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The medical specialty of orthopedics is concerned with diseases, injuries, and conditions of the musculoskeletal system - the body's muscles and skeleton, including the joints, ligaments, tendons, and nerves. Trinity's board certified orthopedic specialists have been treating patients from throughout our region for decades.
Before a treatment or rehabilitation program can begin, your orthopedist must first determine the reason for, and source of, your condition. This typically involves a comprehensive physical examination plus a detailed medical history, in addition to a complete history and description of the symptoms related to your condition. During this gathering of information, be sure to notify your physician of any other illnesses, injuries, or complaints that have been associated with the pain or condition, as well as any previous treatments or medications prescribed. Preliminary diagnostic tests may then follow, including blood tests and/or x-rays.
Your treatment will depend on your condition. However, unless otherwise indicated, initial treatments are generally conservative, with surgical intervention only as a last resort.
A physician who specializes in orthopedic surgery is, of course, called an orthopedic surgeon, or simply an orthopedist. These medical experts are highly educated and skilled in the workings of the musculoskeletal system, which includes diagnosing conditions or disorders, identifying and treating injuries, recommending rehabilitation for an affected area/function, as well as determining ways to prevent further damage.
After approximately 14 years of medical education, orthopedic surgeons, like those with Trinity Medical Group, usually become board-certified by passing both oral and written examinations given by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery.
Many orthopedic surgeons choose to practice general orthopedics, while others specialize in certain areas of the body (i.e., foot, hand, shoulder, spine, hip, or knee), or in a specialized area of care, such as sports medicine, trauma medicine, etc. Some may even work in several areas and collaborate with other specialists in caring for patients.