Treating musculoskeletal issues

The orthopedic field has a unique and interesting background. This specialty was originally formed to address the needs of children who had debilitating or crippling diseases. Many medical terms have Greek origins. Orthopedic is no different with root words: “ortho” meaning straight and “pais” meaning children. The field has grown and now treats patients of all ages.

What do orthopedic doctors do?

These specialists help you with musculoskeletal issues. Orthopedic doctors can: 

  • diagnose and treat issues of the musculoskeletal system,
  • help you form a rehabilitation plan to regain full range of motion or flexibility, and
  • address chronic issues and prevent worsening conditions.

What body parts do orthopedic doctors specialize in?

Orthopedic doctors address issues of the bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, and nerves. They can specifically treat pain in the following areas: ankles, back, elbows, feet, hands, hips, knees, neck, shoulders, and wrists.

If you are experiencing stiffness or reduced range of motion, seek help. An orthopedic physician can help you regain your strength and get back to your normal activities. 

What conditions do orthopedic physicians treat?

If you are experiencing prolonged pain for three or more months, seek the care of an orthopedic physician. They can help you get to the root of your problem and outline a treatment plan. There are times this does involve surgery. A thorough physician will walk through your symptoms and outline your options for treatment. 

Orthopedic physicians treat many conditions including: arthritis, benign soft tissue tumors, bone tumors and cancer, bursitis, clubfoot, carpal tunnel syndrome, hip dysplasia, muscular dystrophy, neurofibromatosis, orthopedic trauma such as bone fractures, osteoporosis, runner’s knee, sciatica, scoliosis, sprains and strains, tendinitis, and tennis elbow.

If you are needing to see an orthopedic physician, Healthstar Physicians has several on staff. These specialists are here to address your musculoskeletal issues. The team is here to diagnose your condition and form a plan to help you live a healthy life. To make an appointment, please call 423.586.7509.