Orthopedic surgeons treat injuries of the musculoskeletal system, not all of which require surgery. Treatments include anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy and rehabilitation management, and casts or braces. Orthopedic surgeons also perform injections including cortisone, platelet-rich plasma (PRP), and hyaluronic acid (HA).
Further, orthopedists will use diagnostic imaging including X-rays, CT scans, Ultrasound, and MRI scans to facilitate getting the correct and accurate diagnosis. The length of treatment varies depending on the extent of injury to the bone, ligaments, tendons, muscle, or joints. Treatment options and education on your injury are vital to maintaining open communication and a strong doctor patient relationship.