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Pain is a normal part of life, but suffering from chronic pain or intense pain from an injury is something you should get treated. There are many options for treating pain, but not all of them are as effective as others. One way many people effectively treat their pain is with orthopedic surgery.

What is orthopedic surgery?

Orthopedic surgery is a type of surgery that is used to treat injuries and conditions that affect your musculoskeletal system. The musculoskeletal system includes your bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons and cartilage. Each of these is prone to a variety of injuries and chronic conditions that cause pain, stiffness and other debilitating symptoms. When one part of your musculoskeletal system suffers, it can be difficult to accomplish many daily tasks that you take for granted when you’re healthy.

Doctors usually try to treat injuries and chronic conditions with conservative treatments like medication and physical therapy. However, these treatments are not always effective, which leaves surgery as the best option for treatment in those cases.

While surgery comes with a risk of complications like infection and blood loss, the frequency of these complications is rare. Orthopedic surgeons use minimally invasive techniques whenever possible to minimize the risks of complications. Minimally invasive techniques also help reduce pain and shorten your recovery period since they use smaller incisions than those required in open surgery.

What are other orthopedic treatments?

Many orthopedic surgery centers offer other treatments besides surgery. When physical therapy and medication alone aren’t effective enough but surgery may still be too much, your doctor may recommend one of these other orthopedic treatments:

  • Chiropractic care — Doctors of chiropractic are orthopedic specialists who treat spine and joint pain with hands-on adjustments. These adjustments help reduce pain and improve your range of motion, which is helpful in treating a variety of conditions and helping you recover from an injury or from surgery.
  • Interventional care — Interventional care includes very minimally invasive procedures that are used to reduce pain at the site of affliction. In many interventional care procedures, doctors will deliver medication directly to the injured or painful area via an injection. 

Visit an orthopedic surgery center at the Florida Spine and Joint Institute

The Florida Spine and Joint Institute has several clinics across the state of Florida and now in Tennessee. Many of our facilities offer orthopedic surgery and other orthopedic specialties. If you’re tired of suffering from pain, talk to our team to find out how we can help you. Contact us today for more information about orthopedic surgery or to schedule an initial appointment.