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1. Who is an Orthopaedist?
An orthopaedist is a medical doctor who specializes in diagnosis and treatment of disorders related to the skeletal system. An orthopaedic doctor attends to any disorder or condition or injury pertaining to the bones, muscles, joints, and ligaments associated with the skeletal system. These medical professionals treat conditions like arthritis, back pain, sports injuries, and leg and foot pain
2. What is the difference between an Orthopaedist and an Orthopaedic surgeon?
Orthopaedists are sometimes mistakenly referred to as orthopaedic surgeons. An orthopaedist deals with conditions related to the musculoskeletal system. He provides pre-surgical consultation and post-surgical follow up. An orthopaedic surgeon provides same care as orthopaedist, but performs surgery as well. He performs surgery to cure back pain, ruptured discs, bone tumours, carpal tunnel, arthritis and other injuries.
3. Does an Orthopaedist treat foot and ankle related problems?
Yes, an orthopaedist deals with musculoskeletal problems within the body. Problems related to foot and ankle fall under this category. Common foot problems like bunions, ankle sprains, arthritis, and sports injury are treated by an orthopaedist. Diagnosis of foot and ankle related problems are done through imaging tests. The mode of treatment depends on the severity of the problem.
4. Does one need a doctor referral to see an Orthopaedist?
One can consult an orthopaedist by booking an appointment. Consultation with the orthopaedist is conducted in his/her clinic or at a healthcare centre. In some cases, patients go to a general physician for any condition or disorder related to the musculoskeletal system. Once preliminary investigation is done, the general physician may refer the patient to an orthopaedist for further examination.
5. Does an Orthopaedist treat sport injuries?
Sport injuries are mostly related to the musculoskeletal system. Injuries like ligament tear, sprains, fractures, muscle pull, or bruises are commonly encountered in sports. An orthopaedist is the right medical doctor to consult for sport injuries. After physical examination, the orthopaedist may ask for imaging tests for confirming the extent of damage and then treat accordingly.
Orthopedists or Orthopedic doctors are the ones who are specialized in preventing, diagnosing, and treating the medical conditions related to joints, bones, ligaments, tendons, and muscles. They treat conditions like sports injuries, arthritis, osteoporosis, bone tumors, back pain, spinal stenosis, and tendon & ankle injuries etc.
A 5-year medical degree [MBBS] that is recognized by the General Medical Council and a 2-year foundation course of general training are the basic requirements for an individual to be a doctor. However, following are the specialties or extra qualifications required to be an Orthopedist:
Depending on the age and health condition of the individual’s joints, one must visit or consult an Orthopedist once in six months. However, if the individual is healthy, then he/she should visit an Orthopedist once in a year to check the status of the health condition of bones, joints, muscles, tendons, and ligaments.
If you are suffering from any of the following diseases or medical conditions related to bones, joints, tendons, ligaments, and muscles, then you should consult an Orthopedist.
Orthopedists examine, diagnose, and treat diseases related to bones, ligaments, joints, and muscles throughout the human body. Podiatrists are doctors who are specialized in treating medical conditions related to the foot, ankle, and lower extremity. However, Podiatrists can treat knee injuries and hip injuries as they may be caused due to foot or ankle deformities. So, depending on the cause of illness, one can consult either an Orthopedist or Podiatrist.
Yes, Orthopedists or Orthopedic doctors can treat and cure arthritis with proper medications and lifestyle modifications. If arthritis does not cure even after therapeutic treatment, then the Orthopedist may suggest the patient undergo surgery.
Orthopedists are specialized doctors who are well trained in diagnosing and treating diseases related to bones and joints like arthritis, hip fracture, osteoarthritis, and tennis elbow, etc.
Following are few of the surgeries and procedures that can be performed by an Orthopedist:
Yes, Orthopedists read X-ray films of an individual’s bones and can diagnose the medical condition.
Individuals who are suffering from back pain can consult an Orthopedist and can get an appropriate treatment course to cure or treat back pain. However, an individual can visit an Orthopedist to get diagnosed for any kind of disease related to bones, joints, ligaments, and muscles.
Muscular disorders like multiple sclerosis, myopathy, myasthenia gravis and myositis, etc can be diagnosed and treated by an Orthopedist.