What Is an Orthopedist?
Has your doctor referred you to an orthopedist? If you’re like many people, you may have heard of orthopedists but not know what they actually do. Orthopedists specialize in the field of orthopedics, which focuses on the musculoskeletal system (the bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, tendons, and nerves). While some of these physicians practice general orthopedics, others specialize in a certain area of the body, like the spine or the hands. Some orthopedists even specialize in certain types of injuries. Sports medicine experts, for example, focus on injuries resulting from athletics. And, orthopedic oncologists devote their practice to cancers affecting the musculoskeletal system.
What Do Orthopedists Treat?
There’s a virtually endless number of conditions that can affect the musculoskeletal system, and orthopedists may have experience with any of them. However, some of the most common conditions that orthopedists treat include:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Degenerative spine disorders
- Torn ligaments
Need an Orthopedist in Reno, NV?
If you’re in the Reno, Nevada, area and you think you could benefit from the help of an orthopedist, turn to Tahoe Fracture & Orthopedic Medical Clinic. We’re a full-service orthopedic clinic that’s been serving patients since 1966, and our team includes physicians, surgeons, physical and occupational therapists, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners. Contact us to learn more. Or, if you’d like to meet with one of the skilled orthopedists on our team, fill out our online request form and we’ll set up an appointment at a time that’s convenient for you.