How many surgeons, doctors, nurses, technicians and others does it take to provide complete orthopedic care?
Orthopedists/ orthopedic surgeons
"Orthopedics is the medical specialty that focuses on injuries and diseases of your body's musculoskeletal system," according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
Pediatric orthopedic surgeonsParents may turn to pediatric orthopedic surgeons, who specialize in treating children.
Musculoskeletal radiologistsIt's not just about X-rays. Clear, high-resolution images of ailing joints – hips, knees, ankles, feet, shoulders, elbows, wrists or hands – are important diagnostic tools for the orthopedic team.
Joint and muscle pain span medical specialities. It's not always clear whether you should see an orthopedist or a rheumatologist, a specialist who diagnoses and treats joint, connective tissue, and soft tissue illnesses.
Plaster or synthetic casts must be correctly put and fitted to heal. According to the National Association of Orthopaedic Technologists, an orthopaedic tech can fit walkers, crutches, and canes.
Child life specialistsFor a child having a serious orthopedic procedure such as spinal fusion surgery to treat scoliosis, the preoperative and in-hospital recovery periods can be painful, anxious and tedious.
Orthopedic nursesBefore you even check into the hospital for a joint replacement or other procedure, orthopedic nurses are on the case.