Orthopedics is a medical specialty focusing on the musculoskeletal system. This involves disorders of the bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons, nerves, and skin. All of these pieces work together allowing you to move, work, and be active.
Orthopedics work with patients of all ages. Injuries to the musculoskeletal system rank number one in visits to a physician’s office. Arthritis is one of these ailments, as well as back and spine injuries among dislocations and fractures.
They are skilled in the diagnosis of injuries and disorders, as well as treatment. This can include medication, exercise, surgery, or other treatment plans. Rehabilitation and prevention are key components, as well.
Like many other specialties, an orthopedist still works closely with other health care professionals. Whether it is a chronic problem or emergency trauma situation. While many orthopedists practice general orthopedics, some may specialize in foot, hand, spine, hip, knee, pediatrics, sports, or trauma medicine. Some even specialize in more than one area of the musculoskeletal system.