Orthopedic surgery is a medical specialty that focuses on injuries and conditions involving the musculoskeletal system – parts of the body that allow a person to move and be active, including bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons and nerves.
Orthopedic surgery is a very broad specialty, providing treatment for a wide variety of diseases and conditions, including:
• fractures and dislocations
• torn ligaments, sprains and strains
• tendon injuries, pulled muscles and bursitis
• ruptured disks, sciatica, low back pain and scoliosis
• arthritis and osteoporosis
• knock knees, bow legs, bunions and hammer toes
• bone tumors, muscular dystrophy and cerebral palsy
• club foot and unequal leg length
• abnormalities of the fingers and toes and growth abnormalities
Thousands of people have successful orthopedic surgery each year to recover from injuries or to restore lost function. The degree of success in individual recoveries depends on an individual's age and general health, the medical problem being treated and a person's willingness to comply with rehabilitative therapy after the surgery.
Orthopedic surgeons are skilled at using both surgical and non-surgical treatment. Many musculoskeletal conditions are treated without surgery by using medication, exercise and other rehabilitative or alternative therapies. Your orthopedic surgeon will discuss your diagnosis and available treatment options and help select the best plan for your lifestyle.
Much of the work of an orthopedic surgeon involves adding foreign material to the body in the form of screws, wires, pins, tongs and prosthetics to hold damaged bones in their proper alignment or to replace damaged bone or connective tissue. Great improvements have been made in the development of artificial limbs and joints, and in the materials available to repair damage to bones and connective tissue. As developments occur in the fields of metallurgy and plastics, changes will take place in orthopedic surgery that will allow surgeons to more nearly duplicate the natural functions of bones, joints and ligaments, and to more accurately restore damaged parts to their original ranges of motion.
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