The word “orthopedic” itself actually translates as the care of children. The prefix ortho- means straight, and the suffix -peds means child. Put the word together and it means to make a child straight. Therefore, orthopedic surgeons aim to and specialize in diagnosing and treating conditions and injuries of the musculoskeletal system, meaning whatever is compromising the muscles, bones, joints, ligaments, and connective tissue. The field of orthopedics contains various areas of specialty, as general orthopedic surgeons are educated and skilled at treating various parts of the body.
In other words, the field of orthopedics is a collaborative team and group effort. It takes a team of trained and highly-skilled surgeons of different specialties to help meet the different needs of people. Whether you suffer from arthritis, an athlete with a sports injury, sprain/strain or broken leg, or a child with scoliosis, there are a variety of orthopedic surgeons that you can choose from to treat your unique needs. The top types of surgeons within the orthopedic field include:
1. Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeons: Believe it or not, orthopedic surgeons treat children. Parents may turn to an orthopedic surgeon if they have concerns over their child’s growth and development. Pediatric orthopedic surgeons deal with scoliosis, broken bones, and a variety of other conditions and injuries affecting the growth plates in a child’s bones.
2. Sports Medicine: Athletes and active people often find themselves prone to injuries. Orthopedic surgeons often specialize in sports medicine to help athletes and non-athletes maintain a healthy lifestyle, and treat those with sports-related injuries, helping them recover and rehabilitate, to be able to function and restore mobility, to get back to doing the things that they love in a timely manner.
3. Trauma Surgeons: When a trauma occurs due to car accidents, violence, and other severe injuries, trauma surgeons work quickly to repair the damage such as broken bones and torn ligaments, in order to prevent long-term damage. These surgeons also help rehabilitate patients from injuries after surgery.
4. Foot & Ankle: Some orthopedic surgeons specialize in treating injuries and conditions affecting the lower extremities, more specifically the feet and ankles. Since the ankles and feet have a complex composition of bones, ligaments, joints, etc., a foot and ankle specialist is able to have a more intimate knowledge about the anatomy and treatment of this area.
To learn more about these types of surgeons and others within the field of orthopedics, call Colorado Center of Orthopaedic Excellence in Colorado Springs at (719) 623-1050, or request an appointment online.