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Orthopedic medicine is the care of the musculoskeletal system. This system of bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles and nerves makes it possible for your body to move.

An orthopedic specialist can be a doctor or a physician assistant (PA) who fixes injuries, such as broken bones, torn ligaments, separated shoulders, sprained ankles or strained muscles.

Other health problems treated by orthopedic specialists include:




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Source: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

First published: 04/22/2007
Last updated: 05/12/2014

Reviewed by: Steven Bergeson, MD, medical director of care, Allina Health clinics; J Richard Sheely, MD, site lead, Allina Health Burnsville Clinic