If you have questions about Orthopedic medicine, procedures or surgeries, chances are we have fielded them before. Provided below we have included some of the most commonly asked questions about orthopedics. If you don't see your question answered below, please feel free to schedule an appointment with Dr. McGraw today.

Orthopedic FAQ

Q: What is Orthopedics?
A: Orthopedics is a field of medicine concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of conditions and injuries of the muscles, joints, bones, tendons, ligaments, and nerves. A doctor who specializes in this field is referred to as an orthopedic surgeon.

Q: When are the best times to use ice or heat on my injury?
A: Generally, if you have hurt yourself within the last 24-48 hours, especially if there are still signs of swelling, this would be best suited for ice, which can reduce swelling and soothe/numb the area. However, if you are dealing with chronic muscle aches and pains, you will find that applying heat to the affected area can increase blood flow, which can aid in pain reduction.

Q: What sort of education do Orthopedic Surgeons receive?
A: Becoming an orthopedic surgeon requires thirteen years of formal college education and medical training:

  • Undergraduate: Four years of education at a college/university
  • Medical School: Four years of education at a medical college/university
  • Orthopedic Residency: Five years of education at a major medical institution to hone their specialized skills in orthopedics

Q: What is arthritis?
A: If you dissect the word arthritis into its root words "arth" (joint) + "itis" (inflammation) it can be simply defined as "joint inflammation," however, more specifically, arthritis refers to a collection of over a hundred rheumatic diseases which cause stiffness, swelling, and pain in the joints.

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