At Sierra Pacific Orthopedics, the region's most preferred orthopedic practice, our specialty-trained general orthopedic doctors are recognized experts in assessing, diagnosing, and treating patients' bone, joint, and muscle needs.
General orthopedics is an area of medicine focused on the comprehensive and coordinated treatment of a variety of orthopedic conditions and helps people dealing with a range of musculoskeletal issues. Doctors who work in this area of medicine are sometimes referred to as orthopedists or orthopedic doctors. These medical experts have undergone extensive training in the treatment of disorders and injuries that affect a patient’s joints, bones, or soft tissues, such as cartilage, muscles, ligaments, and tendons.
General orthopedists help evaluate, treat, and manage patients who are suffering from degenerative diseases like arthritis. They also work with people who have fractures or need surgery. Whether the problem is in the knee, spine, hip, or another joint, an orthopedist can offer orthopedic care that is tailored to the goals and anatomy of each patient.
Some orthopedists focus on a subspecialty area, such as helping patients who require knee care, spine care, or hip care. Others may serve primarily as surgeons and perform surgical procedures, such as joint replacement. Sometimes, these doctors refer to themselves as general orthopedic surgeons or list their services as general orthopedic surgery. Other general orthopedists may focus more on nonsurgical care.
General orthopedists and general orthopedic surgeons may perform joint replacement orthopedic surgery, reconstructive procedures, tumor resections, and other orthopedic treatments, with the goal of restoring a patient’s mobility, function, and quality of life.
When Should I Seek Treatment From a General Orthopedic Surgeon?
Orthopedic conditions can result in a variety of symptoms. Pay attention to these symptoms so when you meet with a doctor, you can provide him or her with detailed information regarding your pain. People with orthopedic problems sometimes report symptoms such as:
- Chronic pain
- Difficulty sleeping
- Joint instability
- Limited range of motion of the ankle, knee, hip, or another joint
- Pain that gets worse, not better
If any of these symptoms seem familiar, you may have one of the following orthopedic issues:
- Ligament damage
- Plantar fasciitis
- Sports-related injury
What to Expect With Our Orthopedic Specialists
After a thorough assessment, which may include electrodiagnostic medicine or on-site imaging (including X-ray, MRI, and bone density scans), our doctors will work with you to determine a course of treatment. Our experts always consider nonsurgical treatment before recommending surgery, such as medication, physical therapy with one of our certified physical therapists, and in-office orthobiologics.
When orthopedic surgery is necessary, our surgeons utilize the state-of-the-art Summit Surgical facility and employ the latest techniques in performing advanced procedures for simple and complex needs to help restore your function.
The Strength of Experience at Sierra Pacific Orthopedics
At Sierra Pacific Orthopedics, we are dedicated to providing all our medical experts with every tool and resource they may need. This includes state-of-the-art technology, a dedicated staff, and the strength that comes from working side-by-side with a team of orthopedic surgeons and medical experts.
Our board-certified general orthopedic specialists are experts who have decided to focus their medical practices on patients who need comprehensive general orthopedic care. Dr. Jerome Dunklin, Dr. Rod Kraft, Dr. Michele Schulz, Dr. David Taylor, and Dr. Thomas Thomas are trained in the anatomy and function of the human body as well as the many conditions and injuries that can affect the musculoskeletal system. They offer a variety of nonsurgical solutions, as well as surgery, to help get you back to what you love.
If you have an orthopedic issue that is concerning you, contact us at (559) 256-5200 or request an appointment online to receive the specialized orthopedic care you deserve.