Orthopedist Frequently Asked Questions
Medically reviewed by Craig Tifford, MD – Written by Megan Lentz and Megan Severs
What is an orthopedist?
An orthopedic surgeon, or orthopedist, is a physician that diagnoses and treats injuries of the musculoskeletal system. They use both nonsurgical and surgical treatments to manage disorders related to bones, joints, muscles, tendons, and ligaments.
Orthopedic surgeons treat a wide variety of conditions, including:
Orthopedic surgeons treat a number of conditions related to bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and joints. The following are examples of some of the more common conditions they can diagnose and treat:
Some questions that you may want to ask an orthopedic surgeon during your appointment include:
- Will I need physical therapy?
- Are there other nonsurgical treatment options available for my condition?
- Am I a candidate for surgery? Why or why not?
- If I do need surgery, how long will recovery take?
- Will my condition continue to get worse? Are there things I can do to slow the progression?
- Are there any exercises or activities that I can do, or ones I should avoid?