Specialties & Services

Diagnosis and Treatment


Diagnostic Imaging 

Lake Regional offers a full range of services to properly diagnose and treat your orthopedic problem. In many cases, your doctor may request diagnostic imaging studies, such as an X-ray, CT scan or MRI, to aid in accurate diagnosis.

Lake Regional’s Diagnostic Imaging department offers state-of-the-art technology to provide detailed information efficiently and effectively. This is important in helping your physician determine the source of your health care problem or concern. All procedures require a physician’s order. Learn More

Common Procedures

Common orthopedic procedures and surgeries performed at Lake Regional include the following.

Total Joint Replacement

Total joint replacement is a surgical procedure in which the diseased parts of the joint are replaced with new, artificial parts. Major advances in total joint replacement offer patients suffering from severe joint pain the ability to lead full, active lives. Most commonly replaced joints include the hip, knee and shoulder.

For total hip replacement patients seeking a faster, less painful recovery, Lake Regional's board certified orthopedic surgeons offer an alternative to traditional methods, called the anterior approach. Click here to learn how patients are able to recover in weeks, instead of months.

Lake Regional's Total Joint Camp educates patients and their families about what
to expect before, during and after joint replacement surgery. For information about the Total Joint Camp, click here.

Home Health Care

After total joint replacement, you may be discharged with home health care. Click here to learn about the advantages of home health care.

Arthroscopic Surgery

Orthopedic surgeons use arthroscopy to visualize, diagnose and treat problems inside a joint. During an arthroscopic examination, the surgeon makes a small incision in the patient’s skin and inserts pencil-sized instruments that contain a small lens and lighting system. In many cases, the surgeon can repair or correct the problem during the same procedure.

Common Joint and Bone Diagnoses
  • Arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Fracture and dislocation
Hip and knee
  • Knee ligament tear (ACL, MCL, PCL)
  • Patellofemoral knee syndromes
  • Meniscal (cartilage) tears
  • Hip arthroscopy 
Shoulder and Elbow
  • Impingement
  • Rotator cuff tear
  • Labrum tears, instability
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Golfer elbow (medial epicondylitis)
  • Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)

Many foot problems are caused by aging, diabetes, poor circulation or trauma. Lake Regional Podiatry specializes in diagnosing and treating foot and ankle disorders using anthroscopic and reconstructive surgery, and preventing amputation. We commonly treat:

Sports Medicine

Lake Regional offers comprehensive onsite diagnostics (MRI, CT Scan and X-ray) and treatment to get you back in the game as quickly as possible. Whether it's a simple sprain or rehabilitation from a total joint replacement, we have you covered.

As physicians specially trained in sports medicine, we recognize the importance of complete care for athletes of all ages. Lake Regional's orthopedic specialists treat school-aged athletes, as well as patients wishing to maintain a healthy, active lifestyle.

Orthopedic sports medicine specialists

  • Condition and train athletes
  • Provide fitness advice relating to athletic performance
  • Give advice on athletic performance and the impact of dietary supplements, pharmaceuticals, and nutrition on athletes' short- and long-tem health and performance.
  • Coordinate medical care within athletic team settings, including other health care professionals, such as athletic trainers, physical therapists, and non-orthopedic physicians.
  • Conduct on-the-field evaluations and management of illness and injuries.

Orthopedic sports medicine specialists have a knowledge of

  • Soft tissue biomechanics, injury healing, and repair.
  • Treatment options, both surgical and non-surgical, as they relate to sports-specific injuries.
  • Principles and techniques of rehab that enable the athlete to return to competition as quickly and safely as possible.
  • Knowledge of athletic equipment on orthotic devices and their use in prevention and management of injuries.

Treatment options include physical therapy and other nonsurgical methods designed to return you to the level of sporting activities you enjoyed before injury. Our providers also encourage injury prevention by teaching patients sound biomechanics for exercise. 

If surgery is needed, Lake Regional Orthopedics offers the most current, minimally invasive or arthroscopic techniques to get you back to work and activities as soon as safely possible with lasting results.

Lake Regional Sports Medicine recently added two athletic trainers to their staff. The duo provides on-site support to Morgan County R-II, Camdenton R-III and School of the Osage. 

In the fall, Orthopedics and Sports Medicine also provides a Black and Blue Clinic for athletes injured during Friday night football games.

Get Hip to hana®

"The hana® orthopedic surgical table enables us to replace the hip through a single, anterior incision without having to detach pelvis or femur muscle," said Orthopedic Surgeon Rick Walker, D.O. "And, because we're able to take X-rays during the procedure, we can ensure a precise fit of all components."

In addition to hip anthroplasty, the hana® table can be used for knee procedures, including total knee replacement. Unlike a conventional table, the hana® is exceptionally maneuverable and allows for precise control of patient position and manipulation.

"Patients who undergo procedures on the hana® table generally recover faster and experience less post operative discomfort and scarring," Dr. Walker says. "In addition, they often are able to more freely bend their hip and bear full weight immediately or very soon after surgery."

Watch the video.

Orthopedic surgeons Rick Walker, D.O., Jeff Jones, D.O., and Scott Hofer, D.O. with the Hana® table