Welcome Dr. Russell Clark to Southwest Orthopedics
Dr. Clark will begin seeing patients in Austin, Bastrop, La Grange, and Schulenburg areas beginning January 2023.
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Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are non-prescription, over-the-counter pain relievers such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen sodium. They are popular treatments for muscular aches and pains, as well as arthritis.
NSAIDs not only relieve pain, but also help to decrease inflammation, prevent blood clots, and reduce fevers. They work by blocking the actions of the cyclooxygenase (COX) enzyme. There are two forms of the COX enzyme. COX-2 is produced when joints are injured or inflamed, which NSAIDS counteract. COX-1 protects the stomach lining from acids and digestive juices and helps the kidneys function properly. This is why side effects of NSAIDs may include nausea, upset stomach, ulcers, or improper kidney function.
Cortisone is a steroid that is produced naturally in the body. Synthetically-produced cortisone can also be injected into soft tissues and joints to help decrease inflammation. While cortisone is not a pain reliever, pain may diminish as a result of reduced inflammation. In orthopaedics, cortisone injections are commonly used as a treatment for chronic conditions such as bursitis, tendinitis, and arthritis.
Physical therapy is the treatment of musculoskeletal and neurological injuries to promote a return to function and independent living. Physical therapy incorporates both exercise and functional training. Exercise restores motion and strength while functional training facilitates a return to daily activities, work, or sport.
A tendon is a band of tissue that connects muscle to bone. A ligament is an elastic band of tissue that connects bone to bone and provides stability to the joint. Cartilage is a soft, gel-like padding between bones that protects joints and facilitates movement.
Ice should be used in the acute stage of an injury (within the first 24-48 hours), or whenever there is swelling. Ice helps to reduce inflammation by decreasing blood flow to the area in which cold is applied. Heat increases blood flow and may promote pain relief after swelling subsides. Heat may also be used to warm up muscles prior to exercise or physical therapy.
X-rays are a type of radiation, and when they pass through the body, dense objects such as bone block the radiation and appear white on the x-ray film, while less dense tissues appear gray and are difficult to see. X-rays are typically used to diagnose and assess bone degeneration or disease, fractures and dislocations, infections, or tumors.
Organs and tissues within the body contain magnetic properties. MRI, or magnetic resonance imaging, combines a powerful magnet with radio waves (instead of x-rays) and a computer to manipulate these magnetic elements and create highly detailed images of structures in the body. Images are viewed as cross sections or “slices” of the body part being scanned. There is no radiation involved as with x-rays. MRI scans are frequently used to diagnose bone and joint problems.
A computed tomography (CT) scan (also known as CAT scan) is similar to an MRI in the detail and quality of image it produces, yet the CT scan is actually a sophisticated, powerful x-ray that takes 360-degree pictures of internal organs, the spine, and vertebrae. By combining x-rays and a computer, a CT scan, like an MRI, produces cross-sectional views of the body part being scanned. In many cases, a contrast dye is injected into the blood to make the structures more visible. CT scans show the bones of the spine much better than MRI, so they are more useful in diagnosing conditions affecting the vertebrae and other bones of the spine.
Dr. Angirasa and his assistant Ted were such a team to work with. I had worker’s compensation case and I felt like a top priority patient. His bedside manner is amazing and he cares about you and every part of your process with him. I’m very grateful for all he did for me and would highly recommend him and this group.
Jeddy S., Google
I broke my clavicle so Dr. Patel suggested I go in for surgery to have a plate put in. When I rose from my surgery I was a T-800 Terminator, the newest generation. I now have enhanced healing capabilities and am much stronger than the average human being. But seriously Dr. Patel and Lupita were super nice and very quick to see me every time. The front desk was courteous and fast at what they do! Surgery went great and I'm stronger than ever. If I ever get another injury I'LL BE BACK.
Tristan P., Google
Dr. A is by far the best surgeon I’ve known, knowledgeable and compassionate come together in someone you can depend on. I would highly recommend him, I had an accident that other caretakers ignored and played down, in the end this man saved my leg and probably years of problems when he intervened.
Taylor K., Google
Dr. Angirassa has been my ortho for over 5 years, what a great Dr. !! He truly cares about his patients I am an ankle implant patient of his, and I would never go anywhere else suffered a pilon fracture of tibia fibula and a shattered ankle beyond repair plus I had previous surgeries done to it before going to see him I truly feel if it was not for him I would be either on crutches for life or wheel chair bound.. His assistant Ted is the best. I have never been to a more professional medical setting like this you are never rushed, and they are always there for you when needed. Keep up the GREAT WORK!!
Michael G., Google
I have had 3 different surgery’s 1: right distal no-crept tendon repair 2: right rotator cuff rebuild 3: left rotator cuff rebuild...all function properly and I am totally and completely satisfied Thank You Dr. Manish Patel I will and have strongly urge people to see you for any and all orthopedic specialist surgeries! You are a blessing to our society!!!
Terry S., Google
Dr Angirasa is a fantastic doctor. My husband & I have both been treated with NO complaints. His assistant Ted is amazing also. They both take the time to talk with you without rushing on to the next patient!!
Taryn B., Google
Dr. Patel and his staff was excellent! Very professional no complaints. Always interested in my case always concerned and attentive. Great care! Excellent recovery from surgery!!!
Matthew B., Google
Dr. Angirasa is truly a miracle worker! My foot had multiple ruptured & torn ligaments & tendons, a ruptured & retracted plantar plate and dislocated metatarsal. Everyday activities caused immense pain & running, trying to train for another marathon wasn't going to happen. On the recommendation of a friend I went to see Dr. Angirasa. I was pretty skeptical he would be able repair my foot enough to walk without pain, much less be able to ever run again. He was the 3rd Ortho foot/ankle specialist I've seen. The 3rd time definitely was a charm for me! My surgery was 2 months ago & I'm pain free!! Every bit of the pain I lived with for the past year was gone by the time I went for my first post OP appointment! I'm not sure why there's a few bad reviews- I've had nothing but excellent, professional & friendly experience from the very beginning. The scheduler, the assistants, the check in & out - everyone including Dr. Angirasa are truly amazing!! 100% recommended Dr. Angirasa & his crew!!
Becky S., Google
The staff are friendly and professional, and Dr Angirasa is one the nicest people I have ever known. He really cares about his patients.