What is an Orthopedic Surgeon?
An orthopedic surgeon is a specialized physician dealing with muscle, bone, joint and nerve problems. An orthopedic surgeon may be an MD or DO. This means this doctor went through four years of college and four years of medical school followed by 1 year training in general surgery and then four years of specialized training in orthopedic surgery.
Most orthopedic surgeons go on to do an extra year of sub-specialized training within orthopedics. These subspecialties include sports medicine, spine surgery, joint replacement, hand surgery, pediatric and tumor surgery. Although some people call themselves orthopedic chiropractors or sports medicine doctors unless they have completed an orthopedic residency they are not orthopedists.
In order to be a board certified orthopedic surgeon, the doctor must not only complete a certified residency but also pass a written and verbal examination. The verbal exam is given by 6 certified orthopedic examiners and the applicant needs to present patients and surgeries he has performed.
Orthopedists deal with many conditions including:
- Sports medicine including Arthroscopy and minimally invasive procedures
- Fractures and bone injuries
- Joint replacement surgery (Total Knee, Total Hip, Total Shoulder)
- Pain management
- Back & Spine Surgery
- Hand Surgery including Carpal Tunnel Surgery
- Hip Injuries and Fractures
- Shoulder Injuries including Rotator Cuff and Dislocations
- Foot & Ankle Surgery
- Physical and Occupational Therapy
- Sprains, Strains, muscle tears, ligament tears (ACL)
If you have pain or an injury to any part of your arms, legs, neck or back, you should call a Westchester orthopedic surgeon at our practice to get treated. To find out more about orthopedic surgeons, go to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons website at www.aaos.org.