August 30, 2016

Orthopaedic Specialties

While Hughston Orthopaedic Clinic surgeons are familiar with all aspects of the musculoskeletal system, many specialize in certain areas, such as the foot and ankle, spine, hip or knee. They may also choose to focus on specific fields like pediatrics, trauma or sports medicine or in multiple areas.

Regardless of the nature of your injury or condition, our goal is to return you to as close to normal function as possible through accurate diagnosis, appropriate treatment and effective rehabilitation. If you’re in pain, we want to give you back your life.

Our doctors have specialized and taken additional training in orthopaedic practice areas including hand, spine, joint replacement, foot and ankle and sports medicine.



Orthopaedic rehabilitation includes occupational and physical therapy to treat conditions that affect the skeletal system. An individualized course of therapy is laid out and administered one-to-one between therapists and patients. Hughston therapists are trained to treat the entire body, and the length of therapy needed depends greatly on the severity of your condition.

Injuries such as neck and back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, knee and ankle sprains and hip pains can be treated with orthopedic rehabilitation. Rehabilitation is often needed after surgery to aid in the healing process for patients who have had procedures such as a spinal fusion, total hip or knee replacement, or ankle reconstructions. Other conditions that may require rehabilitation include complete shoulder replacements, laminectomies, rotator cuff repairs and meniscectomies.

Hughston Orthopaedic Clinic maintains state-of-the-art staff equipment and facilities to aid in your recovery and rehabilitation. It consists of four specialty departments: Orthopaedics/Sports Medicine, Spine, Upper Extremity/Hands and Industrial Medicine. In addition to Hughston Rehabilitation on the main campus in Columbus, we maintain modern facilities in Auburn and Dothan, Alabama, and in LaGrange, Georgia.



Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is the technology Hughston radiologists use to create astonishingly detailed images of bones and tissue within the body. Our GE 1.5 Tesla MRI scanner is one of the most advanced units of its kind and is an invaluable tool of establishing accurate orthopaedic diagnoses.

Unlike CT scans or traditional X-rays, MRI uses a powerful magnetic field to align the magnetization of atoms in the body, then uses radio frequency fields to systematically alter the alignment of this magnetization. This causes the nuclei to produce a rotating magnetic field detectable by the scanner and reproducible as a high-definition image.

The GE High Field MRI scanner is used to view all parts of the body, especially the internal organs, brain, spine and joints. The scan takes about 20 minutes, depending on the size of the area being viewed, but the scanner is open at both ends to minimize claustrophobia and maximize your comfort.

Experienced technologists backed by advanced technology mean Hughston doctors always have the very best information available to diagnose your condition.