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:
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.
- 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
Source: MedlinePlus and American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
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- 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.