Dr. Waltrip treats adult patients with issues ranging from musculoskeletal injuries to post-operative care. See below for a sampling of diagnoses that Dr. Waltrip commonly treats:
Bursitis is a build-up of fluid surrounding a joint.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is the result of chronic inflammation and compression of the median nerve in the wrist. Advanced Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can lead to damage of the median nerve. Diagnostic testing to identify Carpal Tunnel Syndrome includes physical exam, imaging, and electromyography/nerve conduction studies (EMG/NCV).
Disk Herniation occurs when a disk is irritated due to injury or chronic misuse. The disk swells in size, pushing against the spinal nerves, and eventually bursting if the herniation grows excessively.
Fibromyalgia is a condition of comprehensive pain that is not rooted in a specific injury. Patients with fibromyalgia have acute sensitivity to pressure and touch. Often Fibromyalgia is accompanied by fatigue and depression.
Neuropathy is a disorder of the nerve which can result in numbness, tingling, burning, and loss of related muscular control. Neuropathy is identified by electrodiagnostics (EMG/NCV).
Osteoarthritis is the disintegration of cartilage in a joint that can cause bone on bone irritation. It is identified most prominently through X-rays and physical examination. Patients with osteoarthritis often have pain and limited range of motion in the arthritic joint.
Overuse Syndrome is a chronic irritation of the upper extremity nerves, muscles, and joints. Patients with Overuse Syndrome often have repetitive daily strain such as typing or writing. They begin to experience soreness, numbness, spasm, and tingling in their upper extremities, all of which worsen if not treated and can lead to loss of muscle control in the hands.
Patients who have had partial or full joint replacement surgeries, spinal fusions, or other musculoskeletal surgeries often need post-operative care such as physical therapy, aqua therapy, acupuncture, bracing, spinal cord stimulators, and pain management.
Radiculopathy is chronic inflammation of the spinal nerve(s) that can cause intense tingling, burning, numbness, and loss of related muscle control.
Sciatica is an inflamed nerve (radiculitis) in the low back that radiates pain, numbness, and tingling down to the leg.
Spinal Stenosis is the narrowing of the spinal canal, which can lead to nerve damage, pain, and decreased range of motion.
Spraining a joint is putting increased stress on the ligaments surrounding a joint, causing inflammation. Straining a muscle is putting stress on the muscle/tendon in an unorthodox way, also causing inflammation.
Tendonitis is inflammation of a tendon due to chronic stressors that can cause pain and decreased range of motion.
Tennis Elbow (Epicondylitis)
Tennis elbow is swelling and pain in the elbow due to chronic inflammation of the muscle/tendons from improper mechanics.
Through conservative care, history, physical examination, and diagnostic testing, Dr. Waltrip can optimize patients’ recovery by personalizing a treatment plan for them. He frequently uses the following procedures, either in office or by referring out of office:
- Physical therapy
- Aquatic therapy
- Hyaluronate injections such as Hyalgan or Euflexxa
- B12 injections
- Trigger point injections
- Bursa cortisone injections
- Bursa drainage
- Facet block injections
- Epidural injections
- Bracing and other use of durable medical equipment (DME)
- Diagnostic imaging such as MRIs, CT Scans, Xrays, and Bone Scans
- Diagnostic nerve testing such as EMGs and NCVs
- Pharmacology including pain management
- Nutrition management
- Psychological counseling