Greene County Medical Center
1000 West Lincolnway
Jefferson, IA 50129
Phone: (515) 386-2114
Fax: (515) 386-3695
West Central Orthopedics
Dr. Jeffrey Wahl, DO, specializes in the treatment of musculoskeletal systems, sports injuries, degenerative joint diseases, congenital disorders, and fractures with both surgical and non-surgical means.
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Schedule & Appointments
Dr. Wahl is at Greene County Medical Center every Monday, Thursday, and every other Tuesday. Appointments can be made by calling 515-386-2488. No referral is needed.
Jeffrey R. Wahl, DO
Simpson College, Indianola, IA
Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency, Cleveland Clinic in Orthopedic Surgery
Dr. Wahl and surgery staff in surgery.
Common Reasons to See an Orthopedic Surgeon
Arthritis - Arthritis literally means "inflammation of a joint." In some forms of arthritis, such as osteoarthritis, the inflammation arises because the smooth covering (articular cartilage) on the ends of bones become damaged or worn. Osteoarthritis is usually found in one, usually weight bearing, joint. In other forms of arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis, the joint lining becomes inflamed as part of a disease process that affects the entire body. Other types of arthritis include seronegative spondyloarthropathies, crytalline deposition diseases and septic arthritis.
Sports Injuries - There are many injuries that can result from sport activities. However, some of the more common in relation to orthopedics are:
- Muscle contusion
- Muscle cramps
- Sports concussion
- Sprains, strains, and other soft tissue injuries
Arthroscopic Surgery - Arthroscopy is a surgical procedure orthopedic surgeons use to visualize, diagnose, and treat problems inside a joint. In an arthroscopic examination, an orthopedic surgeon makes a small incision in the patient's skin and then inserts pencil-sized instruments that contain a small lens and lighting system to magnify and illuminate the structures inside the joint. Light is transmitted through fiber optics to the end of the arthroscope that is inserted into the joint.
Fractures & Sprains - The following list of soft-tissue injuries include those you are most likely to experience. Any of these can be the result of a single episode, such as a fall, a sudden twist, or a blow to the body. You might also sustain one or more of these injuries because of repeated overuse, such as in ongoing athletic activities. In this case, small amounts of body stress accumulate slowly but steadily. The result can be damage and pain.
- Strains and sprains
- Stress injuries
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome - Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common source of hand numbness and pain. It is more common in women than men. Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the tissues surrounding the flexor tendons in the wrist swell and put pressure on the median nerve. These tissues are called the synovium. The synovium lubricates the tendons and makes it easier to move the fingers. This swelling of the synovium narrows the confined space of the carpal tunnel, and, over time, crowds the nerve.
Joint Replacement (Hip & Knee) - The goal of joint replacement is to relieve the pain in the joint caused by the damage done to the cartilage. The pain may be so severe, a person will avoid using the joint, weakening the muscles around it and making it even more difficult to move. A physical examination, and possibly some laboratory tests and X-rays, will show the extent of damage to the joint. Total joint replacement will be considered if other treatment options will not relieve the pain and disability.