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What is the difference between the orthopedist and a physiatrist?

What is the difference between the orthopedist and a physiatrist?

Non-surgery vs. surg: Both treat similar conditions (musculoskeletal injuries) but orthopedists have the additional training to provide surgery as a treatment option, whereas physiatrists do not do surgery. Many orthopedists and physiatrists work in the same office. ...Read more

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Hello, having lower back pain, especially when i'm laying down. Had physical therapy for 8 weeks. No relief, almost feels worse. Wondering if I should see a Physiatrist or an Orthopedic Surgeon?? Thanks!!

Hello, having lower back pain, especially when i'm laying down.  Had physical therapy for 8 weeks.  No relief, almost feels worse.   Wondering if I should see a Physiatrist or an Orthopedic Surgeon??  Thanks!!

Either answer good: A physiatrist makes the most sense first. Either provider would be good though. So many people improve with PT, that was a good place to start, now more evaluation is needed. ...Read more

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What is the difference between an orthopedist and an osteopathic. I have a hurt tailbone?

What is the difference between an orthopedist and an osteopathic. I have a hurt tailbone?

VeryDifferent Issues: Look up to terms on Google. Orthopedic refers to bones. In contrast, the allopathic approach (MDs) promotes aggressive correction of body abnormalities (as fast as likely to be beneficial) as the better approach vs. the osteopathic approach (DOs) promotes minimal, homeopathic, cautious, incremental changes to body issues/abnormalities as the better approach. Today, MDs/DOs often behave similarly. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between an orthopedist and a spine surgeon and what is the difference?

Is there a difference between an orthopedist and a spine surgeon and what is the difference?

Specialty trained: A spine surgeon has training in either neurosurgery or orthopedics. A neurosurgeon will have trained in brain and spine for about 7 years (70% spine). An orthopedic spine surgeon generally has had spine fellowship training in addition to training they received in residency. Both specialty backgrounds can be excellent. What really matters is their experience and outcomes. ...Read more

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Please tell me if there is a difference between an orthopedist and a spine surgeon?

Please tell me if there is a difference between an orthopedist and a spine surgeon?

Specialist: A spine surgeon is an orthopedist who specializes in spine surgery. Orthopedist is a general term for a doctor specializing in bone and muscle problems. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a physiatrist and a physiotherapist?

What is the difference between a physiatrist and a physiotherapist?

MD vs PT: A physiatrist is a medical doctor/physician who specializes in rehab medicine. The physiatrist went to 4 years of medical school followed by an additional 4 years of specialized training in physical medicine and rehabilitation. A physiotherapist, also known as a physical therapist, is not a medical doctor. They may have a phd, thus are "doctors", but they are not ever physicians. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a counselor, a therapist, a physiatrist and a physiologist?

What is the difference between a counselor, a therapist, a physiatrist and a physiologist?

Too broad for format: There are many different types of counselors, therapists, physiatrists and physiologists based on their area of expertise and university degrees. I advise you look up each definition and write it down. Think about the descriptions. Then come up with a more precise question. Ask yourself what am I trying to ask? ...Read more

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What is the difference between neurosurgeons and orthopedic spine surgeons?

Plenty: Neuro surgeons do a 7 yaer residency in neurologic surgery intracranial neck and spine orthopedic spine does a five year residency orthopedics bone and joint surgery followed by a one year fellowship training in spine surgery. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a neurospine surgeon and an orthopedic spine surgeon? They both give injections. I have a cyst on my t-6. Whom should I see?

What is the difference between a neurospine surgeon and an orthopedic spine surgeon? They both give injections. I have a cyst on my t-6. Whom should I see?

Both are ok: Both neurosurgeons and fellowship trained orthopaedic surgeons treat spinal disorders. It is worth your time to learn about your surgeon before considering surgery. Hopefully, your primary care doctor can help to point you in the right direction. The most important thing to do is to make sure that the surgeon you choose has expertise in treating your problem. Check out healthgrades.Com. ...Read more

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What is the difference between an orthopedic doctor and a physical therapist?

What is the difference between an orthopedic doctor and a physical therapist?

Only one is a doctor: An orthopaedic surgeon is a doctor, has completed 5 years of residency training, after medical school. Some orthopaedic surgeons complete fellowships in specific areas of orthopaedics which may take a year or more to complete. That's at least 9 years of training after undergrad, most of which is focused on musculoskeletal care. We right the orders for treatment and the therapist do the treatment. ...Read more

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