An Orthopedic Surgeon Treats Conditions of the Musculoskeletal System

An orthopedic surgeon treats the musculoskeletal system through surgery, medicine and physical therapy. They focus on a number of problems such as injuries, tumors, trauma, congenital deformities, infections and more. Many of these surgeons specialize in areas such as sports medicine, pediatric medicine, hand surgery, spine surgery, and more. An orthopedic surgeon will work closely with family doctors, private hospitals, university hospitals, sports clinics and other medical areas. These are doctors who must have an undergraduate degree, a medical degree and extension time in residency. In order to be board certified with the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, these surgeons must complete the residency requirements, practice in the field for two years and then pass written and oral exams. Maintaining board certification is also required for most. If you have a musculoskeletal condition and you are referred to a surgeon who specializes in orthopedics, you know that you are in the hands of a qualified physician.