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Orthopaedics Conditions & Treatments

Hip

Healthy hips give you stability and allow you to stay active. But sometimes problems arise due to over-activity or injuries that cause symptoms such as pain or clicking in the hips. Other health issues can affect your hips as well, such as arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, joint disease, labral tears and osteoporosis.

If you are having hip problems or pain, our orthopaedists can help. Our comprehensive hip program includes:

  • Total hip replacement, ranging from the anterior (front) hip approach to posterior (side) approach
  • Our Hip Preservation Clinic, for active patients not older than 35, is designed to delay the need for a hip replacement with services that include:
    • Hip resurfacing to preserve worn or damaged cartilage or bone
    • Hip arthroscopy to repair hips with minimally invasive techniques
    • Osteotomies to shift the hip inside the socket and alleviate pain
  • Hip revision surgeries, a repeat or a re-do surgery
  • Comprehensive education, including a Total Hip Replacement Joint Class for patients preparing for a hip replacement surgery
  • Hip arthroplasty, driven by our evidence-based ProvenCare® program
Available at: Bloomsburg (GBH), Danville (GMC), Lewistown (GLH), Scranton (GCMC), Shamokin (GSACH), Wilkes-Barre (GWV)
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Knee

Knee problems are common in people of all ages and include:

  • Knee pain
  • Arthritis, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Worn or injured cartilage
  • Osteoporosis
  • Injuries and/or tears of the tendons or ligaments
  • Joint disease

Our orthopaedists and knee specialists offer a comprehensive knee program that includes:

  • Total knee replacement, partial knee replacement or bilateral knee replacements, that can be performed using minimally invasive techniques
  • Knee revision surgeries
  • Reconstruction of torn and/or injured tendons and ligaments
  • Comprehensive education, including a Total Knee Replacement Joint Class for patients preparing for a knee replacement surgery
  • Knee arthroplasty, driven by our evidence-based ProvenCare® program, which guarantees the highest quality of care

Available at: Bloomsburg (GBH), Danville (GMC), Lewistown (GLH), Scranton (GCMC), Shamokin (GSACH), Wilkes-Barre (GWV)
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Neck, Back and Spine

Spine problems can be complex, causing pain and significantly affecting your quality of life. Our spine surgeons provide the most advanced nonsurgical and surgical treatments to help you get back on your feet, stay pain-free and enjoy your life. The wide range of spine and back conditions we treat include:

  • Scoliosis (curvature of the spine)
  • Myelopathy (compression of the spinal cord)
  • Kyphosis (rounding or hunching of the back)
  • Compression fractures
  • Herniated cervical and lumbar disc
  • Stenosis, sciatic nerve, narrowing of the spinal canal or pinched nerves
  • Disc degeneration
  • Infections
  • Spine trauma
  • Localized back pain
  • Spondylolisthesis (slippage of the spine)

Available at: Danville (GMC), Scranton (GCMC), Wilkes-Barre (GWV)
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Foot and Ankle

Your feet have 26 bones and more than 100 tendons, muscles and ligaments. So it's not surprising that things can go wrong. If you suffer from a foot or ankle problem caused by injury or wear and tear, our specialized, fellowship-trained foot and ankle orthopaedic surgeons and board certified podiatrists can help. We are committed to helping you stay pain-free and mobile. Common conditions we treat include:

  • Foot, ankle, arch and heel pain
  • Sprains and fractures
  • Arthritis
  • Bunions, foot callus and corns
  • Flat feet
  • Toe numbness and deformities
  • Tendonitis
  • Bone spurs
  • Bunions, corns and calluses
  • Hammer toe
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Foot ulcers, wounds and warts

Among the surgical procedures we offer are ankle replacement, reconstructive surgery and ankle tendon and ligament repair. Our foot and ankle specialists have extensive experience performing salvage surgery, forefoot/rear foot surgery, peripheral nerve surgery, and reconstructive and revision surgery.

If you have diabetes, or other foot related conditions you can also rely on our podiatrists at Geisinger Specialty Clinic, a service of Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, to help you manage your foot care.

Available at: Danville (GMC), Scranton (GCMC), Wilkes-Barre (GWV)
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Hand and Wrist

The hands and wrists are intricate structures, made up of delicate nerves, blood vessels, bones, tendons and muscles. Treating these important body parts is complex; our goal is always to restore as much mobility and function as possible. Common conditions we treat include:

  • Carpal and cubital tunnel syndrome
  • Trigger and mallet finger
  • Dupuytren's contracture (which can cause fingers to contract toward the palm)
  • Tendon injuries
  • Trauma and fractures
  • Arthritis and tendonitis
  • Sprains
  • Hand and wrist pain
  • Dislocations
  • Ganglion cysts and masses
  • Congenital hand and wrist conditions

Minimally invasive surgeries, nerve decompression, tendon repair, ligament repair, joint replacements and arthroscopic surgery are among the comprehensive procedures we provide to treat and hand and wrist conditions.

Available at: Bloomsburg (GBH), Danville (GMC), Scranton (GCMC), Shamokin (GSACH), Wilkes-Barre (GWV)
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Shoulder and Elbow

Acute or chronic shoulder and elbow pain can limit your everyday activities and keep you from doing the things you enjoy. Our specialists can reduce or eliminate your pain and help you regain mobility. We treat many common conditions, including:

  • Shoulder and elbow pain
  • Tennis elbow and golfer's elbow
  • Elbow clicking
  • Sprains, dislocations and fractures
  • Arthritis, bursitis, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Worn or torn cartilage and tendons
  • Dislocations and separations

Minimally invasive surgeries, total shoulder replacement surgery, reverse total shoulder surgery, rotator cuff surgery, and tendon repairs and transfers are among the comprehensive procedures we provide to give your shoulders and elbows relief and restore movement.

Available at: Bloomsburg (GBH), Danville (GMC), Scranton (GCMC), Shamokin (GSACH), Wilkes-Barre (GWV), Harrisburg (HSHS)
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Orthopaedic Trauma and Fracture Care

You can experience a fracture at any age, but not all fractures are the same. Some are complex; others are accompanied by serious skin wounds. In addition to having the expertise to effectively treat fractures of all kinds, we provide specialized trauma and fracture care including:

  • Our Geriatric Fracture Care Program - treating the elderly who need special fracture treatment with an interdisciplinary program that is one of the only in the nation.
  • Pelvic fractures
  • Fractures in or near bone joints and those bones with an artificial joint
  • Nonunions, or when a bone does not heal after a fracture
  • Malunions, or when a bone heals in an imperfect position
  • ProvenCare® Fragility Hip Fracture - A step-by-step care plan for hip fracture driven by evidence-based outcomes and research

The rheumatology staff in our acclaimed High Risk Osteoporosis Clinic will also work closely with you or your loved one to help keep bones healthy and avoid fractures in the future.

Available at: Danville (GMC), Shamokin (GSACH), Scranton (GCMC), Wilkes-Barre (GWV)
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Orthopaedic Oncology

Our fellowship-trained orthopaedic oncologist treats patients with the latest surgical and non-surgical treatment options for those with benign and malignant tumors, primary bone and soft tissue cancers, as well as other cancers that have metastasized to the bone.

Our multidisciplinary, highly trained and compassionate team, including medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, interventional and diagnostic radiologists, nurses and support staff, treat a variety of conditions, including:

  • Sarcoma and other musculoskeletal malignant tumors
  • Benign tumors of bone and connective tissue
  • Metastatic cancer of bone
  • Pathologic fractures

Our specialists use blood tests, X-ray, CT scans, MRI, biopsies and PET scans to assist in an accurate diagnosis and coordination of care.

Available at: Danville (GMC), Wilkes-Barre (GWV)
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Orthotics

Our orthotics specialists provide custom braces, diabetic shoes, helmets and other treatment devices for people of all ages with conditions that need correcting, including, but not limited to:

  • Club foot
  • Scoliosis
  • Foot and ankle pain
  • Knee pain
  • Torn ligaments and tendons
  • Plagiocephaly, infants that have flattening of one side of the head
  • Fractures
Over the counter orthotic devices can be provided at your orthotics appointment.

Available at: Danville (GMC)

Sports Medicine

Our fellowship-trained orthopaedic and sports medicine specialists provide you with high level of care for a full spectrum of sports-related injuries and conditions, keeping you healthy and active at all stages of life.Nationally recognized for their expertise, our sports medicine specialists treat injuries of the:

  • Head
  • Shoulder and elbow
  • Hand, wrist and fingers
  • Hip
  • Knee
  • Foot and ankle

Available at: Danville (GMC), Shamokin (GSACH), Wilkes-Barre (GWV), Scranton (GCMC)
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Learn more about our Sports Medicine services.

Pediatric Orthopaedics

Our pediatric orthopaedic specialists provide convenient, high-quality musculoskeletal care for children of all ages.

Orthopaedics is the medical specialty that focuses on the musculoskeletal system, which includes bones, muscles, joints, ligaments, tendons and nerves. Our pediatric orthopaedic specialists use innovative treatments and the latest technologies to keep children moving, playing and growing.

Our experienced staff can evaluate, diagnose and treat a variety of conditions, including:

  • Scoliosis and spinal disorders
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Perthes disease
  • Club feet and foot deformities
  • Neuromuscular conditions
  • Musculoskeletal conditions
  • Growth disorders
  • Malalignment of the legs, including in-toeing (feet that turn inward when walking or running), out-toeing, bowed legs (legs that curve outward, knocked knees and leg length discrepancy)
  • Infections
  • Fractures, sprains and strains
  • Tumors
  • Sports injuries of the hip, knee, ankle, shoulder and elbow as well as ACL reconstructions and meniscus repairs
  • Neonatal abnormalities
Available at: Danville (GMC)
Additional locations: See all locations

Learn more about our Pediatric Orthopaedic services.

Orthopaedic Wellness

Prevention is a very important part of orthopaedic care. Just as we need to protect our heart and lungs as we age, we also need to maintain a healthy lifestyle to protect our bones and muscles. Some of the risks and symptoms that increase as we get older include:

  • A risk of fracture as our bone mass decreases
  • Stiffer and less flexible muscles due to reduced use
  • Joint pain due to arthritis

What can you do to reduce or avoid these problems? Live a healthier lifestyle that includes nutritious food and daily exercise, and:

  • Add 30 minutes of activity to your day. Exercising helps keep joints with arthritis flexible and the muscles around those joints strong. It also reduces osteoporosis risk. Stay active by walking, swimming, bicycling and stretching.
  • Maintain healthy eating habits to avoid unnecessary weight gain. This reduces stress on your hips, knees and the back.
  • Eat a diet rich in vitamin D and calcium to help maintain bone and joint health.