Northern Berkshire Orthopedics has provided top-quality orthopedic care to residents in the Berkshires of Massachusetts for many years. Our practice is led by a group of well-known orthopedic surgeons and sports medicine physicians with a reputation for excellence. We put patients first, and we strive to deliver personalized care and excellent customer service to each and every patient.
We offer comprehensive orthopedic services in Williamstown, Massachusetts. We provide surgical and non-surgical care for all kinds of musculoskeletal injuries and conditions including general orthopedic conditions like fractures, sprains and strains, and arthritis pain, and complex problems like carpal tunnel syndrome and Dupuytren’s contracture.
If you’ve had any diagnostic testing (X-rays, MRI, etc.) done, please try to bring those results with you. Once we understand what the problem is and how it is affecting your life, we can set up a treatment plan, which may or may not include surgery
- Complete Fracture: Bone is broken into separate pieces (clean break)
- Incomplete or Partial Fracture: Bone is cracked (not completely broken)
- Greenstick Fracture: Bone is bowed and not totally broken (common in kids)
- Compound or Open Fracture: Bone is broken and penetrating the skin; may be more than one fracture
- Simple or Closed Fracture: Bone is broken but is not penetrating the skin
Ligament injuries are typically referred to as a sprain (ankle sprain or wrist sprain), while strains are pulled muscles and tendon injuries that can happen almost anywhere in the body. Sprains and strains can happen at any time – during sports, exercise, leisure activities, or at work.
If you have a sprain, you may hear a popping sound when the injury happens, followed by pain, bruising, swelling, and, in severe cases, limited mobility. Strains usually cause muscle pain or weakness. Muscle spasms or cramping can also occur.
If you have a ligament or muscle injury, the doctor will perform an examination to assess your muscle strength and pain level. We may recommend physical therapy along with hot or cold therapy to reduce swelling and stiffness. If your symptoms are severe, you may have a torn ligament or muscle, in which case you may need a splint or brace for support and/or surgery.
Learn more about sprains and strains in our patient education library.