Orthopedic Surgeons – Historically and Now

When some people hear “orthopedic” they mistakenly think foot, or perhaps something to do solely with kids.  The truth is that an orthopedic specialist actually deals with the musculoskeletal system of our bodies.  That means they deal with the parts of our bodies where muscles and bones work together, for example, in making movement.  In addition to movement the musculoskeletal system provides form, support, and stability to the body.

So, where did the word “orthopedic” come from?  Actually, it comes from two Greek words: “orthos” meaning “correct” or “straight,” and “paideion” meaning “child.”  Interestingly, the orthopedic study began as the art of correcting and preventing deformities in children.  That was back in 1741.

Today, orthopedic surgeons treat things like sports injuries, degenerative diseases, infections, tumors and congenital disorders in patients of all ages.  And, just because they are surgeons doesn’t mean they always treat musculoskeletal trauma with surgery.  They also use nonsurgical means.

Orthopedic surgeons can be found in hospitals or emergency rooms, or their own private practice. They usually work hand-in-hand with plastic surgeons, podiatrists, pediatricians, and family practitioners. If you are in need of an orthopedic surgeon you will, most likely, be referred to one by your general practitioner.

And then your next best step is to be sure the professional orthopedic surgeon you choose is one who understands your needs specifically and will apply your personal preferences in the method of treatment.  At Mountain View Hospital, in Utah County, you will find just such orthopedic surgeons and orthopedic services.  These services include joint care, hip replacement, knee replacement, joint replacement and emergency care.

Knowing your care is in the hands of professional and caring surgeons and medical doctors is one necessary reprieve in the complex treatment and healing process.

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