The orthopedic team at Advanced Bone & Joint has expanded to another location in Wentzville, adding to our locations in St. Peters and O’Fallon. Some of our clients in St. Charles County have requested that we have a location closer to them, so we have happily obliged.
Let’s talk about what an orthopedic surgeon is, what this type of doctor can do for you, and how we can provide long-term solutions for your musculoskeletal injury and joint pain right here in Wentzville, Missouri.
What Does an Orthopedic Surgeon Do?
Despite being a surgeon, this type of physician does much more than just performing surgery. An orthopedic doctor is highly trained in everything from sports medicine to joint repair surgery, from arthritis and joint pain to carpal tunnel syndrome. Orthopedics specifically refers to the bones and muscles (the musculoskeletal system), but an orthopedist can also address correlating sports injuries such as concussions.
What Are the Nonsurgical Treatments in Orthopedics?
An orthopedic surgeon can give you long-lasting relief from chronic joint pain through a number of methods. If you want to avoid surgery or you cannot have surgery due to an underlying health condition, your orthopedist can give you a pain-relief injection treatment, including the following:
- Nerve blocks
- Facet joint injections (in the spine)
- Trigger-point injections (a sore spot in the muscle)
- Epidural steroid injections
Your orthopedic doctor may also recommend that you engage in physical therapy to help strengthen the supporting muscles in a painful area, as this usually helps to relieve pain by lessening the pressure on a joint. This doctor will work with your physical therapist to develop exercises and stretches that will help to alleviate your pain naturally.
Your orthopedist may also prescribe medication, but modern doctors try to rely less and less on medication and more on facilitating your own body’s healing powers. After all, your body knows how to heal itself when you suffer a minor injury – and your orthopedic surgeon can offer ways to help foster this capability within your own system.
Educational Requirements of an Orthopedic Surgeon
After completing college, an orthopedic surgeon must complete four years of medical school and then participate in advanced training – namely, five years in a residency program, and this is usually followed by a fellowship. A fellowship is in-depth medical training in a particular specialty. Note: A doctor is called an “intern” when they are in their first year after finishing medical school.
Experienced Orthopedic Surgeon in Wentzville, MO
If you are looking for a skilled physician who can help you find lasting pain relief for your arthritis or from an old injury, or if you need an orthopedic surgeon to perform a knee replacement, hip replacement, or another type of joint replacement surgery, the medical team at Advanced Bone & Joint is here for you. Thanks to advancements in modern medicine, people are healing more quickly from a severe sports injury and are enjoying a practically pain-free lifestyle despite arthritis.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment with one of our outstanding orthopedic surgeons, contact our friendly staff today by calling us at (636) 229-4222 or by filling out our easy-to-use appointment request form online now. We have offices conveniently located in Wentzville, O’Fallon, and St. Peters, and we look forward to seeing you!