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Lompoc Orthopedics

Comprehensive Orthopedic Care

At Lompoc Valley Medical Center, our board-certified providers are trained in sports medicine, arthroscopy, and reconstructive surgery—specializing in treating a wide array of orthopedic conditions. Our physicians pair decades of experience with the latest advancements in arthroscopic and minimally invasive techniques to treat the shoulder, hip, and knee. We provide treatments such as Euflexxa, Supartz, or cortisone injections to offer patients non-surgical options for pain relief.

If surgery is necessary, our orthopedic surgeons work with you to prescribe the most effective treatment possible. Our team of qualified physicians, surgeons, nurses, and physical therapists all work together to create a customized plan for your surgery, recovery, and rehabilitation, for a truly comprehensive experience that will help you get back to living an active life.

We treat a variety of orthopedic conditions, including:

  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Tear: An ACL sprain or tear is one of the most common knee injuries. Running diagonally in the middle of the knee, the anterior cruciate ligament helps prevent the tibia from sliding out in front of the femur, as well as provides rotational stability to the knee. An ACL sprain or tear may be caused by a sudden change in direction, stopping quickly, landing from a jump incorrectly, or collision. In about half the cases of ACL injury, there is damage present in other structures of the knee such as ligaments or the meniscus.
  • Meniscus Tear: The meniscus is a rubbery, C-shaped disk that acts as a “shock absorber” between the thighbone and shinbone—cushioning and stabilizing the knee joint. Typically, a meniscus tear is caused by a single acute injury, such as sudden twisting during sports activities. Symptoms may include pain, stiffness, locking of the knee, or a loss of motion.
  • Shoulder Instability/Labral Tear: The shoulder joint is comprised of three bones: the scapula, clavicle, and humerus. The humerus rests in a shallow socket in the shoulder blade and is surrounded by fibrous tissue rim, called the labrum, to stabilize the joint. If acute trauma or repetitive shoulder motions cause injury to this tissue, it can cause locking or popping at the shoulder, decreased motion, loss of strength, and shoulder dislocations.
  • Rotator Cuff Tear: A rotator cuff is a group of four muscles that come together as tendons to form a covering around the head of the humerus—attaching it to the shoulder blade to aid in lifting and rotating your arm. An acute tear can occur if you fall on an outstretched arm or lift something too heavy with a jerking motion. However, a degenerative tear can also occur as a result of repetitive wear and tear on the tendon.
  • Bicep/Tendon Injuries: The bicep muscle is at the front of the upper arm and is attached to the bones of the shoulder and elbow by tendons. Bicep tendon tears at the shoulder may cause loss of strength in the arm and pain when the arm is turned from palm down to palm up. Whereas symptoms of bicep tendon tears at the elbow may lead to weakness in bending the elbow, swelling, and visible bruising.
  • Fractures: Stress fractures are among the most common sports injuries and are typically caused by overuse. The muscles become fatigued and are unable to absorb added shock, transferring the stress overload to the bone and causing tiny fractures or cracks.
  • Hip Impingement: A traumatic hip dislocation occurs when the head of the thighbone, or femur, is pushed out of its socket—making immediate medical treatment necessary. These injuries are commonly caused by car collisions or falls. The most common impingement is posterior dislocation.
  • Tennis Elbow: Often caused by overuse of the elbow, this painful condition occurs when the tendons that join the forearm muscles on the outside of the elbow become inflamed. The symptoms include pain, a burning sensation on the outer part of the elbow, or a weakening of the grip.

Additionally, we may also provide consultations on bone tumors—from surface tumors to bone marrow tumors—as these tumors may weaken bones, leading to fractures.

Lompoc Orthopedic Providers Committed to Quality Care

Your quality of life is important to us, and our physicians are committed to providing the highest quality orthopedic care possible. Our experienced orthopedic specialists will communicate with you clearly about your options—providing both surgical and non-invasive treatments whenever applicable. We take the time to answer your questions and address your concerns, so you feel comfortable and confident.

For more information about our Lompoc orthopedic care services, call us at (805) 737-8700 today!

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