Frequently Asked Questions

What is the philosophy of ORCA?


At ORCA, the patient always comes first. Patients are treated with respect and compassion, and care is always individualized according to the patient’s needs. The healthcare professionals at ORCA are committed to doing what’s best for you.




What does an orthopedic physician do?


An orthopedic physician is a doctor who specializes in the diagnosis and rehabilitation of disorders, injuries and diseases of the body’s musculoskeletal system. This system includes muscles, ligaments, bones, nerves, tendons and joints. This medical specialist may treat musculoskeletal disorders through alternative therapies or surgery.




What is Tendonitis?


A tendon is a thick cord that attaches bone to muscle. If it becomes inflamed or irritated, the condition is known as tendonitis. Often, it is repetitive movements that cause tendonitis, such as tennis, throwing and painting.




What is the Achilles tendon?


The Achilles tendon is a cord of fibrous tissue that connects the calf muscles to the heel bone. It is common for this tendon to get injured, ruptured or partially torn. Common causes for an injury to the Achilles tendon are activities in which one starts, turns or stops abruptly, such as the movements in sports.




What causes hip pain?


There are many causes of hip pain. Hip pain may be the result of muscle strain, sciatica, arthritis, bursitis, fracture and more. Symptoms may include loss of motion of the hip, tenderness of the hip and groin pain. The treatment for hip pain is dependent on the root cause of the pain. Treatments may include cortisone medications or physical therapy. Hip fractures may require surgical repairs, including a total hip replacement.




When is knee surgery indicated?


The telltale signs that indicate you may benefit from surgery are persistent loss of motion, unable to bear weight on the knee and hearing a pop when you turn a certain way. When conservative methods are unable to treat knee injuries, your physician may recommend total knee replacement. This type of surgery entails removing some or all of the knee joints and replacing the damaged parts with an artificial joint.




What do the doctors at ORCA treat?


The doctors at ORCA are board certified in orthopedic surgery and treat conditions of the hip, elbow, hand, shoulder, feet and knee. They specialize in PRP, IRAP and Swiftpath. PRP is a blood product, which helps with wound repair in orthopedic surgery. IRAP is a method for reducing inflammation in a joint and helps reduce chronic knee pain and osteoarthritis. Swiftpath utilizes protocols and technology for the enhanced recovery of joint replacement. This method allows for a quicker recovery after surgery and a faster return to work and daily activities. VIEW OUR SERVICES HERE





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