Looking for an orthopaedic surgeon in San Diego?
Scripps Affiliated Medical Groups has a comprehensive list of physicians specializing in all aspects of orthopaedic surgery. Orthopaedic Surgeons are trained in the investigation, preservation, and restoration of the form and function of the musculoskeletal system. This includes the arms, legs, spine, and associated body structures. While certified orthopaedic surgeons are educated in all facets of the musculoskeletal system, many orthopaedists choose to specialize in a specific area, such as the hand, hip, or knee. They may also choose to focus on a specific field, such as pediatrics, sports medicine, or trauma. Other orthopaedic surgeons may specialize in several areas. The two official subspecialties of orthopaedic surgery are orthopaedic sports medicine and surgery of the hand.
Weekend Athletes & Injuries
San Diego is the perfect environment to pursue outdoor activities since the weather allows us to be active outside year-round. We even have an Olympic Training Center here because our climate is so ideal.
There are times when, no matter how careful we are, accidents happen. Sometimes the accidents are minor and can be treated with some ice and a bandage, but there are other times when no one but a trained orthopaedist can treat the problem.
Treating Aging Bones
As we age, our bones become more brittle, and our ability to recover from injuries is slower. We haven’t figured out how to reverse aging, but an orthopaedic surgeon can help determine what kind of treatment would be best for older patients, up to and including replacement of certain joints, like hips.
Some common reasons to seek an orthopaedic surgeon include: to repair a broken bone, to treat carpal tunnel syndrome, for joint replacement surgery, or to correct a sports injury. They are also involved with the care of patients whose musculoskeletal problems include congenital deformities, trauma, infections, tumors, degenerative diseases, and metabolic disturbances of the musculoskeletal system.
For most orthopaedic injuries and conditions, there are many treatment options to consider. Before recommending surgery, an orthopaedic surgeon may treat musculoskeletal conditions by using medication, exercise, or other rehabilitative therapies. If a patient does not respond to other treatments, surgery may be necessary. There are numerous types of orthopaedic surgeries, but some of the most common include: fusion, internal fixation, joint replacement, osteotomy, and soft tissue repair. An orthopaedic surgeon may work in a multidisciplinary team of specialists including rehabilitation specialists, neurologists, rheumatologists, primary care physicians, and other specialists in order to provide the best management and/or treatment plan depending on your injury or condition.