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.
An Orthopedist is a doctor who specializes in diagnosing and treating the medical conditions and disorders related to the musculoskeletal system - bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, and muscles. They treat conditions like arthritis, osteoporosis, sports injuries, bone tumors, 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, the following are the specialties or extra qualifications required to be an Orthopedist:
If any individuals suffering from following medical conditions or disorders related to bones, tendons, joints, ligaments, and muscles then it is required to consult an Orthopedist.
An Orthopedist will confirm this by conducting tests like x-rays or bone scans. This helps in deciding the extent of the injury that leads to sprain or fracture. A sprain is an injury to the ligaments that heal with time. But a fracture needs other treatment options like a splint, cast, or surgery.
An individual needs to consult an Orthopedist once in every six months depending on age and their medical condition. If the individual is fit and healthy, then he/she can consult an Orthopedist once in a year to examine the health condition of bones, joints, muscles, tendons, and ligaments.
The possible length of hospital stay for orthopedic surgery is about 5 to 14 days. It may vary depending on the type of orthopedic surgery performed and the medical condition of the patient. And the stay may increase due to post-surgery complications. Postoperative surgery care like proper dressing, usage of prescribed medications, and physiotherapy gives fast recovery.
Yes, an Orthopedist can definitely treat soft tissue injury. It is a procedure to repair or fix soft tissues, such as tendons, ligaments, or muscles. Some of the common soft tissue injuries are sprains, tendinitis, strains, etc.
Generally no, for most of the orthopedic injuries or conditions, Orthopedists use the diagnostic and imaging procedures like X-rays and bone scans which are painless. They may also use magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computerized tomography (CT), or ultrasound, which are non-invasive and painless procedures. To diagnose certain orthopedic conditions like arthritis the doctor may perform minimally invasive procedures like arthroscopy that results in mild pain.