The Orthopedic Institute at Highlands Regional Medical Center is a dedicated unit designed to feel like an upscale hotel rather than a hospital. Each private room offers a newly renovated bathroom and is equipped with safety enhanced patient beds, the latest orthopedic equipment in addition to the electronic health record system.

Our goal is to exceed your expectations and restore your ability to resume doing the activities you love as soon as possible. We manage patients with general orthopedic surgical needs, including joint replacement.

The Orthopedic Team consists of board-certified Orthopedic Surgeons, registered nurses, an orthopedic nurse navigator, physical and occupational therapists, patient care assistants, and RN case managers. Your care is our number one priority.

The Orthopedic Evaluation

While every orthopedic evaluation is different, there are many commonly used tests that an orthopedic surgeon may consider in evaluating a patient's condition.

In general, the orthopedic evaluation usually consists of:

  • A thorough medical history
  • A physical examination
  • X-rays
  • Additional tests, as needed

Your medical history is taken to assist the orthopedic surgeon in evaluating your overall health and the possible causes of your joint pain. In addition, it will help your orthopedic surgeon determine to what degree your joint pain is interfering with your ability to perform everyday activities.

What the physician sees during the physical examination--which includes examination of standing posture, gait analysis (watching how you walk), sitting down, and lying down--helps to confirm (or to rule out) the possible diagnosis. The physical exam will also enable the orthopedic surgeon to evaluate other important aspects of your hips and knees, including:

  • Size and length
  • Strength
  • Range of motion
  • Swelling
  • Reflexes
  • Skin condition

In order to assist the orthopedic surgeon in making a diagnosis, it may be helpful to write down your answers to the following questions before the appointment:

  • Where and when do I have pain?
  • How long have I had this pain?
  • Do I have any redness or swelling around my joints?
  • What daily tasks are hard to do now?
  • Did I ever hurt the joint or overuse it?
  • Does anyone in my family have similar problems, such as spurs on the edge of the bone?