Dr. Rashkin has been trained in three medical specialties.
Having studied Orthopedic Surgery, Dr. Rashkin has been trained to treat a wide range of injuries to the musculoskeletal system, which includes the bones, joints, muscles, ligaments and tendons, in either a non-surgical or surgical manner, resorting to surgery when all other treatment methods have been exhausted or ruled out. Additionally, Dr. Rashkin is trained to diagnose a range of musculoskeletal conditions, such as fractures or sprains.
Orthopedic surgery is a medical specialty focused on the repair of any part of the musculoskeletal system. Although the name identifies the specialty as being surgical, not all procedures performed by orthopedic surgeons involve actual surgical procedures or operations. Because the musculoskeletal system is comprised of the muscles, joints, tendons, ligaments and bones, there are many different complications and injuries that an orthopedic surgeon may treat.
Orthopedic surgeons may be consulted after a patient has received an injury resulting from spine disorders, hip disorders, musculoskeletal tumors, sports injuries, hand and arm disorders, foot and ankle disorders, limb deformities, congenital disorders and cerebral palsy, among many others. Some of the most common procedures performed by orthopedic surgeons include knee arthroscopy, shoulder arthroscopy, carpal tunnel release, removal of support implants, hip replacement, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction and repair of the rotator cuff tendon, among many others.
Orthopedic surgeons not only operate on and treat patients, but they are also often involved in diagnostic procedures and related care. When crafting a treatment plan, either surgical or non-surgical, orthopedic surgeons must take into account any impending side effects of the procedure, as well as the time and effort of rehabilitation therapy that will need to take place, among other factors. Orthopedic surgeons are also trained to educate patients on the prevention of injury and the treatment they are receiving, as well as any diet and lifestyle changes that may be able to assist in recovery or the prevention of further injury.
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Having studied Orthopedic Spine Surgery, Dr. Rashkin has been trained to diagnose and treat degenerative diseases, arthritic conditions, fractures, tumors, deformities such as scoliosis, lower back pain and other conditions through various surgeries and treatments (some non-surgical) of the spine and vertebrae. Dr. Rashkin will consult with the patient to explain the various avenues of treatment, and may consult with other physicians to determine if a surgical procedure is necessary.
Orthopedic spine surgery is a highly specialized field of orthopedic surgery that encompasses the surgical and non-surgical treatment of injuries and/or disorders affecting the spine. Although many diseases or disorders affecting the spine may be treated with conservative management of the condition, this is not always the case. Spine surgeons may often work in conjunction with a multidisciplinary team when providing care, coordinating with specialists such as radiologists, oncologists, internists, and physical medicine physicians to ensure a healthy surgery and rehabilitation.
These physicians are trained to diagnose and treat a wide range of spinal injuries, whether they be congenital disorders, tumors, degenerative disorders, traumatic injuries, growths, herniated discs, spinal nerve problems or otherwise. Procedures performed by orthopedic spine surgeons may include spinal fusion to correct scoliosis, lumbar decompression, lumbar disc replacement, discectomy & endoscopic microdiscectomy and laminectomy operations, among other procedures.
Depending upon the diagnosis, specific patient’s condition and skill of the orthopedic spine surgeon, varying surgical techniques may be utilized. Traditional spine surgery (sometimes referred to as open back surgery) requires the surgeon to create a 5 to 6 inch incision in the patients back before moving muscle and tissue away from the spine in order to begin operating. Surgeries like these will cause substantial post-operative pain, and may take the patient up to a year to fully recover. Other, minimally-invasive operations require a much smaller incision and less manipulation of the muscle and tissues of the back. For obvious reasons, post-operative pain of minimally invasive surgery and recovery time is not as significant and lengthy.
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Having studied Sports Medicine, Dr. Rashkin has been trained to provide treatment and prevention plans for those participating in sports-related activities. Dr. Rashkin is trained to treat complications such as muscle tears and strains, concussions, tendon and ligament damage, shin splints, sports hernias, fractures, and a variety of others.
Sports medicine is a medical specialty that encompasses the study, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of injuries or disorders relating to sports and physical activities. Physicians that practice in the area of sports medicine are often referred to as sports medicine specialists. Many types of physicians can practice sports medicine, including orthopedists, psychiatrists and primary care sports medicine physicians.
When a patient sustains an injury while playing sports, or has a condition that affects their performance in physical activity, they are often referred to a sports medicine specialist who has specialized knowledge in the treatment of these types of injuries. The spectrum of care provided by sports medicine specialists is quite wide – it can encompass injuries such as muscle strains and tears, sprains, dislocations, concussions, injuries to tendons and ligaments, fractures, injuries to cartilage, tendinitis, asthma, overuse injuries, heat-related illnesses and nutritional issues, among others.
Sports medicine specialists may be employed in a wide range of settings. For example, these physicians may provide care as part of a private practice (often as part of an orthopedic practice), where adolescents and young adults who play sports may receive treatment for any injuries they may sustain. In other cases, professional sports teams and colleges may employ a sports medicine specialist full time to care for members of the team both on and off the field. These specialists may also be found providing care in hospitals.
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