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Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Spine Surgery

901 E Cheves Street; #100
Florence, SC
(843) 662-5233

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Dr. Willie Edwards is a physician who specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and spine surgery. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Medical University of South Carolina for residency. Dr. Edwards is an in-network provider for Medicaid and Medicare insurance. He has received the following distinctions: Distinguished Service Award, Sertoma Club; Alpha Epsilon Delta Premedical Honor Society, University of North Carolina; and Phi beta Kappya, University of North Carolina.

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Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Spine Surgery

901 E Cheves Street; #100
Florence, SC
(843) 662-5233

Dr. Rakesh Chokshi's areas of specialization are orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and spine surgery. Before performing his residency at Ochsner Medical Center, Dr. Chokshi attended Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine for medical school. He takes Medicaid and Medicare insurance.

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Specializes in Adult Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery

800 E Cheves Street; Suite 480
Florence, SC
(843) 777-7900; (843) 662-1502

Clinical interests: Arthroscopic Surgery, Joint Replacement, Sports Medicine, Trauma/Fractures, Orthopedic Trauma

Dr. Rodney Alan works as an orthopedic reconstructive surgeon and orthopedic trauma specialist in Florence, SC. In Dr. Alan's practice, he is particularly interested in fractures, joint replacement (arthroplasty), and arthroscopic surgery. He takes Medicaid and Medicare insurance. He attended Duke University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Carolina for residency.

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What is Orthopedic Surgery?

Orthopedic surgeons, sometimes just called orthopedists, are surgical doctors of the musculoskeletal system. They work to keep your body active and in motion by treating problems with your bones, joints, tendons and muscles. The most frequently treated disorder seen by orthopedic surgeons is osteoarthritis, a common “wear-and-tear” problem where the cartilage that cushions the ends of the bones wears down, causing friction and pain. Orthopedic surgeons might also see patients for bone and joint deformities, amputation, infections of the bone and joint, overuse injuries, or nerve compression.

Orthopedic surgeons can order tests such as blood work and x-rays to get a clearer picture of the issue. Depending on the illness or injury, more than one different form of treatment may be used. Treatment may include:
  • Surgery, such as fusing bones together to increase stability, or replacing a joint
  • Medication, such as pain medication or steroids to promote healing
  • Casts, splints, or orthotics (devices such as braces or shoe inserts to support the body)
  • Physical therapy, a kind of treatment using exercise, stretching, heat, and massage to heal the body
  • Exercise, stretching, movement, and use of the affected part

Orthopedic surgeons also work to prevent injuries and slow the progression of disease in their patients. They educate patients on ways to prevent future injuries, and they treat illness in order to prevent further damage to bones or joints that may be affected by disease. The goal of an orthopedic surgeon is to help their patients restore movement and regain an active life.

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