Orthopedic surgeons treat problems in the arms, feet, hands, legs, joints or the spine:
- metabolic disturbances
- trauma (broken bones)
They care for children and adults whose musculoskeletal problems began at birth or developed later in life.
Allina Health Orthopedics
Snap Crackle Pop! What’s all that noise in your joints?
Total hip replacement
Total knee replacement
Source: American Board of Medical Specialties; American Medical Association; Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, Lexicon: Dictionary of Health Care Terms, Organizations and Acronyms for the Era of Reform, 1994
Reviewed by: Steven Bergeson, MD, medical director of quality, Allina Health clinics; J Richard Sheely, MD, medical director, Allina Health clinics
First published: 8/1/2004
Last reviewed: 11/6/2012