Arthroscopy Specialist

Winchester Orthopaedic Associates, Ltd.

Orthopaedic Surgeons & Physical Therapists located in Winchester, VA & Ranson, WV

The ability to see what’s going on inside your joints is no longer a science fiction idea, but now possible for any patient with the use of arthroscopy. The team of orthopaedic surgeons at Winchester Orthopaedic Associates in Winchester, Virginia and Ranson, West Virginia use arthroscopy to diagnose and treat a variety of shoulder, hip, and knee conditions. If you’re suffering from joint pain and want advanced treatment using the least invasive methods, call Winchester Orthopaedic Associates or book an appointment online today.

Arthroscopy Q & A

What is arthroscopy?

Arthroscopy is a surgical procedure that provides your doctor with valuable visual information about problems inside your joint. The word arthroscopy stems from two Greek words that together mean, “to look within the joint.”

An arthroscope is a specialized instrument that has a small camera lens and lighting system at the end of a long, thin tube. The arthroscope is about the width of a pencil, which means your surgeon only needs to make a tiny incision to insert it.

Arthroscopy allows your surgeon to visually examine the inside of your joint, providing a clear diagnosis of any issues. Sometimes, they make multiple small incisions and use tiny surgical tools to treat injuries in your hip, knee, or shoulder.

What conditions does knee arthroscopy treat?

If you’re suffering from knee pain that doesn’t improve with physical therapy and nonsurgical treatment, the team at Winchester Orthopaedic Associates may suggest knee arthroscopy. This procedure can treat the following common knee issues:

  • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury
  • Knee pain from tissue damage
  • Meniscus injury
  • Kneecap problems

What conditions does shoulder arthroscopy treat?

Shoulder pain, swelling, and stiffness can limit your movement and prevent you from completing daily activities. If you have a painful shoulder condition that doesn’t improve with rest, physical therapy, and anti-inflammatory medications, the surgeons at Winchester Orthopaedic Associates may recommend shoulder arthroscopy.

Arthroscopy can help diagnose and treat the following shoulder conditions:

  • Rotator cuff injury
  • Torn ligaments
  • Labrum tears
  • Bone spurs
  • Inflamed tissue or loose cartilage in the shoulder
  • Recurrent shoulder dislocations

What conditions does hip arthroscopy treat?

Hip arthroscopy may help relieve pain and restore a normal range of motion to injured or otherwise damaged hips. If you have hip pain and stiffness that doesn’t resolve with more conservative treatments like physical therapy, your surgeon may recommend a hip arthroscopy.

In addition to acute injuries, arthroscopy can help treat the following conditions associated with hip pain:

  • Snapping hip syndrome
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Loose bone or cartilage fragments in your hip joint
  • Infection in your hip joint
  • Femoroacetabular impingement

If you suffer from joint pain and want relief from the least invasive procedure possible, call or click online to schedule an appointment with Winchester Orthopaedic Associates today.

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