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Orthopedics is a medical specialty that deals with the diagnosis, treatment, and Prevention of diseases and injuries that affect bones, joints, tendons, ligaments, and others. What is orthopedics medicine? And what services does it provide?

What is meant by orthopedics?

Orthopedics is a medical specialty that aims to assess and treat any health problems affecting the musculoskeletal system, which includes bones, muscles, joints, tendons, ligaments, and any other tissues that are important to support the body and help it move and stabilize.

What services does the orthopedics department provide?

The orthopedics branch offers many services, it is useful for all individuals suffering from problems of the musculoskeletal system that may occur from birth, as a result of injury, or advancing age.

Among the common diseases treated by this specialty are both of the following:

  • Joint injuries and problems such as: arthritis and joint pain.
  • Bone fractures.
  • Injuries of muscles, ligaments, tendons.
  • Back pain.
  • Neck pain.
  • Shoulder problems, such as: bursitis and shoulder pain.
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • Injuries resulting from overuse or exercise, such as sprains, tendonitis, meniscus rupture, or cruciate ligament rupture.
  • Some congenital problems such as: clubfoot or scoliosis.
  • Bone cancer.

What is the importance of orthopedic surgery?

Orthopedic surgery specialization has many benefits, we explain them as follows:

  • Diagnosis and treatment of any disease or injury of the musculoskeletal system.
  • Assistance in the rehabilitation of muscles, bones and joints, which improves the individual's ability to move and increases his flexibility after suffering an injury or undergoing surgery.
  • Alleviating the symptoms and complications caused by some chronic health problems in the skeletal system such as arthritis.

What to expect when you visit the orthopedics department?

When you visit the orthopedics department, expect the following:

Diagnose your condition

The specialist orthopedist diagnoses your condition by following the following steps:

  • Ask you about the symptoms you are experiencing.
  • Review your medical history to find out any information about your general health and any diseases you have previously suffered.
  • Conduct a physical examination.
  • Discuss any X-rays you have taken before reviewing the section.
  • Ordering a set of diagnostic tests, such as:
  1. Magnetic resonance imaging.
  2. Computerized tomography.
  3. Picture of bones.
  4. Ultrasound.
  5. Blood tests.
  6. Neurological examinations and analyzes.
Conducting some procedures in the clinic

These procedures include the following:

  • Give an injection directly into the Joint, such as a cortisone injection to relieve inflammation.
  • Treatment of fractures and severe injuries that require fixation of bones and joints using splints, gypsum or others.
Choosing the right treatment

So in case you suffer from a chronic problem of the musculoskeletal system, the available options include:

  • Painkillers and anti-inflammatories.
  • Physiotherapy and rehabilitation.
  • A program for doing some home exercises.
  • Injections.
  • Walking assistance devices.
  • Surgical operations in case the previous options failed.

What operations are performed in the Department of orthopedics?

Examples of operations performed in the Department of orthopedics and spine surgery are the following:

  • Joint replacement surgery: such as knee or hip replacement when suffering from arthritis.
  • Internal fixation: using nails or plates to fix broken bones or joints during the recovery period.
  • Orthopedic fusion surgery: the fusion of the vertebrae of the spine to solve the disc problem.
  • Osteotomy surgery: which involves cutting off a specific part of the bone and reconnecting it again, and this type of surgery treats arthritis.
  • Soft tissue repair surgery: this option involves repairing severely damaged muscles, ligaments and tendons.
  • Tendon or nerve release surgery: this option is used in the treatment and relief of symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome.

When to check orthopedic clinics?

See orthopedic surgery clinics in the following cases:

  • Feeling pain, stiffness, or discomfort in bones, muscles, and joints that affects your ability to perform daily activities.
  • Chronic and persistent pain.
  • Inability to walk or stand.
  • The symptoms of the injury suffered in the ligaments and tendons have not improved within 48 hours.

Find out about the orthopedics services at Dr. Soliman Fakeeh Hospital, a leading Center for the assessment and treatment of all orthopedic problems, in this section we help you to find out your problem early and recover from it faster.