OrthoKansas: It's not just about broken bones

Published on October 21, 2021

OrthoKansas: It's not just about broken bones

When you’ve got a broken bone, it makes sense that you might receive a referral to an orthopedic surgeon. But if you’ve got knee, hip or shoulder pain, swelling or other musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions, turn to the providers at OrthoKansas – a regional destination for progressive, multidisciplinary orthopedic and sports medicine care - for help.

“OrthoKansas is a multidisciplinary clinic that specializes in treating the breadth of MSK conditions,” said sports medicine physician Dr. Stephan Prô. “While we certainly treat broken bones, we also provide care for patients with other muscle or tendon issues.”

Dr. Stephan Pro

Dr. Stephan Prô

Our orthopedic and sports medicine providers treat a variety of MSK issues, including:

  • Pain – joint, muscle, tendons, ligaments, cartilage
  • Arthritis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Cubital tunnel syndrome
  • Dislocation
  • Joint replacement
  • Limited range of motion
  • Muscle and tendon injuries, including ACL, MCL and Achilles injuries
  • Osteoporosis

“Our providers have the knowledge and skills to address and care for many orthopedic, joint and muscle conditions for patients of all ages and abilities, from infant and pediatric injuries to end-stage active people and everything in between,” said orthopedic surgeon Dr. Adam Goodyear. “You’ll receive personalized, comprehensive care close to home, from providers you trust. We provide convenient care – from medical care to imaging and therapy – all in a one-stop-shop.”

Tell me about my first visit

If over-the-counter medications such as Advil or Aleve or rest, ice, compression and elevation (RICE) haven’t alleviated your symptoms, Dr. Prô said that it’s probably time to seek medical help.

“If you have a joint or muscle condition that isn’t improving, it’s always appropriate to contact us for care. OrthoKansas has a number of providers that can provide evaluation for any MSK condition,” he said.

Doing a little prep work for your visit with one of the OrthoKansas orthopedic or sports medicine providers will help ensure that your appointment goes smoothly. Here are some things you can do:

  • If you’ve seen healthcare providers that aren’t affiliated with LMH Health, make sure that your prior medical records or imaging are available. Contact your previous providers to provide authorization to release your information.
  • Write down your injury history and share that during your appointment.
  • Evaluate your pain so you can share where and how frequently it occurs and what aggravates the injury.

“The biggest thing you can do is to be patient, especially if there’s any wait time before we can see you

Dr. Adam Goodyear

Dr. Adam Goodyear

in the clinic, as we sometimes have to wait for swelling to go down before treatment,” emphasized Dr. Goodyear. “We want to take care of every patient’s complaints and problems and we’ll do it in the timeliest manner possible.”

At their first appointment, patients who turn to OrthoKansas for evaluation and treatment can expect to undergo a thorough examination and X-rays or other imaging, even if they’ve been done before. LMH Health partners with the MSK-trained radiologists at Radiologic Professional Services. You can count on their expertise and experience with the subtleties of this imaging to find the intricacies of MSK-related disease.

The advanced imaging center at the LMH Health West Campus provides accurate, same-day results from specialized orthopedic imaging units with advanced 3D viewing capabilities. This includes access to higher resolution imaging using the first 3 Tesla MRI in the area. This technology allows patients to get clearer images close to home, without having to drive to Kansas City or Topeka.

The West Campus also boasts 3D technology that’s not found anywhere else in the region - Robotic Advanced X-ray (RAX). This technology is used by NFL teams including the Dallas Cowboys.

A variety of options for treatment

Once x-rays and the exam are complete, the team will sit down with you to discuss treatment recommendations and options.

“Treatment plans are patient-driven, meaning that we provide you with information, but it’s a shared decision-making process between the patient and provider. We won’t dictate what your process is going to be,” said Dr. Goodyear.

Surgery isn’t always the first approach to care at OrthoKansas. Depending on your history and examination, your doctor may recommend conservative treatment options before discussing surgical options.

“We might recommend non-surgical treatments like taking a course of anti-inflammatory medications, injections or physical therapy (PT) or a combination of these interventions,” Dr. Prô explained. “When you need PT, the teams at LMH Health Therapy Services and OrthoKansas work closely to care for you and tailor a treatment plan to fit your needs. Our multidisciplinary approach gives us the ability to treat most orthopedic injuries and conditions in house, closer to where our patients live and play.”

If medication and/or therapy don’t relieve pain and improve function, you may need surgery to repair your injury. Dr. Goodyear knows you’re in great hands at OrthoKansas.

“Every one of our surgeons is either fellowship-trained or has vast experience due to their years of practice. We cover almost any MSK surgery you can think of, with the exception of tumor or soft tissue sarcoma surgeries,” he said. “If you need care outside the scope of our expertise, we’ll use our relationships with other providers to get you where you need to be.”

Providing care throughout the region

“OrthoKansas is more than just a clinic at the West Campus. Patients across the region benefit from quicker access to care through our partnerships with Newman Regional Health in Emporia, F.W. Huston Medical Center in Winchester and Holton Community Hospital,” Dr. Goodyear said.

Student-athletes at the collegiate level and high school levels benefit from these relationships as well. We care for athletes at the University of Kansas through our partnership with Kansas Team Health, along with providers from the University of Kansas Health System. OrthoKansas is also the official sports medicine provider for Baker University Athletics and the preferred orthopedic partner of Emporia State University Athletics.

OrthoKansas athletic trainers are integrated into regional high schools to provide orthopedic care for high school student-athletes. We provide trainers in Baldwin City, Basehor-Linwood, Bishop Seabury, Eudora, Lawrence, McLouth, Perry-Lecompton and Tonganoxie.

Whether it’s an acute injury, chronic injury or an unrelated health condition, the team at OrthoKansas treats the whole person and collaborates with LMH Health specialists to provide comprehensive healthcare services. We have the clinicians, technology and facilities to provide healthcare that’s not only exceptional for a community hospital—it’s among the best anywhere. Give us a call and see how we can help you.

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