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

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Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Robert Coats II
Dr. Robert Coats II
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Dr. Pietro Seni
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: One is a DR

Orthopaedic surgeon perforn surgeries of the musculoskeletal system including spine.
A physical therapist is not a physician however is trained to do reha of the musculoskeletal system, do not do surgeries.

In brief: One is a DR

Orthopaedic surgeon perforn surgeries of the musculoskeletal system including spine.
A physical therapist is not a physician however is trained to do reha of the musculoskeletal system, do not do surgeries.
Dr. Pietro Seni
Dr. Pietro Seni
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