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A 37-year-old member asked:

What's the difference between an ortopedic doctor and a orthopedic surgeon?

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Dr. Kirt Kimball
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Surgeon: I suspect "ortopedic" is a typo. That being the case, an orthopedic surgeon one would assume completed a surgical residency program and hopefully is certified by the american board of orthopedic surgery. Many others call themselves orthopedic doctors including some primary care doctors, chiropractors, and physical therapists with a doctorate degree. Check the board status.
Dr. Gregory Harvey
Orthopedic Surgery 38 years experience
Orthopedist: This is just semantics. 99% of orthopedists perform surgery therefore they are orthopedic surgeons. The term orthopedic doctor is just a colloquial name.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

What are the differences between an orthopedic doctor and an orthopedic surgeon?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Gregory Harvey
Orthopedic Surgery 38 years experience
Orthopedists: They are essentially the same doctors. However, there are a few orthopedic doctors who do not perform surgery anymore.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Is there difference between an sports medicine doctor and orthopedic surgeon?

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Dr. Bruce Prager
Sports Medicine 42 years experience
Sports Med v Ortho: A sports med doctor does not have to be an orthopedic surgeon. Anyone can put that name on their door, even a chiropractor. An orthopedic surgeon goes through a 5 year residency and most of us have also done a fellowship. I did a one year sports medicine fellowship after my residency. Be wary of titles.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Hello doctors, what does an orthopedic surgeon do?

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Dr. Tariq Niazi
Orthopedic Surgery 43 years experience
We deal with Bones,: Muscles, ligaments, tendons, nerves, joints. If some one has a broken bone, we treat them, arthritis of joints are treated with meds or joint replacement surgery; repairing nerves, tendons, ligaments (like the acl). Spine problems are corrected or treated as well.

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