What Is an Orthopedic Specialist?
To understand what an orthopedic specialist does, it helps to explain what the field of orthopedics involves. Orthopedics (sometimes spelled “orthopaedics”) focuses on the musculoskeletal system, which includes the bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and nerves. If you’re ever experiencing issues with one of those areas, an orthopedic specialist can perform an evaluation, diagnose the problem, and then guide you through a recommended course of treatment, whether it be surgical or conservative (nonsurgical).
Orthopedic specialists are trained to treat any condition affecting the musculoskeletal system. With that being said, some of the conditions they most commonly treat include:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Degenerative spine disorders
- Torn ligaments
Common Treatment Methods
Many orthopedic specialists hesitate to recommend surgery unless it’s absolutely necessary. Before recommending surgery, they’ll often prescribe a variety of conservative treatments, which may include over-the-counter medications, corticosteroid injections, heat/cold therapy, and physical therapy. When a patient attempts these treatments for several weeks or months and can’t find relief, surgery may become an option.
Need an Orthopedic Specialist in Reno, NV?
If you’re in the Reno, Nevada, area and you think you could benefit from the services of an orthopedic specialist, contact Tahoe Fracture & Orthopedic Medical Clinic today to make an appointment (or, use our handy online scheduling service!). We’re a full-service orthopedic clinic with a team that includes doctors, surgeons, physical and occupational therapists, pain management specialists, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners. We look forward to helping you restore your function, mobility, and quality of life.