Experience excellence in clinical and surgical care for orthopedic and sports related injuries at Tyrone Hospital’s Orthopedic Clinic staffed by two of the region’s leading orthopedic practices - University Orthopedic Center and Blair Orthopedics.

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

Blair Orthopedics and the University Orthopedic Center are committed to excellence in treating all of your orthopedic problems through surgical and nonsurgical treatment. Patients throughout Central PA have placed their trust in them for specialized orthopedic care.

Areas of orthopedic care that can be done at Tyrone Hospital include:

· Sports Medicine

· Fracture Care

· Total Joint Replacement

· Hand

· Hip

· Knee

· Foot & Ankle

· Elbow

· Shoulder

Tyrone Hospital, University Orthopedic Center and Blair Orthopedics are part of the Tyrone Regional Health Network.


What are the most prevalent types of orthopedic conditions?

Orthopedic issues are those related to bones, joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments. Orthopedic problems may occur from accidents or injuries, normal wear and tear on the body, certain disease conditions, or issues present from the time of birth. Sports injuries, fractures and arthritis are all examples of common conditions.

How can I keep my bones healthy and avoid orthopedic problems?

Healthy living habits are important to decreasing the risk for many orthopedic problems.  A well-balanced diet including the appropriate amounts of carbohydrates, proteins and fats is important to overall health. Excessive fats or carbohydrates, especially processed sugars, can lead to multiple health problems.  Calcium and vitamin D are important for bone health, especially in women, so foods with adequate amounts of these nutrients are important during childhood and young adulthood. Exercise is very important to building and maintaining bone density and strength. Work and sports injuries can be avoided with proper safety measures and equipment, training and preparation.

What is the difference between a sprain and a fracture, and how can I tell which one I have suffered?

A fracture is a break in any bone, which can result from an accident or injury.  Depending on where a fracture occurs, how badly the bone is broken, and the bone strength, a fracture may be treated with immobilization in a cast or brace or may require surgery.   A sprain is an injury to one or more ligaments, the rope-like tissues that hold bones in place.  A strained ligament may be stretched out or torn. While it can usually be treated nonoperatively, some ligament tears may require surgery.   A trained healthcare provider will be able to differentiate a fracture from a sprain by examining the injured area and reviewing an x-ray.             

What causes arthritis?

There are multiple types of arthritis.  Osteoarthritis, or wear- and- tear arthritis, is the most common type and occurs due to chronic wear and tear on the joints. Rheumatic arthritis, sometimes called inflammatory or autoimmune arthritis, develops from a disease process in which the body damages it sown joints.  Post-traumatic arthritis can develop from any injury that causes significant damage to a joint.      

What is tendonitis?

Tendons are the rope-like muscles between muscles and bones.  When muscles contract, they pull on the tendons, which in turn pull on the bones and produce movement in part of the body. Tendon injuries occur from overuse, chronic wear, or an acute injury.  The severity of injuries ranges from inflammation, also called tendonitis, to large tears.  Tendonitis can frequently be treated with rest, ice, anti-inflammatory medicine, physical therapy or sometimes bracing.  Large tendon tears may require surgery to repair them.