3 Things to Know About Orthopedics
The field of orthopedic medicine is one of the most rapidly growing in all of medicine, with more and more patients addressing their orthopedic needs than ever before. As the field is growing rapidly, and every year more patients are realizing the benefits of starting with a specialist for treatment of their muscle, joint, bone and ligament injuries – those patients are also finally able to understand that the benefits of understanding the field of orthopedics are drastically better than simply going into their procedures bling and without much knowledge for the “craft” itself. And according to Dr. Vikas Varma, one of the best orthopedics Manhattan has to offer, and his team at Manhattan Orthopedics, there have been so many new people visiting such orthopedics clinics each year, we often find ourselves speaking with patients and family members who aren’t familiar with our field. They often are asking, “What does orthopedics mean?” They don’t know what orthopedics actually even is,nor do they even fully understand everything that an orthopedic doctor such as Dr. Varma, one of the best orthopedics Manhattan has in practice, even does – especially on a day to day basis. We want our patients and their families to feel empowered and knowledgeable about their care, and that starts by knowing more about our field. And in order to better educate our patients and all patients, we believe that a high level of transparency is vital. Below are just a few of the most important things the team at Manhattan Orthopedics, believes everyone should know about orthopedics.
· Orthopedic Medicine Began as Care for Children
Whenever we hear the term orthopedics, as it is used in contemporary terms, we generally have one connotation, as in the care of bones and things in that similar vein. However, when we hear the Greek term, which in essence means the same thing in modern day language, “orthopaedics” – it can become a slight bit confusing, depending on who you are asking. To make it as simple as possible, when we are discussing the origin of the term orthopedics, we must discuss the Greek term “orthopaedics” as well. According to Dr. Varma, one of the best orthopedics Manhattan has in practice, this term has a specific meaning when it is directly translated from one language to another. When we break it down to Greek words, it goes as follows – ortho (straight) and pais (child). Early orthopedic medicine focused on treating children with spine, limb and other bone-related birth abnormalities. Today, modern orthopedic doctors continue to treat children, but the specialty has evolved significantly to encompass treating patients of all ages for a wide variety of injuries and conditions.
· Orthopedic Doctors Can Specialize in One Area or Many
The important thing, and probably one of the most important things to realize when you are deciding upon choosing the right orthopedic doctor, according to the team at Manhattan Orthopedics is that you decide whether you would like someone who might specialize in the issue you think you have, or if you would like a general doctor who can help you regardless of what your orthopedic issues might be. There is no requirement for orthopedic doctors to specialize in treating one part of the body. Rather, it just comes down to each doctor’s personal preference. Some doctors want to build their expertise in one area of the body while others prefer to treat a diverse group of patients and a wide range of musculoskeletal injuries and conditions. According to stats:
o 32 percent of orthopedic surgeons designate themselves as “general orthopedic surgeons”
o 37 percent designate themselves “general orthopedic surgeons with specialty interest”
o 31 percent designate themselves “specialists within orthopedic surgery”
· Orthopedics is About More Than Just Surgery
It’s true, while the most common types of treatment or specific situations in which we discuss orthopedic medicine doctors is certainly when surgery is involved, however, their jobs include a lot more than just that. Orthopedic practices primarily are recognized for their surgical expertise, performing well-known procedures such as ACL surgery, total hip replacement and rotator cuff repair. However, surgery is just one of many different ways orthopedic specialty clinics like Manhattan Orthopedics are able to help patients. One of the most interesting aspects is that at Orthopedic Urgent Care clinics for sudden injuries, physical therapy teams for rehabilitation and nonsurgical treatments, Sports Performance programs for athletes who want access to world-class training techniques and equipment, and so much more.Orthopedic clinics are designed to help patients get back to living healthy, happy lives, and there are many ways to accomplish that goal.
For more information on Orthopedic medicine and more, be sure to contact Manhattan Orthopedics today.