Orthopedic care involves a comprehensive range of services, including clinical orthopedics, physical therapy, arthroscopy and open surgery, and radiology and lab services. The Knee and Shoulder Institute, led by board certified orthopedic surgeons Dr. Steven C. Thomas and Dr. Gregory T. Bigler, provides these integrated diagnostic and treatment facilities in a state of the art environment.
The practice is equipped with cutting edge surgical technology and backed by a team of experienced professionals to deliver safe, proven and effective orthopedic solutions. The Knee and Shoulder Institute accepts most insurance plans, except HMO. It provides guidance to the patients about the most appropriate orthopedic treatment options and helps them make the best decisions.
Patients in Las Vegas, Nevada and surrounding communities have an opportunity to receive orthopedic care from Dr. Thomas and Dr. Bigler.
Instability of the shoulder joint, which causes abnormal motion, impingement or bursitis can be treated with orthopedic care. Some patients may sustain a rotator cuff tear, which separates the tendons that make up the cuff of tissue surrounding the shoulder bone.
Osteoarthritis of the shoulder bone can cause persistent pain and restriction of movement. All these conditions can be addressed with advanced orthopedic care or arthroscopic surgery.
Meniscus, which is considered a shock absorber of the knee, may sometimes tear due to an injury. Ligament injuries to the knee may range from minor stretching of the ligament to a severe rupture causing knee instability. When the knee cartilage gets damaged due to long-term wear and tear, infection or trauma, it can lead to osteoarthritis in the knee.
Physical therapy, medication and rest may be advised in case of minor knee injuries, but an arthroscopic knee surgery may be performed to correct major conditions. Knee replacement surgery may be considered in case of irreparable knee damage.
Tennis elbow is a common problem, which is usually sustained by people who are not tennis players. Certain drug routines and physical therapy can support healing of the injured tissue. In hard to heal or refractory cases, the orthopedic specialist may sometimes prescribe injections. Surgery may be performed as a last resort.
Ligament injuries to the elbow can occur while playing sports or performing other activities. After an accurate diagnosis, the treatment may be as simple as balancing and strengthening exercises or invasive as ligament repair or arthroscopic debridement. Patients with osteoarthritis in the elbow may be treated with activity modification and anti-inflammatory drugs. Minor arthroscopic surgery may be performed in some cases.
Ankle injuries are common, and may result in a partial tearing or rupture of vital ligaments. In case of an ankle sprain, the initial treatment involving immobilizing and resting the ankle. Taping and other ankle supports can be helpful in minor cases. Physical therapy may be recommended for motion and strength improvement.
Medication can mitigate inflammation, but in more severe cases, arthroscopic surgery may be required to treat the damaged joint surfaces. Board certified orthopedic surgeons Dr. Thomas and Dr. Bigler receive patients from Las Vegas, Nevada and nearby areas for ankle injury treatments.
If you would like to schedule an appointment or learn more about the Knee and Shoulder Institute procedures & treatments performed by Las Vegas, Nevada board certified surgeons Steven C. Thomas, MD and Gregory T. Bigler, MD. call (702) 933-9393; Physical Therapy (702) 933-9394