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.
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.