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ORTHOPEDICS / ORTHOPAEDICS
Orthopedics is the medical specialty that focuses on injuries and diseases of your body's musculoskeletal system. This complex system includes your bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles, and nerves and allows you to move, work, and be active.
Once devoted to the care of children with spine and limb deformities, orthopedists now care for patients of all ages, from newborns with clubfeet to young athletes requiring arthroscopic surgery to older people with arthritis. And anybody can break a bone.
Your Orthopedic Surgeon
Orthopedic surgeons manage special problems of the musculoskeletal system. This involves:
While orthopedic surgeons are familiar with all aspects of the musculoskeletal system, many orthopedists specialize in certain areas, such as the foot and ankle, spine, hip or knee. They may also choose to focus on specific fields like pediatrics, trauma or sports medicine. Some orthopedic surgeons may specialize in several areas.
Orthopedic surgeons treat many musculoskeletal conditions without surgery, by using medication, exercise and other rehabilitative or alternative therapies. For most orthopedic diseases and injuries there is more than one form of treatment. If necessary, he/she may also recommend surgery if you do not respond to other treatments.
Orthopedic surgeons perform numerous types of surgeries. Common procedures include:
Common Treatments and Surgeries for the Medical Tourist
Highly qualified Orthopedic surgeons, in state-
Partial knee replacement
Shoulder joint replacement
Total hip replacement
Total knee replacement
Detailed information on orthopedic terminology, diseases and treatment can be found here: http://emedicine.medscape.com/orthopedic_surgery
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