What does an orthopedic surgeon treat?

Orthopedic surgeons explore nonsurgical options first, such as pain medication or rehabilitation. They also have the expertise to perform surgery to repair an injury or correct a condition, if necessary.

Musculoskeletal pain is the number one reason why people visit their doctors each year.

Many people know that orthopedic surgeons treat broken bones, and replace painful joints, but did you know that orthopedic surgeons also treat patients for these problems?

  • Sports injuries
  • Back pain, ruptured disks, and spinal stenosis
  • Bone tumors
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome, hand arthritis, and hand injuries
  • Club foot, bow legs, and hip dysplasia
  • Orthopedic trauma
  • Limb lengthening
  • Achilles tendon injuries, bunions, and foot and ankle injuries
  • Osteoporosis
  • Arthritis

To learn about the treatment and management of these and many other orthopedic conditions, visit The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons’ (AAOS) patient education website, orthoinfo.org.