Seven facts about orthopedics

March 31, 2023 /// 2 Min Read

Seven facts about orthopedics

Published in The True Citizen

Orthopedics is a medical specialty that focuses on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disorders of the musculoskeletal system, which includes bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and nerves that work to allow people’s bodies to move and function properly. Orthopedic conditions can range from minor sprains and strains to complex spinal deformities and joint replacements.

Seven things to know about orthopedics:

1. Orthopedic surgeons are specialized physicians that undergo extensive training and education to specialize in the diagnosis, treatment, and surgery of musculoskeletal conditions. They are trained in all aspects of orthopedic care and often have subspecialties, such as sports medicine, hand surgery, spine surgery, or joint replacement surgery.

2. Orthopedic surgeons treat various conditions that affect the musculoskeletal system, including fractures, sprains, strains, arthritis, tendon and ligament injuries, scoliosis, and osteoporosis. They can also perform joint replacement surgeries, such as hip, knee, and shoulder replacements.

3. Orthopedic surgeons use advanced technology to diagnose and treat orthopedic conditions. This includes imaging techniques such as X-rays, CT scans, MRI scans, and ultrasounds, as well as minimally invasive surgeries, arthroscopy and computer and robotic-assisted surgery.

4. Physical therapy is a key part of orthopedic treatment, as it helps patients regain strength, mobility, and function after an injury or surgery. Physical therapists work closely with orthopedic surgeons to develop individualized treatment plans that help patients recover as quickly and safely as possible.

5. Many orthopedic conditions can be prevented by taking certain precautions and adopting healthy habits. This includes maintaining a healthy weight, staying active, wearing proper footwear, and avoiding repetitive motions that can cause strain or injury.

6. Orthopedic surgery is not always necessary. While it can be an effective treatment for many conditions, it is only sometimes necessary. Orthopedic surgeons often try conservative treatment options, such as physical therapy or medication, before recommending surgery.

7. Burke Health specializes in orthopedics, performing multiple orthopedic surgeries each day in the hospital, seeing numerous patients at the Burke Orthopedics Clinic, providing sports medicine and athletic training at the High School to support student-athletes musculoskeletal development, and providing physical therapy to pre & post-operative patients at the Burke Therapy Clinic.

Orthopedics is a specialty many will need to seek treatment for during their lifetime. If someone is experiencing pain or discomfort, they should talk to their doctor about scheduling a convenient appointment with an orthopedic specialist at Burke Health.