Orthopedic doctors specialize in diagnosing, treating, and preventing disorders and diseases of the musculoskeletal system. The musculoskeletal system comprises the bones, joints, cartilage, ligaments, muscles, and tendons – any of these can become injured or suffer degeneration from years of wear and tear and aging – and they are essential to movement.
Patients with orthopedic issues can receive specialized care from an orthopedic doctor. Let’s talk about orthopedic doctors and what they do.
Education and Training
Orthopedic surgeons complete 4 years of medical school and a five-year residency program in orthopedic surgery. The choice to secure and maintain board certification demonstrates expertise and a commitment to continuing education and excellence in their field.
What an Orthopedic Doctor Can Treat
Orthopedic doctors can treat patients with chronic pain, limited function, and mobility, or sports injuries. They focus on treating patients with limitations due to an orthopedic injury or degenerative condition, such as:
- Neck and back pain
- Sports injuries, such as sprains and strains, simple fractures, dislocations, ACL tears, and ligament injuries
- Hip, knee, and shoulder arthritis
- Disc degeneration, disc herniation
- Traumatic injuries and fractures
- Work-related injuries from slips and falls, overexertion, and repetitive motion injuries
How Orthopedic Doctors Treat Patients
Orthopedic surgeons can administer non-surgical and surgical treatments for orthopedic conditions, such as:
- Urgent care for orthopedic injuries
- Immobilization, such as fitting patients with braces and other devices to limit movement and allow the injury to heal
- Prescribe and oversee physical therapy and rehabilitation program to restore strength, flexibility, and range of motion, as well as function in a specific area
- Prescribe medication that helps control pain and inflammation and other symptoms that can contribute to physical limitations and lower quality of life
- Provide personalized/customized guidance on how to prevent further injuries and enhance athletic performance
- Perform surgery to relieve pain and restore patient mobility in the case of advanced hip, knee, and shoulder arthritis, where the joint has accumulated damage that causes severe symptoms. Orthopedic surgeons can perform joint resurfacing, joint replacement, and use a minimally invasive approach for a much-improved patient recovery experience and reduced risk of complications
- Make recommendations on lifestyle changes that help support joint health and allow patients to enjoy a physically active lifestyle in their older years
The treatments that orthopedic doctors prescribe and perform can change the lives of patients for the better, which is what they strive to do. Board-certified orthopedic surgeons have a wealth of knowledge and experience, as well as a commitment to excellence that make them the best choice for orthopedic care.
Board-Certified Orthopedic Doctors in Hartford County, CT & Springfield, MA
Choose Advanced Orthopedics New England for all your orthopedic care needs. Our orthopedic doctors are board-certified and committed to compassionate, patient-centric care. We offer a range of treatment options for our patients, including the most advanced treatment approaches for their greater benefit. We also treat workers who are injured, and now have Orthopedic Urgent Care clinics conveniently located in our Enfield and Vernon locations.
Find out what treatment options we recommend for your orthopedic condition. Schedule a consultation with one of our orthopedic doctors today. Call us at (860) 728-6740 to make an appointment, or use our convenient online request form.