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Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Carrollton has advanced capabilities in the treatment of orthopedic injuries and diseases. Through our new Center for Orthopedics and Spine Surgery, we can combine personalized care and patient education to diagnose, treat and offer follow-up care for many orthopedic conditions.

From general surgery to the most advanced procedures, we can provide the care you need, when you need it most.

Orthopedic services include:

  • Total joint replacement -  including knees, shoulders and hip
  • Joint Wellness Program designed to help patients quickly return to their normal lives after joint replacement surgery
  • Minimally invasive treatments for hips, knees and shoulders
  • Complex joint reconstruction
  • Comprehensive sports medicine services
  • Inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation

For a referral to an orthopedic surgeon on the medical staff at Baylor Scott & White – Carrollton call 1.844.BSW.DOCS (1.844.279.3627) or search our online directory.

Can You Prevent Osteoarthritis?

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure! The less unnecessary stress you put on your joints, the less likely they are to wear out prematurely. Keep your weight under control. When working and exercising, try to use good posture, and if a joint starts to bother you, rest it immediately.   

Duncan McKellar, MD, orthopedic surgeon on the medical staff of Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Carrollton and Medical Director of The Joint Wellness Program makes the following recommendations to protect joints and prevent osteoarthritis:

  • Maintain your ideal body weight. Excess weight puts stress on your joints, especially your hips, knees, back, and feet.
  • Move. Exercise strengthens muscles around joints; this can help prevent wear and tear on cartilage in a joint.
  • Maintain good posture. Good posture protects your joints from excessive pressure, especially your neck, back, hips, and knees.
  • Do a variety of physical activity. Alternate periods of heavy activity with periods of rest. For example, if you do weight training one day, do aerobic exercise the next day. Repetitive stress on joints for long periods of time can cause the excessive wear and tear that can lead to osteoarthritis.
  • Pay attention to pain. If you have joint pain, don't ignore it. Pain after activity or exercise can be an indication you have overstressed your joints and that they need to rest.
  • Forget the weekend warrior. Start new activities slowly and safely until you know how your body will react to them. This will reduce the chance of injury.
  • Avoid injury to joints. Wear proper safety equipment. Don't leave helmets and wrist pads at home. Make sure your safety gear is comfortable and fits appropriately.

Talk to your doctor about joint pain you may be experiencing.  If you need a referral to an orthopedic specialist, call 1.844.BSW.DOCS (1.844.279.3627).

Jumper’s Knee

Jumper's knee, also known as patellar tendonitis, is a condition characterized by inflammation of the patellar tendon, which connects the kneecap to shin bone. The condition may be caused by overuse of the knee joint, such as frequent jumping on hard surfaces.

What are the symptoms of jumper's knee?

The following are the most common symptoms of jumper's knee. However, each individual may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:

  • Pain and tenderness around the patellar tendon
  • Swelling
  • Pain with jumping, running, or walking
  • Pain with bending or straightening the leg
  • Tenderness behind the lower portion of the kneecap

How is jumper's knee diagnosed?

In addition to a complete medical history and physical examination, diagnostic procedures for jumper's knee may include a radiograph of the knee to rule out a problem coming from the bones rather than the patellar tendon. 

Treatment for jumper's knee

Specific treatment for jumper's knee will be determined by your doctor based on:

  • Your age, overall health, and medical history
  • Extent of the condition
  • Your tolerance for specific medications, procedures, or therapies
  • Expectations for the course of the condition
  • Your opinion or preference

Duncan McKellar, MD, orthopedic surgeon on the medical staff of Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Carrollton and Medical Director of The Joint Wellness Program states, “The best approach to treatment for jumper's knee is to modify any activity that is causing pain.”  Treatment may also include:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications
  • Rest
  • Ice pack application (to reduce swelling)
  • Stretching and strengthening exercises

What Is Osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis is a disease that causes the cartilage in your joints to break down. Cartilage is a smooth substance that protects the ends of your bones and helps your joints move. Osteoarthritis becomes more common as people get older. To diagnose this disease, your doctor will ask about your health history and perform an exam. X-rays may also be needed.

Symptoms

Osteoarthritis can affect any joint, with women tending to get it in their hands. Weight-bearing joints, such as the hip and knee, are often affected in both men and women. Some of the more common symptoms of this disease include:

  • Joint pain and stiffness. Long periods of rest or using a joint too long or too hard can make pain and stiffness worse.
  • Weak muscles or wobbly joints.
  • Joints that have lost normal shape and motion.

If Surgery Is Needed

Osteoarthritis is a primary reason for joint replacement surgery.  For people with severe joint damage, surgery can reduce pain and improve movement.  Knee, hip, and shoulder joints are replaced most often,” said Duncan McKellar, MD, orthopedic surgeon on the medical staff of Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Carrollton and Medical Director of The Joint Wellness Program.

Total Joint Center

Certified by The Joint Commission in Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement, The Joint Center at Baylor Scott & White – Carrollton is designed to provide comprehensive care for patients who undergo joint replacement.

Our patient-centered and compassionate approach can help you return to normal, active living.

Joint Center Features

Our Joint Center features a designated unit with all private rooms. Your care is delivered by a dedicated staff specially trained in orthopedics. A Joint Wellness Coordinator will assist you in meeting your needs.

Some of the features you may enjoy during your stay with us are listed below. Our goal is to make your stay as comfortable as possible while working with you to get you back to an active lifestyle.

  • Designated unit specifically for joint replacement patients
  • A family member or friend can be your designated coach to help speed your recovery and assist with therapy
  • Dedicated staff trained to work with joint replacement patients
  • Back in casual clothes soon after surgery
  • Frequent updates of events and procedures
  • Group exercises
  • Education sessions
  • Coordinated care after discharge
  • Written instructions

It's a joint effort at Baylor, and we appreciate the opportunity to assist you on your road to recovery.

Family or friends are encouraged to participate and act as your “coach” during the therapy classes. We encourage you to wear your own clothes which helps eliminate the “inpatient” feeling and promotes the “wellness” concept.

For questions and more information about the Joint Center at Baylor Scott & White – Carrollton, please call 972.512.7434.

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