Orthopedists specialize in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of disorders of the musculoskeletal system, which includes the bones, muscles, joints, and ligaments of the body.
Orthopedic surgeons utilize both surgical and nonsurgical methods for treating musculoskeletal injuries. Some of the conditions they treat include broken bones, sports injuries, torn ligaments/tendons, degenerative diseases, infections, tumors, and congenital disorders.
In addition, orthopaedic/sports medicine specialists collaborate with other disciplines through referrals and sharing of health records and test results/analysis with specialists from other fields such as radiologists, pain management doctors, rheumatologists, and emergency medicine.
An orthopedic surgeon can work in a variety of different environments including a private practice, a hospital, or even with a sports team.
Among the subspecialties of orthopedic surgery are Hand surgery, Shoulder and elbow surgeries, joint reconstruction, pediatric orthopedics, spine surgery, musculoskeletal oncology, and surgical sports medicine.
Orthopedists also provide services such as joint replacements (knees and hips), as well as prosthetics. There are a variety of orthopedic surgical procedures that orthopedic surgeons perform, including shoulder arthroscopy, Carpal tunnel release, fracture repair, and lumbar spinal fusion.
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