Day: May 13, 2024

How to Choose an OrthopedistHow to Choose an Orthopedist

People of all ages can experience bone, muscle, or joint pain that stops them from working and living the life they want. The musculoskeletal system supports our posture and stability, permits movement, protects our vital organs and circulates blood.

We hear stories from patients all the time who say their quality of life improved because of ortho surgeon care. We know that the value of orthopaedic surgery is reflected in patients who can go back to work and play with their kids, grandparents, or friends, who can walk without the use of a crutch or return to a sport they love.

Understanding Ortho Surgeons: What Sets Them Apart

While many of us see an orthopedist only when we think we need surgery, it is important to keep in mind that they are trained to help patients heal via nonsurgical treatment first. This may include splints, injections or physical therapy. They will also take into consideration your medical history and what other treatments you have tried.

When it is necessary to proceed with surgery, look for an orthopedist who is board certified. This means that they have passed four years of medical school, five years of residency and an additional year of training in their specific sub-specialty. This information should be available on their online physician profile or hospital/clinic website.

Orthopedists can treat a wide range of conditions, including broken bones, tendon injuries, arthritis and sports injuries. They are also trained to provide regenerative medicine techniques, such as platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and stem cell injections. They can also use electrospun fibers that promote tendon healing or lengthening rods made of a polyether ether ketone polymer to change limb alignment.