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.
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