Orthopaedic Surgeons specialize in the care of the musculoskeletal system which includes bones, joints, ligaments, and tendons of the neck, back, pelvis, arms, and legs. Conditions treated by Orthopaedic Surgeons include fractures, dislocations, and sprains, degenerative and rheumatic arthritis, deformity, overuse syndromes such as tendinitis and instability, and spine problems such as sciatica, disc disease, and spinal stenosis.
To become an Orthopaedic Surgeon requires 4 years of medical school followed by 5 years of residency. Many Orthopaedic Surgeons undertake an additional year of training, called a fellowship, to gain a more in-depth knowledge of a particular branch of Orthopaedics. While most Orthopaedic Surgeons take care of all Orthopaedic problems, some focus on the subspecialty for which they undertook fellowship training. Greater Pittsburgh Orthopaedic Associates provides subspecialty care in Hip & Knee Arthritis, Sports Medicine, Shoulder Surgery, Spine Surgery, Hand Surgery, and Foot and & Ankle Surgery, in addition to General Orthopaedics.