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Orthopedic Doctor in Gallatin, TN

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Orthopedic Doctor Near Me in Gallatin, TN
Orthopedic Doctor Near Me in Gallatin, TN

Table of Contents:

What does an orthopedic doctor do?
What can an orthopedic doctor diagnose?
What types of conditions do orthopedic doctors treat?
Why would you be referred to an orthopedic surgeon?

The branch of medicine that focuses on the skeletal system and all its interconnecting parts is called Orthopedics. This includes the study of bones, muscles, joints, tendons, and ligaments.

An orthopedist or orthopedic doctor is a specialist in the musculoskeletal system who often works with a broader medical team comprised of nurse practitioners, physician assistants, occupational therapists, and physical therapists.

What does an orthopedic doctor do?

An orthopedist or orthopedic doctor focuses on the diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, and prevention of diseases of the joints, ligaments, bones, muscles, tendons, and nerves.
They are specialists that treat musculoskeletal conditions such as:

Arthritis – (osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis) – is the swelling of one or more joints.  The symptoms are joint pain and stiffness.
Bursitis – this is the inflammation of the bursa (these are the sacs of fluid that provide cushioning of the joints)
Osteoporosis – a disease that weakens bones and eventually breaks (hip bones and wrists are the most common)
They are specialists in treating injuries such as:

– Fractures – broken wrists, broken hips, and vertebrae
– Tendons – ACL ruptures
– Rotator cuff tears
– Carpal tunnel syndrome
– Tennis elbow
They are surgeons who can perform non-surgical and surgical procedures for:

– Joint replacement
– Arthroscopy
– Spinal surgery
– Disc replacement surgery
– Soft tissue repair
– Osteotomy – corrects the bone deformity
– Fusion of bones using rods
An orthopedic physician also assists with rehabilitation, creating a treatment plan alongside a physical therapist.

They also help with preventative care and help get your range of motion back by working alongside physical therapists and nurse practitioners.

What can an orthopedic doctor diagnose?

An orthopedic doctor specializes in diagnosing and treating anything to do with the musculoskeletal system. When other medical doctors don’t know how to diagnose these symptoms, a patient can be referred to an orthopedic doctor.

An orthopedic doctor can diagnose many types of pain throughout the body, including but not limited to:

– Hip, back, neck, back, foot, ankle wrist, hand pain
– Orthopedic trauma – such as severe injury affecting the muscles, ligaments, tendons, joints, etc
– Carpal tunnel syndrome
– ACL tears
– Injuries to the spine, facets, discs, muscles, and nerves
– Arthritis
– Tumors
– Ankle and foot injuries, plantar fasciitis
– Fractured elbows and knees

What types of conditions do orthopedic doctors treat?

Orthopedic surgeons are specialists in diagnosing any condition that affects the musculoskeletal system. Almost everyone deals with pain at some point in their life. When the pain gets too much to bear, an orthopedic surgeon specializes in treating these conditions.  Some of these conditions are:

Bone Tumors –  bone cancer
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome – pain, tingling, and numbness in your hand caused by repetitive action.
Hip Dysplasia – hip displacement where the hip joint is loose
Arthritis  – osteoarthritis & rheumatoid arthritis
Muscular Dystrophy – a disease that weakens muscle mass
Tennis Elbow – (lateral epicondylitis) swelling or tearing of the tendons around your wrist to your elbow
Runner’s Knee – dull pain around the front of the knee caused by running a certain way
Sciatica – Sciatic nerve pain that runs from the lower back down the back of the leg
Neurofibromatosis – a nervous system genetic disorder

Why would you be referred to an orthopedic surgeon?

Your family doctor is great at getting you healthy and back on your feet when you’re ill or have an injury. However, sometimes when the pain won’t go away, your physician can refer you to an orthopedic surgeon.

You may need to see an orthopedic specialist if you have:

– Pain or swelling in joints, persistent muscle pain, bone pain or swelling
– Numbness or tingling in your arms or legs decrease in mobility in your shoulders, knees, arms
– An injury to a bone or joint that won’t heal.
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