Orthopedic Surgeon in Nashville, TN
The caring and compassionate orthopedic doctors Dr. Thomas Gautsch MD and his team at Southern Sports Medicine Institute are here to help you. For more information, contact us or schedule an appointment online. We have convenient locations for you.
Table of Contents:
What does an Orthopedic surgeon do?
What questions should I ask an orthopedic surgeon?
How do I prepare for an orthopedic appointment?
What should I expect visiting an orthopedic surgeon?
What is the difference between an orthopedic doctor and an orthopedic surgeon?
The number one reason why people visit their doctors every year is because of musculoskeletal pain. Orthopedic surgeons specialize in musculoskeletal pain. An orthopedic surgeon is an expert with expansive training in the propitious diagnosis and both non-surgical and surgical treatment of diseases and injuries of the musculoskeletal system.
Orthopedic surgeons focus on the diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, and prevention of diseases of the bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, tendons, and nerves. These specialists exercise medical, physical, rehabilitation, and surgery to revive normal function. Orthopedic surgeons prospect non-surgical options first, such as pain medication or rehabilitation. They also have the proficiency to perform surgery to correct an injury or correct a condition, if necessary.
Musculoskeletal pain is the number one reason why people frequent their doctors each year. Many people know that orthopedic surgeons treat fractured bones, and replace and restore painful joints, but that orthopedic surgeons also treat patients that have:
– Sports injuries
– Back pain ruptured disks and spinal stenosis
– Bone tumors
– Carpal tunnel, hand arthritis, and hand injuries
– Club foot, bow legs, and hip dysplasia
– Orthopedic trauma
– Limb lengthening
– Achilles tendon injuries, foot/ankle injuries, and bunions
– Osteoporosis Arthritis
It can be difficult to know where to begin with your first orthopedic appointment. Planning to ask questions in advance can garner your visit more efficiently for both you and your doctor. Comprehending your condition is the first step toward managing your health. While each case is subjective and may need slight alterations, this list can help get you started with your questions.
– Why is it important to know my medical history?
– What are the risks and benefits?
– What expertise do you have in treating my condition?
– How much improvement can I expect after surgery?
– How long will I be in the hospital?
– Will I need physical therapy?
– What follow-up do you have after surgery?
– When can I get back to my normal day-to-day activities?
These are some tips to prepare to ensure you get the most out of your appointment.
1. Arrive 15-30 minutes before your scheduled appointment to fill out your paperwork. To save time, you can fill out your forms online.
2. Please wear appropriate clothing. Bring shorts if you are getting your knee, hip or spine examined to make it easier for the physician to examine the area being addressed. If it is your shoulder or spine being examined, wear loose clothing.
3. Please bring your government-issued photo ID, insurance information, copies of your medical records, scans, and a list of medications you are taking.
4. Although X-rays are usually a part of your scheduled orthopedic appointment, it would be good to bring previous X-rays that have been ordered by other doctors for comparison.
No orthopedic examination is the same. However, there are general tests that an orthopedic surgeon may consider in assessing a patient’s condition. Primarily, you can typically expect the following during your orthopedic visit: A thorough medical history A physical examination X-rays Additional tests, as needed Your medical history is needed to aid the orthopedic surgeon in evaluating your overall health and the possible causes of your joint pain. In addition, it will help your orthopedic surgeon determine to what degree your joint pain is interrupting your ability to perform everyday activities.
In short, there is no difference. Orthopedic doctors are just another term for orthopedic surgeons. Whether you call them orthopedic doctors or orthopedic surgeons, they still have the expertise to help patients get out of pain. Call or request an appointment. We serve patients from Nashville TN, LaGuardo TN, Cottontown TN, Castalian Springs TN, and Graball TN.
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