What is an orthopaedic doctor?
An orthopaedic doctor, also known as an orthopaedist, is a medical doctor (MD) or a doctor of osteopathy (DO) who specializes in the musculoskeletal system—bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and nerves.
What is an orthopaedic surgeon?
Orthopaedic surgeons are specialized in the musculoskeletal system; many orthopaedists specialize in certain areas of the body, such as foot and ankle, hand and wrist, back, or neck and spine. Additionally, orthopaedic doctors may focus on a specific field of orthopaedics, like pediatrics, sports medicine, and trauma.
What is arthritis?
The word arthritis literally means “joint inflammation.” Arthritis refers to a group of more than 100 rheumatic diseases and other conditions that cause pain, stiffness, and swelling in joints.
Rheumatoid arthritis is a disease that damages the lining surrounding our joints while also destroying our bones, tissue, and joints over time.
Osteoarthritis is a progressive condition that slowly damages the cartilage surrounding the ends of bones and is common in the hip, knee, and spine.
What is a ligament?
A ligament is an elastic band of tissue that connects bone to bone and provides stability to the joint.
If I see an orthopaedic surgeon, will he or she generally recommend surgery?
Most orthopedic injuries and conditions are treated without surgery, using a range of treatments that include activity modification, physical therapy, and medications. Surgery is an option for certain orthopedic problems and often for those conditions that do not alleviate symptoms.