What is orthopedics?

Orthopedics is a medical specialty that manages the treatment of bones and muscles. Orthopedic surgery is the part of medication concerned with diseases, wounds, and states of the musculoskeletal framework identifying with the body’s muscles and skeleton, and including the joints, ligaments, tendons, and nerves.

Several doctors from different medical specialties may be involved in the treatment at the same time. This approach is important to manage the symptoms of an orthopedic condition, especially as many symptoms are chronic and change over time. Some of the more common medical professionals involved in the treatment of orthopedic conditions may include an Orthopedic surgeon, Primary care doctor, or Physical therapist.

Sprains, strains, fractures, and other orthopedic conditions have many non-surgical treatment options. And to the patient’s benefit, rehabilitation times with these conservative methods are typically shorter and carry less risk than undergoing a surgical procedure.

But sometimes surgery becomes the only option for effectively treating the injury and managing pain, which sometimes could result in long-term impairment, pain, or dysfunction.

Orthopedic non-surgical treatments may include: