Orthopedics is a branch of medicine that deals with disabilities of the bones and muscles and their connected tissues. The word orthopedics is spelled orthopaedics too. Doctors who perform orthopedics are called orthopedists or orthopedic surgeons. They treat a large range of medical troubles such as; breaks, injuries to tendons and ligaments (parts of a joint that hold it together), and misshapenness of the limbs and spine.
offer care for patients who vary from infants to seniors.
A few orthopedic disabilities occur when people are born, others
happen during childhood because of problems with growth or in later life
as a result of getting older. Yet,
others are caused by injury or illness.
Citizens who are injured in car crashes and physical or
recreational activities make up a large number of the patients taken care
of by the orthopedists.
While treating orthopedic problems, orthopedists give the patient medicines, surgery, or physical therapy. For example, an orthopedist might give the patient surgery to fix a fracture or abnormality. Afterwards, the orthopedist might put on a cast or brace and prescribe physical therapy (exercise) to help it heal faster. Another type of therapy could be heat, or ice, or a device that applies electric current to help the bone heal. An orthopedist also may perform surgery to take out an injured joint, and replace it with a fake one made of plastic, metal, or different material. Joints that are usually replaced are the hip joint, the knee, the shoulder, and the joints in the hands and feet.
you want to prevent having things like these happen to you, then be sure
Wear a helmet when riding your bike, roller blades, etc.
Wear pads and/or a mouth guard when playing sports that are like football
or soccer (hard ball, pushing and shoving, etc.)
Exercise a lot so that your bones stay strong
Wear your seat belt in the car.
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