General orthopaedics is a medical specialty that focuses on the musculoskeletal system of your body. This complex system of bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles, and nerves is what allows your body to be active. It is the orthopaedic surgeon’s job to make sure that this system functions normally after disease or injury.
General orthopaedic surgeons must go through extensive medical training before they are able to properly diagnose orthopaedic injuries. After many years of studying and training, orthopaedic surgeons will have the ability to identify, treat, and/or surgically repair any part of the musculoskeletal system.
The treatment of orthopaedic injuries can differ greatly depending on the person and type of injury. Treatment options may be rest, rehabilitation therapy, medication, exercise, or surgery. There are also many different types of surgery that may be required or preferred depending on your injury. These include: arthroscopy, fusion, internal fixation, joint replacement, osteotomy, and soft tissue repair. No matter what, make sure to consult with a doctor about your injuries before taking action.