What Do Orthopedic Surgeons Do, and How Can They Help You?

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If you feel that orthopedic surgeons should be approached only when you need surgery, then you’re wrong. There are many things that orthopedic doctors deal with. Have you heard about cervical spondylosis? It has become the most common problem now. Orthopedic surgeons deal with that too and I’ll guide you for it.

When faced with an emergency you simply don’t have time to think about which orthopedic doctor or hospital to approach.

Hence I thought of penning down the pointers to consider while choosing the ‘best orthopedic hospital.

Pointers to Consider While Choosing the ‘Best Orthopedic Hospital in Vadodara’

  • The latest technology available at the hospital
  • Facilities of ICU
  • Post-operative care facilities
  • Physiotherapy facilities
  • Availability of expert surgeons
  • Experience of the orthopedic surgeons
  • Location of the hospital
  • Hours of operation
  • Usage of minimally invasive procedures

You might be wondering, the orthopedic surgeons just deal with -the Fractures; right?

NOPE!!

To add the tag of ‘best orthopedic doctor’ we need to educate ourselves for four more years to specialize in orthopedics. Later on, we need to get hands-on experience to qualify as orthopedic surgeons.

Now think of it, if we just wanted to deal with the fractures then would we require such rigorous study?

An orthopedic surgeon has to help the patients with the following deformities:

  • Hip Related
  • Hip Pain
  • Avascular Necrosis
  • Hip Replacement
  • Arthroscopy
  • Knee Related
  • Knee Osteoarthritis
  • ACL Tear
  • Meniscus Injury
  • Knee Preservation
  • Spine Related
  • Back Pain
  • Disc Prolapse
  • Spondylitis
  • Spinal Fracture
  • Scoliosis
  • Cervical Spondylosis
  • Degenerative Vertebral Disease
  • Joint Replacement
  • Hip
  • Knee
  • Shoulder
  • Elbow
  • Revision of joint replacement
  • Sports Injury
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Fracture Management
  • Pediatric Orthopedics
  • DDH
  • Club Foot
  • Flat Foot
  • Deformity Correction
  • CVT

Now that you know what are the different kinds of deformities that the orthopedic surgeon deals with, you’ll certainly agree that it requires tremendous expertise to do all these things.

The orthopedic surgeon’s job isn’t just limited to fractures or replacement of worn-out parts.  I can explain all the above things in detail to you but a non-medico person will find it difficult to understand.

Instead, I thought of sharing the most faced problem that the youth has to deal with currently and that is ‘cervical spondylosis’

Pandemic has forced us all to work from home. When we work from home we sit in the wrong positions. The most important part is that WFH is not an 8 hours job, you are glued to the screens almost 10 to 12 hours a day. 

Post-Covid- cases of accidental injuries minimized but the cases of cervical spondylitis shoot up. 

For all of the ‘truly devoted hard-working employees,’ I’d like to say that cervical spondylitis is a degenerative disease. Degenerative disease is a disease in which your tissues are worn out. Sorry for being sarcastic, but I have observed it lately, so I couldn’t restrict myself.

Degenerative diseases CANNOT be cured. You should take care now. 

What are the symptoms of cervical spondylosis?

The best part about cervical spondylosis is that you never notice any symptoms. Symptoms are noticed only when they become severe.

People with cervical spondylosis experience pain around:

  • Pain near the shoulders
  • Neck pain
  • Stiff neck
  • Headache
  • Numbness or tingling
It is observed that if you continue to be glued to the screen for a long duration of time in the same position then it leads to the wear and tear of the bones in the neck and causes spondylosis.

Causes of Cervical Spondylosis

As said earlier there is no apparent cause for cervical spondylosis. Age and lifestyle are the main factors that cause this disease. Apart from that, the following factors cause cervical spondylosis.

Bone Spurs: Bone spurs refer to the extra growth of bones that takes place in the body. Such bones put extra pressure on the spinal nerves and that causes pain.

Lack of cushion between spinal discs: Medically it is called ‘dehydrated spinal disks’. It typically occurs when the gel-like material between the disks dries up.

Neck Injury: Severe neck injuries can also lead to cervical spondylosis. 

Weight lifting: If you work in an industry that requires you to lift heavy weights then it can cause a strain on your neck and ultimately cause pain in the neck area. In the long run, this can turn to cervical spondylosis.

How is Cervical Spondylosis Detected?

There are no specific tests to detect cervical spondylosis. However orthopedic doctors can make out whether a person has a problem of cervical spondylosis simply by watching how a person walks.

Although this isn’t the conclusive test, so we ask for some more confirmatory tests like;

  • MRI
  • CT Scan
  • X-Ray
  • EMG

What is the cure for cervical spondylosis?

PREVENTION!!!!!! Yes! You heard it right. There is simply no cure for cervical spondylosis although we can give you medicines to relieve you from the pain. Surgery is often the last option. The best way is to eat healthy food and do exercises of the neck at regular intervals to avoid stiffness of neck and most importantly try to avoid the tasks which put too much pressure on the neck.

Conclusion

I loved discussing with you the pointers for choosing the best orthopedic doctor in Vadodara. This will probably help you to make the correct choice. I work as an Orthopedic surgeon with the Janvi Multispeciality Hospital, Vadodara and have a wide experience in dealing with cases of orthopedic surgeries. Probably this write up will give you a rough idea regarding what diseases we deal with.

Lack of time does not permit me to write in greater detail about ‘cervical spondylosis’ but the links that I have mentioned will surely help you to know more about the disease. I hope this helps you and in case of any need for any spine, hip, knee, or bone-related problems you can definitely reach out to me.

Dr Uday Meghnathi

Orthopedic Surgeon (Janvi Multispeciality Hospital)