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Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

St. Luke's Health is dedicated to providing advanced patient care in orthopedic diagnosis, treatment, surgery, and rehabilitation for a full range of bone, joint, and muscle conditions, including sports injuries and joint disorders. Our experienced, board-certified orthopedists offer patients a comprehensive, personalized treatment plan. The physicians, nurses, and therapists work together to provide a full continuum of care.

We strive to be at the forefront of innovative and high-quality orthopedic care. We utilize minimally invasive incision and muscle sparing techniques to help you recover more quickly.

Many members of our academically oriented staff are also actively involved in clinical research trials for various types of arthritis and autoimmune diseases. Our orthopedic surgeons and rheumatologists work hand in hand to coordinate a full spectrum of care.

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Frequently Asked Orthopedic Questions

Orthopedics focuses on the musculoskeletal system, which is made up of muscles, bones, joints, ligaments, and tendons. Orthopedists specialize in this branch of medicine and use both surgical and non-surgical methods of treating musculoskeletal conditions.

Orthopedists treat conditions such as joint pain from arthritis, bone fractures, soft tissue injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, and congenital conditions like clubfoot and scoliosis. You can also turn to orthopedics to treat chronic pain in the neck, shoulders, and back. 

Both orthopedists and neurologists are qualified to treat most spinal injuries, but orthopedists spend more time working on the neck, back, and spine. However, only neurologists are trained to do surgery inside the lining of the spinal canal.

The orthopedist will want to diagnose your condition during the first visit, which may include a physical examination and X-rays. After a diagnosis, they will want to discuss treatment plans.

Although orthopedic surgery is usually covered by insurance as a medical necessity, you should still confer with your insurance company to determine if a procedure is covered by your plan. 

The cost of office visits, treatments, and procedures can vary based on factors such as the severity of your condition. Call us at (832) 598-7721for more information on costs and insurance.

Generally, when you need to see a specialist, your primary care physician will refer you to a trusted practitioner that works with your insurance. If you would like to find an orthopedist on your own, go to to find a St. Lukes orthopedist near you.

Yes, orthopedists are able to diagnose and treat athletic injuries and conditions caused by overuse, including tendonitis, meniscus tears, and torn ACLs.

The need for a referral from your primary care physician depends on your insurance company. Many plans, but not all, will require a referral before you can schedule an appointment with a specialist.

Before surgery, you will need to arrange for someone to take you home from the hospital and be your emergency contact. You should also pack loose clothing that you can wear after the procedure and remove any jewelry or makeup before arriving at the hospital.

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U.S. News & World Report

U.S News & World Report has recognized Baylor St. Luke's Health Medical Center as one of the best hospitals for several specialties.