What Is Orthopedics … and How Can It Help Me?
The word orthós in Greek originally meant straight, upright or correct, and that’s exactly what orthopedics does: It treats imperfections that decrease mobility to lessen pain and improve range of movement. Specifically, orthopedics is the branch of medicine that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of disorders and injuries that affect the muscles, tendons, joints, bones and ligaments, keeping your limbs and hips functioning properly.
It often involves procedures like:
- Joint replacement (shoulders, hips, knees)
- Fracture care
- Hand/upper extremity care
- Foot/ankle care
- Knee surgery
These procedures and others ensure that your arms, legs and hips work correctly in order to give you the best mobility possible.
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