Specialties

Academy Orthopedic Clinic specializes in General Orthopedic Care. Within this field there are subcategories dealing with specific areas of the body. Sprains, strains, breaks, fractures, arthritis, chronic pain, and inflammation can all be treated in any of these areas with very few exceptions. Please note that we do not perform surgery within the Clinic, (although our providers have surgical training) and if it is determined that you will require surgical attention, we will facilitate a referral for you and verify that they accept your insurance and perform the surgery recommended for you. We also take advantage of our in-clinic technology by offering: x-rays, casting, ultrasound imaging, PRP, and we offer MRI’s on Saturdays. If your condition is not listed in one of the following areas, and you have a question as to whether we are able to treat you, please do not hesitate to call!

Sports Medicine

One of the most common causes of orthopedic injury is, without a doubt, sports or sport-related activities. These injuries are treated daily in our clinic, especially those of local high school team members. Because of our popularity among these young athletes, our providers have plenty of experience in this field.
For specific injuries, please refer to the subcategory/area that your issue would best fit.

Pediatric Orthopaedics

Our Clinic treats patients ages 2 years and older. We know how important children are, and it is always heartbreaking to see them in pain of any kind. The utmost care will be taken to make sure your children are as much a priority for us as they are for you.
Please note that if you would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Epstein, she does not treat patients under the age of 6 years.

Spine

There are three very crucial areas of your spine: Cervical (upper), Thoracic (middle), and Lumbar (lower). Your spine is key in everyday motor functions. Walking, balancing, turning your head, and even just standing still are seriously impaired by damage to any of these. As one of the most important structures, great care is required when treating injuries to your spine. We offer many conservative (non-surgical) treatments, but we do not offer spinal injections.

Shoulder & Arm

The areas of your arm and shoulder include two joints and so are twice as vulnerable to injury. Joints can be twisted, overworked, overextended, jammed, or any number of other things. These are two of the most routinely exercised areas as well, due to the frequency we must reach, toss, wave, lift, etc. in our daily life. We provide care for overuse, or acute (sudden) injuries, as well as degenerative problems. Rotator cuff injuries and tendon tears in your shoulder are also fairly commonplace and the range of options we can offer you as far as treatment may surprise you!

Wrist & Hand

Your wrist and hand contain some of the smallest bones in your body, connected by a series of interwoven ligaments and tendons. Like any machine, even the smallest damage to one part can cause the whole system to malfunction. Many jobs can cause repetitive motion injuries or irritation. Since we use our hand so frequently, any damage can seriously impair your daily life!

Hip

Your hips are a central point for movement in your body. As a ball-and-socket joint, they allow a very large range of motion for your legs. This means they seriously effect balance and basic lower body motor functions. It is not unheard of that injuries or loss of blood flow to your hip can cause discomfort to spread to the surrounding areas (thighs, lower abdomen, and groin). The hip joint itself, and the connective tissues around it can become damaged from: overuse, sudden injury, or disease.

Knee

One of the more frequently injured areas from sports activity, your knees can become probelmatic if not treated correctly when injured. Your knee, a hinge joint, allows a much smaller range of motion than your shoulder or hip, and so is more likely to be bent the wrong way during activity beyond daily routine. When your knee is injured, you may experience inflammation, a popping or grinding sensation, or loss of motion. Knees are also effected by degenerative diseases, such as osteoarthritis, which put limitations on your everyday life.

Ankle & Foot

Ankle.3Ankles and feet suffer the most amount of daily stresses than any other part of the body. Every step we take creates pressures between four to seven times our body weight on our feet. An average person puts about sixty tons of pressure on each foot by walking a mile. Yet our ankle and feet tolerate these punishments without much complaint. It then benifits us to care for our feet and keep them happy. But they are the least care for part of our body. Often we wear terrible shoes, run, jump, and twist them without the slightest understanding of what we are doing to them. Ankles and feet however are very forgiving and will tolerate much. But when they are hurt, we appreciate their importance.

Injections & PRP

One of our most popular conservative treatments is synovial fluid injections. At our Clinic, we offer: Orthovisc, Synvisc, Synvisc One, Euflexxa, Supartz, Hyalgan, and Monovisc. These injections are used to either replace synovial fluid in the joints, or supplement existing fluid. The purpose of synovial fluid is to act as a cushion, or lubricant, between joints. When it is not present, the bones of the joint are exposed to more direct contact to one another, causing pain, inflammation, and reducing range of motion. Injections would be given once a week for 3-5 weeks, depending on the specific injection you are receiving.

There is a groundbreaking new procedure that our clinic provides called PRP, which stands for Platelet-Rich-Plasma. This is a procedure in which blood is drawn from the patient and the platelets are seperated, in a centrifuge, from the rest of the blood, then re-injected back into the area of injury. Within our Clinic, PRP has been amazingly successful. Since it is a very new discovery, it is not yet covered by insurance plans, so patients who receive this will be asked to pay cash. However, our Clinic has done our best to make PRP affordable for you. While the few other specialty clinics it is available in are charging thousands of dollars, we only charge a fraction of their price. For more informationon PRP, you can call the Clinic, or visit the PRP Information link in our Links Tab .

Workmen’s Compensation

Academy Orthopedic Clinic does see worker’s compensation patients, however, we do not take Department of Labor or Federal. To view the requirements for new patients with workmen’s comp., please refer to entry (D) under the New Patient Info tab.