You may have seen the root word “ortho” before. There’s orthodontist, orthodox and even orthopedic! “Ortho” is a Greek root word that means “straight.” So while an orthodontist straightens teeth, an orthopedic surgeon specializes in the care and maintenance of the skeletal system to correct and “straighten” misalignments.
One common disease that the orthopedic surgeons at Arizona Bone and Joint Specialists treat is arthritis. Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are the most common in the United States. When someone has arthritis, they typically experience pain and inflammation from their joints rubbing together.
The physicians at Arizona Bone and Joint Specialists are expertly trained in the diagnosis and treatment of arthritis. Once you’ve been diagnosed with arthritis, they determine the best treatment option for you, ranging from corticosteroid injections to surgery that may reduce your pain symptoms.
Many of our physicians on staff also specialize in sports medicine. Dr. Tindall, Dr. Bruns, Dr. Martin and Dr. Shafer all have extensive educational backgrounds and experience in treating sport-related injuries – including those of the Arizona Coyotes and high school teams across the Valley.
Someone with a sports injury may need to see an orthopedic surgeon if they tear their Achilles tendon or meniscus, have shin splints, or have a number of other injuries that can be found on our website.
Our physical therapists are also on staff to help with injuries that do not need surgery. In addition to sports injuries, many of them specialize in rehabilitation after surgery.
A bone doctor doesn’t just straighten out your bones; they help alleviate pain surrounding joints and tissues. One way your orthopedic surgeon accomplishes this is through an orthopedic evaluation. At your appointment, your physician will ask you specific questions about your pain. An orthopedic evaluation is the first step in the diagnosis and treatment of your pain. This is a perfect time to ask your physician any other questions about orthopedic surgery you may have.
Arizona Bone and Joint Specialists is located in Scottsdale and Phoenix, Arizona and have convenient onsite services including physical therapy and imaging. For more information, make an appointment by calling the Scottsdale office at 602-493-9361 or the Phoenix office at 602-863-2040
The advice and information contained in this article is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.