An orthopaedic surgeon is an expert with extensive training in the proper diagnosis and both non-surgical and surgical treatment of injuries and diseases of the musculoskeletal system. Orthopaedic surgeons are medical doctors who have completed a total of approximately 14 years of formal education. Board-certified orthopaedic surgeons must maintain their certification with continuous, life-long learning and demonstrating their expertise on a regular basis via an oral or written examination. Members of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons are committed not only to treating injuries, but preventing them.
Orthopaedic surgeons treat patients of all ages— from newborns to the elderly. We treat conditions that include sports injuries and joint replacement to fractures and spinal deformity. Orthopaedic surgeons explore nonsurgical options first, such as pain medication or rehabilitation. They also have the expertise to perform surgery to repair an injury or correct a condition, if necessary.