What Do Orthopedic Specialists Offer – We Are Shoulder and Knee Experts
An orthopedic specialist (also known as an orthopedic surgeon or orthopedist) diagnoses and treats medical conditions that are related to a person’s musculoskeletal system, such as the joints, ligaments, and tendons. In addition, he treats nervous system disorders that are associated with the spine and issues that can cause birth defects, aging, and injuries to the musculoskeletal system. Orthopedists offer non-surgical and surgical treatments to ensure that their patients recover from the injury or illness.
Below are several types of conditions/injuries that are typically treated by orthopedists:
Back Pain – Back pain occurs in people from all age groups and an orthopedic specialist treats children, adolescents, and adults who have persistent back pain. A pediatric orthopedic surgeon often treats children and adolescents who experience persistent back pain.
Arthritis – This is a medical condition that causes pain and swelling in your joints and can be treated in a number of ways, such as surgery or medications.
Shoulder Injuries – The most commonly performed treatment is rotator cuff surgery. This requires the orthopedic specialist to repair torn rotator cuffs and recommend rehabilitation to regain complete motion and function.
Bow Legs – A condition wherein the legs are not straight or bowed out from the body. To straighten or realign the legs, surgery is mainly recommended.
Arm, Wrist and Hand Conditions – Any type of orthopedic condition that has an effect on the arm, wrist, and deformities and tumors of the hand are treated by orthopedic surgeons. More often than not, it requires the surgeon to rebuild your soft tissue and bone in the aforementioned areas.
Knee Injuries/Conditions – Meniscal, ACL, and SLAP tears are very common, especially among athletes. The types of treatments normally include reconstruction of the ligament, medications, and other surgery types, but this largely depends on the severity of the injury.
Spina Bifida – This is a congenital birth defect where the backbone and spine do not close prior to the birth. In certain situations, the spine may stick out of place in the back. An orthopedic specialist who has the qualification to treat newborns and children will perform the applicable surgery to close the opening and repair any existing spinal deformities.
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