Orthopedic Patient Education

Serving The Rio Grande Valley

Rio Grande Orthopedic Center
Orthopedic Patient Education

Orthopedics is the medical specialty devoted to the diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and prevention of injuries and diseases of your body's musculoskeletal system. This complex system includes your bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles and nerves that allow you to move, work and be active.

Many conditions can lead to the need for treatment from an orthopedic surgeon, the most common of these being Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis. Since there are many options available for treatment, both surgical and non-surgical, you need to be informed of these options to lessen the fear of seeking treatment for any of these conditions. Our highest recommendation is to seek the medical advice of a physician who alone, after an appropriate physical examination, can give you appropriate advice about your medical condition.

Patient Education information provided by Biomet, Inc. - Advanced Science for Real Living™

About the Hip 

About the Knee 

Types of Injections 

  • Cortisone Injections (betamethasone) is used to treat inflammation. It can be given every 3 months only, at physician’s discretion. Injections should not be given within 2 months of an upcoming surgery due to increased infection risk. Some side effects include restlessness, increased blood pressure and blood glucose (sugar).
  • Supartz (also called a viscosupplement) is a non-surgical, non-pharmacologic therapy for knee osteoarthritis. SUPARTZ FX therapy can help relieve your pain which improves your mobility and gets you back to your normal activities and a productive life.
    Patient Information provided by Bioventus L.L.C. ™
  • Euflexxa (1% sodium hyaluronate) is used to relieve knee pain due to osteoarthritis. It is used for patients who do not get enough relief from simple pain medications such as acetaminophen or from exercise and physical therapy. Patient information provided by Ferring B.V. ™



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