Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital

Orthopaedic Treatment Team

The Orthopaedic Treatment Team

What is orthopaedics?

The word orthopaedic, sometimes spelled orthopedic, comes from two Greek words:

Orthopaedic surgery is the branch of medicine concerned with diseases, injuries, and conditions of the musculoskeletal system relating to the body's muscles and skeleton, and including the joints, ligaments, tendons, and nerves.

Who treats orthopaedic conditions?

Orthopaedic conditions may be treated by your doctor and/or other medical specialists and health care providers. Several doctors from different medical specialties may be involved in the treatment at the same time. This multidisciplinary team approach is particularly important in managing the symptoms of an orthopaedic condition, especially as many symptoms are chronic and change in severity over time. Some of the more common medical professionals involved in the treatment of orthopaedic conditions may include the following:

Depending on the specific condition involved, other doctors and health care professionals may be involved in treating orthopaedic conditions. For example, a neurologist or neurosurgeon may assist in treating problems involving the spine because of involvement of the spinal cord. Occupational therapists may be involved in treating conditions that require rehabilitation. Occupational therapists often work in conjunction with physical therapists.


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