as reflex sympathetic dystrophy or RSD)
- Disorders of the nervous system, including shingles, and peripheral nerve injuries
- Cancer pain
- Intractable spasticity associated with multiple sclerosis or spinal cord injuries
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Physiatrists are specially trained in physical medicine and rehabilitation and the non-surgical management of conditions affecting muscles and bones. The focus is on pain relief, restoring flexibility and building strength with the goal being to restore function. Each patient receives an individualized prescription for therapeutic exercise and takes an active role in the rehabilitation process.
We work closely with community practitioners to combine traditional treatment with other approaches such as:
- Tai Chi
- Chiropractic and Osteopathic medicine
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Podiatrists strive to improve the overall health of patients through prevention,diagnosis and treatment of conditions associated with the foot and ankle.
Services provided by the podiatrists at St. Luke's include:
- Reconstructive surgery of the foot and ankle
- Arthroscopic surgery of the ankle
- Wound care of the foot and ankle
- Sports and work-related injuries of the foot and ankle
- Custom orthotics, braces and diabetic's shoes
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