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Specialized Orthopedic Trauma Care
To Move You Forward

At Crescent City Orthopedics, our doctors are Louisiana natives who are passionate about helping each of their patients. We know that a traumatic injury can put your whole life on hold, which is why we proudly offer the latest treatments and personalized care plans for your orthopedic injuries so you can move past your injury and get back to the life you love.

We take pride in the expertise our board-certified orthopedic surgeons provide for our patients at Crescent City Orthopedics. As dedicated, compassionate experts committed to providing you with specialized trauma care, our orthopedic trauma surgeons, Dr. Scott Buhler and Dr. John Cazale, are skilled experts in their field with decades of combined experience and training. Together, they make up a team committed to your recovery by offering the latest in orthopedic technology and procedures for all your needs.

Orthopedic Trauma Specialists in the Greater New Orleans Area

Committed to serving Metairie and the surrounding areas, our doctors work with you to deliver the high-level, specialized care you deserve. With their extensive training and years of experience, our orthopedic trauma doctors are experts in the treatment of various traumatic injuries and conditions, including dislocations and fractures.

Nonsurgical treatment options will be recommended first when developing an individualized treatment plan. These methods may include receiving physical therapy, wearing a brace, or taking over-the-counter medication. These nonsurgical approaches can reduce or even eliminate pain due to a trauma injury.

If nonoperative care is ineffective or becomes less effective over time, our orthopedic trauma surgeons will discuss surgical options with you to help you determine which surgery is right for you. Our surgeons have the expertise and exceptional skills needed to perform the required surgery as well as access to the latest surgical equipment, which helps ensure the best outcomes possible.

Our surgeons are prepared to educate you and answer any questions you may have regarding your recommended surgical options.

  • Common Conditions

    With years of experience and orthopedic training, our orthopedic trauma doctors assess, diagnose, and treat orthopedic trauma injuries that can happen in any part of the body, such as ligament injuries and hip fractures.



  • Severe pain in the affected joint
  • Visible deformity or dislocation of the joint
  • Inability to move the affected arm


  • Direct trauma or impact to the joint, such as a fall or collision
  • Sports injuries or accidents, especially in contact sports or high-risk activities
  • Chronic instability or hypermobility of the joint due to anatomical factors or an injury



  • Severe pain in the affected area
  • Swelling and bruising around the area
  • Inability to bear weight on, move, or lift the affected arm or leg
  • In severe cases, deformity of the area is visible


  • Trauma or injury, such as a fall or car accident
  • Osteoporosis or weakened bones
  • Participating in high-impact activities

Hip Fracture


  • Severe pain in the hip or groin area
  • Inability to bear weight on the affected leg
  • Swelling, bruising, stiffness, or deformity of the affected leg


  • Trauma to the hip joint, often due to a fall
  • Weakened bones due to osteoporosis or other bone diseases

Please note that hip fractures require immediate medical attention, as they can lead to major complications.

Hip Impingement (Femoroacetabular Impingement)


  • Pain in the hip or groin area during physical activity
  • Stiffness and reduced range of motion in the hip and leg
  • Clicking or popping sounds during movement and pain with prolonged sitting


  • Abnormalities in the shape of the hip joint, including a bony overgrowth or a shallow hip socket
  • Repetitive stress on the hip joint, such as from athletic activities that require frequent hip flexion or rotation 
  • Previous hip injury or trauma

Labral Tear (Hip)


  • Pain in the groin or hip joint
  • Clicking or locking sensation in the hip 
  • Reduced range of motion and joint stiffness


  • Repetitive stress on the hip joint
  • Sudden injury or trauma to the hip
  • Structural abnormalities in anatomy of the hip joint

Shoulder Instability


  • Pain in the shoulder joint
  • A feeling of the shoulder slipping out of place
  • Looseness in the shoulder
  • Numbness or tingling in the arm or hand


  • Repetitive overhead motions, such as throwing or painting a ceiling
  • Acute trauma or strain, such as a fall or sudden blow to the shoulder
  • Genetic conditions that cause loose ligaments in the shoulders
  • Prior injury or weakened muscles surrounding the joint
  • Wear and tear over time with aging

Superior Labrum Anterior to Posterior (SLAP) Tear


  • Pain in the shoulder joint, especially when throwing or lifting overhead
  • Clicking or popping sounds in the shoulder
  • Weakness or instability
  • Limited range of motion
  • Numbness in the shoulder or arm


  • Overuse or repetitive overhead motions, such as throwing
  • Shoulder dislocation
  • Traumatic injury caused by a fall, blow to the shoulder, or sudden jerking motion
  • Weakened labrum due to aging or a prior shoulder injury



  • Neck pain and stiffness
  • Headache, especially at the base of the skull
  • Dizziness or vertigo


  • Car accidents, especially rear-end collisions
  • Sports injuries, such as those occurring in contact sports or horseback riding

Treatment Options

  • Bracing/Splinting
  • Fracture Fixation
  • Knee Ligament Reconstruction

Our experts offer a wide array of traditional treatment methods as well as state-of-the-art surgeries, including arthroscopic repair and fracture fixation.

  • Bracing/Splinting

    Bracing and splinting involve using a support or device to protect and stabilize the affected area, often reducing pain and improving function. It can be used as a primary treatment for some conditions, such as ankle sprains. Bracing and splinting may involve custom-made devices or off-the-shelf products, depending on the specific needs of the patient and the type of injury or condition being treated.


    • Provides support and stability to the affected area, limiting the risk of further injury or aggravation while reducing pain and stiffness
    • Can be used in conjunction with other treatments to improve outcomes
    • May help to prevent or delay the need for surgery in some cases
  • Fracture Fixation

    In some cases, casting alone is not sufficient to properly manage a fractured bone. Surgery for a fracture is known as fracture fixation. During the procedure, the surgeon realigns and stabilizes the broken bones using metal plates, screws, or rods. After the surgery, the patient typically wears a cast or brace and undergoes physical therapy exercises to regain strength and mobility in the affected area.


    • Restores proper alignment and stability to the bone or bones
    • Promotes healing
    • Reduces the risk of complications, such as chronic pain or deformity
  • Knee Ligament Reconstruction

    In a knee ligament reconstruction, the surgeon replaces a torn or damaged ligament in the knee joint with healthy tissue. This is typically taken from another part of the patient's body or from a donor. Ligament reconstruction can be performed as an open or closed, minimally invasive arthroscopic procedure.


    • Restores stability and function to the knee joint
    • Reduces the risk of future injuries or long-term joint damage
    • Allows patients to return to sports and other physical activities at pre-injury levels
Our Orthopedic Trauma Doctors

Scott A. Buhler, M.D.

Orthopedic Surgeon & Sports Medicine Specialist

Specialized Injury Care When You Need It

Our doctors at Crescent City Orthopedics know that injuries can happen when least expected. We are proud to offer same-day appointments at our Metairie location for all your urgent bone, joint, and muscle needs. When you choose Crescent City Orthopedics, you choose our highly skilled experts who prioritize patient-focused care.

If you are suffering from an orthopedic injury that is keeping you from the life you love, please call (504) 309-6500 or request an appointment online to get the care you need in Metairie.