What does an Orthopedic Doctor Do And When Should One Meet One?

Updated: Mar 7

1Health's Dr Rakesh Mohan is a consultant Orthopedist in Dasarahalli, Bangalore, Karnataka. Consult him for all musculoskeletal system related problems. Please call 1Health Medical Center on +91-98809 50950 to book an appointment.


Who is an Orthopedic Doctor?

An orthopedic doctor specializes in treating any disorder in relation to one's bones or joints, or muscles, tendons, and ligaments. It's the orthopedic surgeon's duty in helping prevent, diagnose, and treat disorders related to the musculoskeletal system of the human body. A majority of the orthopedic doctors are generalists and treat all the routine orthopedic conditions, but some specialize in treating only certain specific areas or conditions, and stick to treating just that, such as a,


  • Hip and Knee Replacement Surgeon

  • Foot and Ankle Surgeon

  • Shoulder and Elbow Surgeon

  • Hand Surgeon

  • Spine Surgeon

  • Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon


How Old Are Orthopedic Surgeon's Patients?

Patients of an orthopedic surgeon can be as young as a new born baby, or can be the elderly, in the ripe of their age. On a lighter note everyone in possession of bones and muscles will need to pay a visit to an orthopaedic doctor at some point of time in their life. Injuries inflicted during sporting events, treatment of fractures, maladies of the spine, and so forth, needs the attention of an orthopedic surgeon.


What is the Orthopedic Surgeon capable of treating?

It is the norm of orthopedic surgeons to explore non-invasive treatment methods prior to exploring surgical options. Doctors prescribe medications to repair tissue damage, fasten the healing process, ease the pain and suggest rehabilitation protocols for complete recovery.


If the initial recommendations do not yield results then surgical options are explored to correct the underlying disease, or fix the injury, as the doctor sees fit.


Pain of the musculoskeletal system has been observed to be the numero uno reason for people visiting orthopedic doctors year on year.


Apart from mending broken bones and replacing worn off joints, orthopedic surgeons also treat a multitude of musculoskeletal problems as listed in the following, to name a few:


  • Sports related injuries

  • Spinal stenosis, treating prolapsed discs, back pain management

  • Treating tumors of the bone

  • Treating injuries to the hand, carpal tunnel, and arthritis.

  • Treating conditions like hip dysplasia

  • Orthopaedic trauma

  • Lengthening of limbs

  • Achilles tendon injuries, bunions, and foot & ankle injuries

  • Osteoporosis

  • Arthritis


What's the need for an Orthopaedic Surgeon?

An Orthopaedic surgeon is highly skilled, and they during their formative years have undergone extensive training to hone their skills to a perfection. They are trained to diagnose, and treat through both surgical and non-surgical means, injuries and maladies in relation to the musculoskeletal system.


PROVIDING CARE OF THE HIGHEST QUALITY IS THE COMMITMENT THAT ORTHOPAEDIC SURGEONS APPROACH EVERY CASE THAT’S BEEN ENTRUSTED UPON THEM.


What's the education and training that an orthopaedic surgeon goes through?

Orthopaedic surgeons are medical doctors who have more than 10 years of Medical College Training under their belt. It is mandatory that orthopaedic surgeons who are certified by a board continue to retain their certification through continual learning and using the means of written or oral examinations to demonstrate the expertise they have accumulated.


It's Orthopaedic Surgeons Who Keeps Our Great Nation Indian On the Move.


Orthopaedic care is priceless, and this care alone can help you reclaim your life when you are faced with a debilitating adversary. The choice between being crippled for life, or being able to get back to work and being able to do the things you love the most with your family, makes meeting up with an Orthopaedist that much more important.


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