When to See an Orthopedic Surgeon

Published on: July 25, 2018

Orthopedic surgeons are specialists who diagnose and treat musculoskeletal disorders, from arthritis and back pain to sport’s injuries and bone abnormalities. The field is very large, covering many different parts of the body. Many orthopedic surgeons specialize their scope of the field, such as spine, sport’s injuries, hands or other specific musculoskeletal areas. So, how do you know when to seek the expertise of an orthopedic surgeon?

Trauma Injuries

When ligaments, muscles or bone are injured in a trauma, an orthopedic surgeon may be needed, especially if surgery is needed to treat the injury. If you break a bone that cannot be set and needs surgical treatment, you would usually seek an orthopedic surgeon to complete the surgery. They may use fusion or internal fixation to secure broken bones with metal, bone grafts and other techniques to help bone heal.

Spine, Back and Neck Pain

Orthopedic surgeons that specialize in spine issues can offer relief for severe neck, back and spine pain. Minimally invasive surgeries are available to treat herniated discs, sciatica and other musculoskeletal issues.

Bone and Musculoskeletal Abnormalities

Many congenital abnormalities from cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy and tumors are corrected by orthopedic surgeons. Club feet, bone tumor and bowed legs – they can all be addressed by orthopedic surgeons.


Both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis can be treated by orthopedic surgeons. In some cases, removing arthritis from inside joints through surgery or reducing inflammation through other treatments can offer relief.

Often your regular physician will refer you to an orthopedic surgeon for an injury or specialized treatment plan. However, if you feel you need a specialist, you can seek an orthopedic surgeon on your own for advice on treating your musculoskeletal issue.

Posted on behalf of:
Ortho Sport and Spine Physicians
5730 Glenridge Drive Northeast #230
Atlanta, GA 30328
(678) 752-7246

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