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Thursday, October 21, 2021, 9:05 AM

Prevent Any Symptoms From Worsening With An Orthopedic Doctor

What does an Orthopedic Doctor do?
An orthopaedic doctor, often known as an orthopedic surgeon, focuses on assisting a person with musculoskeletal issues. Their respective duties consist of:
    - Treats and diagnoses conditions that might affect one's musculoskeletal system.
    - Assists people with rehabilitation to regain strength, flexibility, range of motion, and movement following a surgery or an injury.
    - Forms strategies for preventing injury or keeping chronic conditions like arthritis from worsening.
While an orthopedic doctor is aware of all the parts of a musculoskeletal system, some of them might prefer to choose to specialize furthermore. Some orthopedic areas where one can specialize further include:
    - Hand
    - Sports medicine
    - Hip and knee
    - Foot and ankle
    - Trauma surgery
    - Spine
    - Shoulder and elbow
Required qualifications and training
To become an orthopedic doctor, one has to complete up to 14 years of training and educations. It includes the following:
    - Medical school for four years
    - Fellowship to sub-specialize in an area for a year
    - The residency focused on orthopedics for five years
    - UG program at a university or a college for four years
What are the types of conditions treated by an orthopedic doctor?
An Orthopedic doctor is known to treat a wide variety of conditions which includes but is not limited to the following:
    - Muscle strains
    - Arthritis
    - Injuries to ligaments or tendons such as tendonitis, ACL tears, and sprains
    - Bone fracture and Bone cancer
    - Back or joint pain
    - Limb abnormalities like bowlegs and clubfoot
    - Carpal tunnel syndrome
When should you see an orthopedic doctor?
One might need to visit an orthopedic doctor if one has:
    - Swelling or pain in a joint, muscle, or a recurring bone, is not responding to at-home care or is persistent.
    - A significant decline in the range or the mobility of the motion of joints like one's shoulder, elbow, or knee.
    - Troubles while performing activities on a day-to-day basis.
    - Injuries to a joint or a bone that requires the special attention of a specialist.
    - Symptoms related to nerves. Such as tingling, a sensation of pins and needles in one's leg and arms, or numbness.
What types of procedures is an orthopedic doctor involved in?
Orthopedic doctors tend to recommend various procedures and treatments for all the conditions they can effectively handle. Let us explore a few of them now!
    1. Surgical treatments
Sometimes an injury or a condition might not improve irrespective of all the conservative measures. In such cases, a doctor might end up recommending surgery. A few examples of such operations performed by an orthopedic doctor include:
    - Internal fixation
    - Joint replacement
    - Fusion
    - Soft tissue repair
    - Osteotomy
    - Release surgery
    1. Non-surgical treatments
These treatments are also known as conservative treatments. An orthopedic doctor often tends to focus on non-surgical treatments before recommending surgery primarily.
Some of the various non-surgical treatments are:
    - Exercises
    - Medications
    - Immobilization
    - Changes in lifestyle
An Orthopedic surgeon treats and diagnoses conditions that affect the bones, joints, and muscles of the body of a person. Treatments might include conservative measures like medication and exercises or operations such as a total knee replacement in certain special instances.
An orthopedic doctor can also assist a person with rehabilitation and help prevent any symptom of an existing problem or a condition from worsening with time.