Formerly known as Alaska Hand-Elbow-Shoulder & Rhyneer Caylor Clinic.

When Would an Alaskan Need an Orthopedic Surgeon?

Do you enjoy outdoor activities but haven’t been able to fully enjoy them because of a recent injury or pain? Injuries or conditions left untreated can become chronic issues that hinder mobility and cause further pain. This blog post will inform you why you may need to see an orthopedic surgeon to help you recover and maintain your active lifestyle.

What Does An Orthopedic Surgeon Do?

Orthopedic Surgeons are skilled surgeons certified in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of musculoskeletal injuries or diseases. They can help treat mishaps or disorders affecting the bones, articulating joints, tendons, muscles, and ligaments. Reasons people may need to see an orthopedic surgeon vary from sports injuries to joint replacements to fractures.

Often, orthopedic surgeons offer conservative, non-surgical treatment options such as physical therapy, injections, activity modification, or bracing/splinting. If conservative treatment does not relieve pain and improve function, orthopedic surgeons offer minimally invasive surgical options or more complex surgical options if necessary. In the event that surgery is needed, orthopedic surgeons are recommended because they have specialty training in orthopedic procedures including shoulder, elbow, hand, hip, knee, and ankle surgeries.

When Do You Need to See an Orthopedic Surgeon? 

Alaska is a great place for outdoor activities, such as fishing, hiking, skiing, biking, 4wheeling, and snowmachining. Any of these activities could result in an injury or aggravate arthritic joints. Alaska Orthopedic Specialists can help you if you are facing a sports injury, fracture, arthritis, or any other musculoskeletal condition. Our highly specialized providers evaluate and treat both upper and lower extremities and have extensive experience in offering personalized orthopedic care in sports medicine, orthopedic trauma, joint replacement, and joint revision surgery.

Sports Injuries | Sports Medicine Specialists in Anchorage, AK

AlAlaskans live hard and play even harder. Living an active, rugged lifestyle can come at a cost, which is why our providers specialize in treating common sports injuries. From emergent traumas to degenerative conditions that develop after years of activity, our team works tirelessly to make sure you can continue doing the activities you love. If you have experienced a sports injury, call our office today to see a sports medicine specialist.

Wrist injury | Wrist Sprain or Fracture Treatment in Alaska

A common injury in Alaska is a slip and fall on an outstretched hand due to ice and snow.  A slip and fall injury may result in a wrist sprain or fracture.  If pain and swelling persist, call our office to see an orthopedic specialist.

Shoulder Pain | Shoulder Surgeon in Anchorage, AK

If you are experiencing recurring pain, weakness, limited range of motion, or instability in your shoulder joint, especially when lifting, reaching, or stretching the arms overhead, you may need to see an orthopedic specialist. Our team will use state-of-the-art technology and years of experience to come to a quick, accurate diagnosis and next steps.

Knee Injury | Alaska Knee Pain Specialist

It’s pretty usual that Alaska activities cause different sorts of knee pain. Sometimes it’s because of the cold or from gout, or due to arthritis and the natural aging process, often knee pain can also be caused by a sports injury. 

Orthopedic Surgeons in Anchorage – Alaska Orthopedic Specialists

Dr. Michael G.  McNamara, MD, is a Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon with over 25 years of experience in shoulder, elbow, and hand surgery. He is CAQ Certified in hand & upper extremity.

Dr. Jason R. Gray, MD is a Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon and is Fellowship-Trained in hand, elbow, & shoulder surgery. He also has experience in general orthopedics and sports medicine.

Dr. Mark T. Caylor, MD is a Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon with 19 years of experience in general orthopedics, sports medicine, and hip & knee reconstruction.

All three of our experienced orthopedic specialists are accepting new patient appointments to evaluate and treat orthopedic injuries or conditions. Don’t allow chronic pain or injuries to stop you from enjoying your active lifestyle. Please visit Alaska Orthopedic Specialists at 4015 Lake Otis Parkway Suite 201 Anchorage, Alaska, 99508, request an appointment here, or call us at (907) 771-3500.