General OrthoPedics in Denton, TX

If you’re experiencing trouble with your knee, hip, wrist, or shoulder, the Orthopedic Specialists of North Texas are here to help. We work hard to provide you with a treatment plan best suited to help you recover fully. Our specialists use medical expertise and experience to create individualized treatment plans to maximize your abilities and restore your health.

General orthopedics can include treatment for chronic pain, rheumatic diseases, musculoskeletal injuries and arthritis.

Some musculoskeletal conditions can be treated without surgery, by using medication, exercise, and other rehabilitative therapies.

For most orthopedic diseases and injuries, there is more than one form of treatment. Surgery may be recommended if you do not respond to other treatments.

  • Diagnosis
  • Treatment
  • Rehabilitation
  • Prevention 

Common conditions we treat include:

  • Arthritis
  • Broken bones
  • Chronic hand & wrist conditions
  • Fractures
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Joint dislocation
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Sprains & strains


Orthopedics is a branch of medicine that specializes in
treating the body’s musculoskeletal system, including ligaments, nerves,
tendons, cartilage, muscles, skin, and bones. 

Orthopedic doctors, or
orthopedists, are physicians who treat various orthopedic conditions.
These medical experts undergo extensive training to evaluate, diagnose,
treat, and manage musculoskeletal injuries and disorders. Orthopedic
doctors aim to restore their patients’ function, mobility, and quality
of life. 

  • Diagnosis
  • Treatment
  • Rehabilitation
  • Prevention 

Common conditions we treat include:

  • Arthritis, tendonitis, bursitis, osteoporosis, and plantar fasciitis.
  • Strains and sprains.
  • Fractures and dislocations.
  • Frozen shoulder.
  • Soft tissue injuries.
  • Sciatica, scoliosis, ruptured discs, and lower back pain.
  • Knock knees, bowlegs, hammertoes, and bunions.
  • Club foot and leg length discrepancy.
  • Abnormalities of the toes and fingers.
  • Growth abnormalities.


Risk Factors and Causes of Orthopedic Conditions

Every orthopedic condition can have its own set of risk factors, although general risk factors include:

  • Age : Many conditions, such as arthritis, increase with age.
  • Weight : An overweight person puts extra pressure on their joints and bones.
  • Chronic conditions : Several chronic conditions, such as diabetes, can increase the risk of various orthopedic conditions.
  • Smoking : If you smoke, you may increase your risk of certain orthopedic conditions.
  • Improper lifting techniques : Using proper body mechanics and lifting techniques helps prevent injury to the musculoskeletal system.
  • Repetitive movements : A profession that involves the same movements may strain your body.
  • Sports : Participation in recreational activities and sports increases your risk of injury to the musculoskeletal system.

Acute trauma is caused by a sudden injury, like spraining an ankle while playing basketball. Chronic trauma is an injury caused gradually over time by repetitive forces or motions on your musculoskeletal system. Orthopedic conditions can also be degenerative, where joint structures experience wear and tear from everyday activities.

How Can You Reduce Your Risk of Orthopedic Conditions?

You can change various risk factors to reduce your risk of developing various orthopedic conditions. Here are some factors you can control or change:

  • Follow treatment plans for medical conditions.
  • Cross-train for multiple activities.
  • Perform stretching and balance exercises and strength training.
  • Maintain a healthy body weight.
  • Quit smoking, or don’t start.
  • Learn correct body mechanics, posture, and ways to lift heavy items.
  • Strengthen bones with calcium and vitamin D.
  • Strengthen muscles and bones through weight-bearing exercises.
  • Wear protective equipment for recreational activities and sports.

When Should You See an Orthopedic Doctor?

You may experience various symptoms due to an orthopedic condition, but if you experience any of the following, it’s time to see an orthopedic doctor for diagnosis and treatment:

  • Joint instability.
  • Muscle spasms.
  • Swelling.
  • Weakness.
  • Redness or warmth indicating inflammation or infection.
  • Difficulty walking.
  • Difficulty sleeping.
  • Tingling or numbness.
  • Sharp, stabbing pain.
  • Inability to bear weight.
  • Limited or reduced range of motion.
  • Radiating pain.
  • Worsening pain.

If you’re experiencing pain in the musculoskeletal system, schedule an appointment with the experts at Orthopedic Specialists of North Texas. We’re dedicated to developing a treatment plan to help you return to your everyday activities.

How is Musculoskeletal Pain Treated?

When you meet with an orthopedic specialist, they’ll start with a physical exam, including medical history and possible imaging. X-ray, magnetic resonance imaging, and CT scans can be used to diagnose an injury or a disorder of the musculoskeletal system. Once your injury or disorder is diagnosed, treatment options include:

  • Occupational therapy.
  • Physical therapy.
  • Splints to immobilize the joint while it heals.
  • Ice, heat, or increased rest.
  • Anti-inflammatory medication or anesthetic injections.
  • Conditioning and strengthening exercises.
  • Chiropractic care.
  • Stretching exercises.
  • Therapeutic massage.
  • Surgery.

Individualized treatment plans are essential to your healing, as no two bodies are the same. The medical professionals at Orthopedic Specialists of North Texas take pride in developing individualized treatment plans to help you meet your health goals.

What are Specialized Orthopedics?

Once you’ve completed a physical examination and imaging to diagnose your musculoskeletal injury or disorder, the team at Orthopedic Specialists of North Texas will pair you with the physician best suited for your needs. We have orthopedists specializing in ankles and feet, elbows and shoulders, hands and wrists, hips, and knees. Regardless of the injury or disorder, if it affects your joints, muscles, or bones, we have a specialist who focuses on that body part.

Our comprehensive diagnostic procedures and tools help us identify the cause of your pain. From there, we can discuss all the treatment options with you to determine the best course of action. While some disorders and injuries may require orthopedic surgery, many conditions can be treated with exercise, medication, and rehabilitative therapies. Most musculoskeletal injuries and disorders have more than one treatment available. Our experts will work with you to create your individualized treatment plan to get you back on your feet.

What is Sports Medicine?

The experts at Orthopedic Specialists of North Texas can provide you with the most advanced treatment options for sport-related injuries for high school, college, and professional athletes, as well as weekend warriors. The dynamic nature of sports injuries requires more specialized treatment methods to treat the injury and prevent further damage. Our specialists create a treatment plan to get you safely back in the game.

Contact Orthopedic Specialists of North Texas Today

If you’re experiencing musculoskeletal pain, contact our experts at Orthopedic Specialists of North Texas today at 940-382-1577. We’re here to evaluate, diagnose, treat, and manage your pain. Give us a call to discover why we’re the premier orthopedics and sports medicine physicians in the Dallas–Fort Worth area. A team member can take your call Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., closing at 3 p.m. on Friday.

Notice to Dr. Ward Patient's

As of 08/01/2023, Orthopedic Specialists
of North Texas will be merging with Texas Bone & Joint.

Dr. Ward, his PA’s and office staff will still
be here to serve you. The phone number
will remain the same if you need to contact us in the future.

Thank you for your patience during this transition.