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HHS Musculoskeletal

Diagnostic and Therapeutic Procedures

Closed Reduction Procedure that restores a bone to its normal position, realigned by manipulation
Open Reduction Procedure that restores a bone to its normal position, realigned by surgery
Casting Application of a solid, stiff dressing formed with plaster or other material to a body part to immobilize it during the healing process
Splinting Application of an orthopedic device to an injured body part for immobilization, stabilization, and protection during the healing process
Amputation Partial or complete removal of an extremity due to trauma or circulatory disease
Laminectomy Excision of the posterior arch of a vertebra done to relieve symptoms of a ruptured/slipped disk
Arthrocentesis Puncture of a joint space using a needle to remove accumulated fluid
Arthroscopy Visual examination of the interior of a joint and its structures using a thin, flexible fiberoptic scope