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Frequently Asked Questions

Questions & answers about orthopedic care & treatment

Getting the right diagnosis, treatment and support for your motion problems can make a big difference in your life. No matter what kind of concern you have, we have the answers you need to make informed decisions.

Questions about diagnosing orthopedic problems

How are joint problems diagnosed?

If you have joint pain, your Crozer-Keystone physician will conduct a skilled, hands-on evaluation, explore your health history and order appropriate diagnostic testing to determine your diagnosis and the best overall plan of care. Blood tests can help determine whether an infection, autoimmune disorder, or metabolic condition is contributing to the problem. Tests such as X-rays and MRIs can show the nature of the underlying damage to a joint.

What care can I expect when I suffer a sports injury?

It depends on the problem. Most people see a sports medicine specialist to treat an injury such as a fracture, cut or wound, strain (an injury of a muscle or tendon) or sprain (the stretching or tearing of a ligament). Crozer-Keystone's sports medicine specialists are familiar with all sports and fitness injuries, and treat all of our patients’ unique problems. They will perform a skilled hands-on evaluation, order appropriate diagnostic testing (such as X-rays, MRI, etc.) and develop an individual plan of care.

My child experienced a sports concussion. How is that diagnosed and treated?

Should your child experience a concussion, our specialists will perform a complete examination, including ImPACT testing, to help guide safe return-to play decisions.

Questions about orthopedic surgery

Does treatment of joint replacement problems always involve surgery?

No. Many joint problems can be managed through physical and occupational therapy, exercise, medication, weight loss, and braces. Our physicians exhaust every appropriate treatment option before considering surgery.

What is joint replacement surgery?

Joint replacement surgery involves surgically replacing an arthritic or damaged joint with a new, artificial joint (called a "prosthesis"). The most common joints replaced are the hip and knee.

Although joint replacement procedures have been around for decades, advances have been made in recent years in the materials and the surgical techniques used to place them. Crozer-Keystone's specialists have the experience and skill to offer the most advanced techniques.

Questions about physical therapy & rehabilitation

What is rehabilitation?

Rehabilitation refers to a specially prescribed treatment plan carried out by a team of skilled clinical professionals—including doctors, nurses, therapists, social workers and more. Rehab is an integral part of a patient’s recovery process. Each patient’s rehab plan is customized to meet their individual needs and includes—at a minimum—education, medical and nursing care, and physical and occupational therapy.

Which specialists are part of the rehabilitation team?

Orthopedic rehabilitation is coordinated and overseen by physicians, such as surgeons, primary care physicians and physiatrists. Depending on the patient's needs, their comprehensive rehabilitation team may also include occupational therapists, physical therapists, therapist assistants, nurses, speech/language pathologists, care coordinators and clinical liaisons. Together, the team works to help the patient regain function and restore overall health.

How important is post-rehabilitation exercise?

Each individual learns valuable exercises that can prevent further injury and improve strength and endurance.

Questions about Crozer-Keystone’s facilities & expertise

Where does Crozer-Keystone offer orthopedic rehabilitation?

Patients who require in-hospital orthopedic rehabilitation after surgery may be cared for at one of Crozer-Keystone's two Regional Rehabilitation Centers, located at Delaware County Memorial Hospital and Taylor Hospital.

Those who require outpatient rehabilitation can do so through our Centers for Therapy and Sports Medicine (located at DCMH, Crozer-Chester Medical Center, Springfield Hospital, and in Folsom, PA). 

What is Crozer-Keystone's experience in rehabilitative care?

Our rehabilitation specialists take a comprehensive approach to putting you back in motion, not only eliminating deficits caused by an injury or musculoskeletal problem, but preventing them from returning. In fact, we work hard to safely restore your normal strength, motion and flexibility, while reducing your pain as quickly as possible.

Looking for advanced orthopedic expertise?

The Crozer-Keystone orthopedics team is ready to help. Call 1-877-CK-MOTION (1-877-256-6846), or use our convenient online request form