Orthopaedics is a medical specialty that focuses on diseases, injuries and conditions of the musculoskeletal system, which includes bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles, and nerves. The word orthopaedic, sometimes spelled orthopedic comes from the Greek words “ortho” which means straight and “paedia” which means children. Orthopaedic surgeons was once devoted to the care of children with spine and limb deformities, nowadays, they care for patients of all ages, young and old alike, who suffer from various ailments, ranging from something as simple as a broken arm up to complicated cases like artificial hips.
What Orthopaedic Surgeons Can Do For You?
An orthopaedic surgeon or simply, an orthopaedist is involved in all aspects of heath care pertaining to a person’s musculoskeletal system. This involves the following:
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
Training and Education
An orthopaedic surgeon undergoes years of extensive training and education prior to operating on their patients. A surgeon’s education starts from a program for bachelor’s degree, usually in biology, pre-medical studies or the same field. After they received their undergraduate degrees, orthopaedic surgeons will then attend four more years in the medical school to take advanced courses in physiology and anatomy, biochemistry and pharmacology. Also, they participate in the clinical rotations which will introduce them to the medical specialties, which include surgery. Following medical school, they will then pursue with their training through 5 more years for residency education. Usually, they spend 1 year of their residency training in the area of general surgery then 4 years in orthopaedic surgery. As residents, they start out by observing the licensed surgeons before gradually becoming hands on in the surgical procedures but still under supervision.
While most orthopaedists practice general orthopaedics, some may specialize in certain areas, such as the foot and ankle, hand and wrist, shoulder, spine, hip, knee and others in pediatrics, trauma or sports medicine. Some orthopaedists may specialize in several areas.
Your orthopaedic surgeon will be the one to take care of you and help you out in dealing with your musculoskeletal system related conditions so that you can regain a better and healthier life that is free from worries and pains. If you feel that you need help in this area, do not hesitate to contact us today.