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Three Essential Questions About Orthopedic Surgery, Answered
orthopedic surgeryYou've probably heard the phrase "orthopedic surgery" thrown around quite a bit, and for good reason: in the U.S. alone, experts estimate that around 51.2 million Americans have been diagnosed with medical conditions like arthritis, gout, and fibromyalgia; many people suffering from these conditions seek help from orthopedic surgeons and therapists.

But if you're like the majority of Americans today, you're probably still not too sure what orthopedic surgery is; maybe you even suffer from one of the conditions listed above, and you're looking for ways to alleviate your pain effectively and safely -- and you happened to end up here.

Luckily, there are plenty of people, just like you, who are looking for answers. So, with that in mind, here are some of the most common questions that people ask about orthopedics:
    What is an orthopedic surgeon? 
    This is a doctor who has received years of training -- usually for at least a decade or longer -- and focuses on medical problems that impact the musculoskeletal system (which includes bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and cartilage). These medical experts focus on everything from prevention of injuries to treating and monitoring the rehabilitation of broken bones or inflamed joints.

    How do you know when to consult an orthopedist?
     Typically, patients are referred to an orthopedic surgeon by their primary care physician, and this usually happens after other non-invasive treatments have been tried. However, patients who suffer from chronic pain conditions or inflammatory conditions -- and about 1.5 billion people across the world do, in fact -- these patients may already know the symptoms of a flare-up and know when to contact a doctor.

    Is surgery always required?
     No, but in many cases, these are the best options for treating injuries involving bones, joints, or muscle damage. Orthopedic knee surgery and orthopedic shoulder surgery are some of the most common procedures performed by orthopedic surgeons, but you've probably also heard many people talking about needing a hip replacement, or are even looking for treatment after tearing an Achilles' tendon. Regardless of the exact issue at hand, orthopedic surgery today uses incredibly advanced techniques that make the surgery safe and affordable.
The fact is, you don't have to be scared to visit an orthopedic surgeon, and you should never feel like you're alone throughout the treatment process. About 75% of Americans develop foot problems at some point in their lives, 25% of Americans develop severe hip pain from arthritis, and as many as 31 million Americans are currently dealing with lower back pain. You're far from alone, and any questions you have about orthopedic surgery or rehabilitation are valuable -- so we'd love to hear from you and answer any questions you still have.

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