Orthopedic medicine includes a variety of subspecialties. Surgeons may have advanced training in a particular area of care, such as sports medicine, specific types of joint replacement or pediatric orthopedics, for example.
Depending on your specific injury or needs, you may want to find a surgeon who specializes in the type of care you need. It’s important to remember, however, that many orthopedic conditions do not require subspeciality care.
“As orthopedic surgeons, we are all trained to identify musculoskeletal conditions or abnormal findings. regardless of specialty,” says Dr. Woodbury. “So whichever provider you go to, we can help you identify issues or problems and refer you to subspeciality care if needed.”