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Orthopedic Surgeon

Overview

Orthopaedics is the medical specialty that focuses on injuries and diseases of your body's musculoskeletal system. This complex system, which includes your bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles, and nerves, allows you to move, work, and be active. Orthopaedics involves:

  • Diagnosis of your injury or disorder
  • Treatment with medication, exercise, surgery, or other treatment plans
  • Rehabilitation by recommending exercises or physical therapy to restore movement, strength, and function
  • Prevention with information and treatment plans to prevent injury or slow the progression of diseases
While orthopaedic surgeons are familiar with all aspects of the musculoskeletal system, many orthopaedists 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.

Source: MedlinePlus and American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

Note: This definition was prepared to help consumers find reliable health resources on the web. This site is not responsible for the information on other sites. The information here — and on all websites — is not intended to be a substitute for care given to you by a health professional.

Recommended Reading

OrthoInfo
A service of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, this site offers general information on injuries, preventing falls, arthritis, bone health, and much more.

American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons
This site has a "Hip and Knee Care" section with lots of information and answers to FAQs.

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