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Orthopedics: what is it and what areas does it specialize in

25 January 2023

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Improving the patient’s quality of life is ABC Medical Center’s main goal, regardless of their condition. Now, considering it is one of the most important units of the Private Foundation, it is appropriate to talk about what orthopedics is.

At ABC Medical Center we have the Orthopedics and Traumatology Center, which specializes in the care of the locomotor system. In this sense, it is important to clarify the following: What is orthopedics and what areas does it focus on?

The definition of orthopedics consists of the medical specialty that deals with the diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of patients who have had injuries or diseases of the musculoskeletal system. It also aims to prevent this type of pathology in people.

What does orthopedics study?

It is important to note that orthopedics is handled from different types of treatments, such as orthopedic surgery, the use of orthotic devices, or body exercises. So, the specialist in this branch of medicine is known as an orthopedist.

Some of the orthopedic specialties that are treated at ABC Medical Center and its Orthopedics and Traumatology Center are: partial and total joint replacement surgery (prostheses), trauma surgery, spine surgery, and sports clinic, among others focused on both adults and children.

What is orthopedics for?

Orthopedics is used to deal with complications or problems of the musculoskeletal system, whether in the bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, or muscles.

Meanwhile, other conditions may occur such as infections or bone deformities, fractures, bone tumors, and even spinal deformities.

If we talk about orthopedics related to joint conditions, the following are listed: arthritis, dislocation, ligament ruptures, joint pain, tendon, or ligament injuries. In short, this set of conditions can be solved under orthopedics and the supervision of the family doctor.

What should I know about dental orthopedics?

Dental orthopedics is one of the dentistry specialties that is responsible for placing fixed or removable appliances to generate stimuli or changes in the area. This branch of medicine is created to eliminate a series of bad habits, such as thumb sucking, lip sucking, and tongue sucking.

On the other hand, it is important to note that the perfect age to place a dental orthopedic treatment is between 4 years and 12 years since they have active growth. While dental cleaning should be performed from the age of 2.

Among the benefits of going to the specialist at the right age are the following:

  • The ideal space is created for the teeth to grow.
  • Bad habits from childhood are corrected.
  • Avoid orthodontic treatment.
  • Reduces respiratory problems.
  • Promotes the correct relationship between the maxilla and mandible.

What should I know about pediatric orthopedics?

ABC Medical Center also has a Pediatric Orthopedics department which is part of its centers and subspecialties. This deals with disorders of the muscles, tendons, joints, growth centers, and the skeletal system of children and adolescents. It is found in pediatric orthopedic surgery.

Most common ailments

It is worth explaining that the pediatric orthopedist puts into practice the clinical, surgical, and rehabilitation treatment of developmental dysplasia of the hip, clubfoot, and angular deformities in the lower extremities. It also treats fractures, dislocations, growth center injuries, as well as sprains caused by trauma.

At ABC Medical Center’s Orthopedics and Traumatology Center, we can provide you with information about orthopedics and other medical subjects. Contact us!

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