Answers for Scottsdale, Arizona patients seeking an orthopedic doctor

If you’ve been recommended to see an orthopedic doctor for the treatment of chronic symptoms related to a spine condition, there’s a good chance you have a lot of questions. These questions may include what an orthopedic physician specializes in, how one can help you and where you can find one that’s a good match for your needs. This article is designed to answer some of the questions that you might have, starting with the most basic.

What is an orthopedic doctor?

An orthopedic doctor is a physician who specializes in the musculoskeletal system of the body. Included within this system are the bones, joints, tendons and nerves that support the body and allow for basic movement. In order to treat this large percentage of the body, orthopedic physicians have an educational background similar to many other physicians — a college education, followed by medical school and a residency, where they focus on conditions affecting the musculoskeletal system. Some will also seek additional specialized education for a particular area, such as degenerative spine conditions.

What kinds of conditions can an orthopedic doctor treat?

Due to the many conditions that can affect the musculoskeletal system, an orthopedic doctor can address a wide range of issues. For example, he or she could help a patient with a traumatic knee injury sustained while playing a sport or provide assistance to someone who has gradually developed age-related arthritis of the spine. Other spine conditions treated by an orthopedic doctor include:

  • Bulging discs
  • Herniated discs
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Bone spurs
  • Facet syndrome
  • Spondylolisthesis

Laser Spine Institute

If you have been seeing an orthopedic doctor for the treatment of a painful degenerative spine condition and have not found relief through a course of conservative, nonsurgical treatments, contact Laser Spine Institute. Our team of board-certified surgeons+ perform minimally invasive spine surgery at our outpatient centers across the United States, including our state-of-the-art facility in Scottsdale.

Learn more by reaching out to our dedicated team today. We’re happy to offer a no-cost MRI review* to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures.