FAQ

Here is a list of our Frequently Asked Questions.

What is Orthopaedics?
Orthopaedics is a medical specialty that deals with the specializes musculoskeletal system. An Orthopaedist, or an Orthopaedic Surgeon, is a physician who specializes in treating disorders of the musculoskeletal system —the system of the body that includes bones, joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, skin, and any structures related to them.

Much of the early work in Orthopaedics involved children who had spine or limb deformities. Treatment included the use of braces to straighten the child’s body, and to correct deformity. Today, Orthopaedists provide many forms of treatments-casts for broken bones, exercises or medication for musculoskeletal injury or disease, and surgery such as implanting artificial joints and reconstruction of damaged limbs.

Some Orthopaedists confine their practice to specific areas of the musculoskeletal system, such as the spine, hip, foot or hand, However, most practice general orthopaedics, treating a wide variety of diseases, injuries, and conditions.

What is Orthopaedic surgery?
Orthopaedics is the branch of surgery which deals essentially with bones and other bone-related structures. Most of the orthopaedic surgery performed follows traumatic accidents (falls, motor vehicle accidents, twisting injuries and the
like), but other surgeries include correction of congenital and developmental limb deformities.

What are the common problems in Orthopaedics
Some of the common problems are those caused by injuries from accidents that occur at home, at work, on the highways, and from competitive sports. The most frequent are:

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  • torn ligaments
  • dislocations
  • sprains
  • tendon injuries
  • pulled muscles
  • ruptured discs and sciatica

In addition to injuries, Orthopaedists also treat more chronic conditions such as problems with the back, legs, and feet. These include:

  • arthritic joints
  • low back pain
  • scoliosis (curvature of The spine)
  • knock knees or bow legs
  • bunions and hammer toe

Orthopaedic practice also includes the treatment of arthritis and bursitis. Other serious conditions treated by Orthopaedic surgeons are deformities present at birth or congenital abnormalities, growth abnormalities, osteoporosis, muscular dystrophy, and cerebral palsy.

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How do I get a prescription refill?
We never want you to run out of your medication. Therefore, please follow these simple steps regarding prescription refills. During your office visit, ask your doctor to write a prescription for any of your medications that are running low. If you are running low on a medication between office visits, please call the office at (702) 388-1008 or have your pharmacist call the office and request a refill. Please allow at least 48-hours for refills to be called in.

Some strong medications such as pain pills cannot be refilled by your pharmacy. They require a written prescription. Please give our office at least 48-hours notice when you’ll need a written prescription.

Will my insurance cover the cost if service?
There is no clear-cut answer to this question because insurance programs vary greatly with respect to services allowed. The patient is responsible for all fees, regardless of insurance coverage. It is customary topay for office services when they are rendered unless prior arrangements have been made. As a courtesy, we will bill your insurance company. The office staff will be happy to review your insurance coverage with you and answer any questions that you may have. Patients with accepted work-related injuries covered by Worker’s Compensation will not be responsible for their bill unless their claim is denied.

What should I do in an emergency?
You can reach one of our doctors 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling the office number. You may be advised to proceed to an emergency facility.