The human body is a complicated contraption that can only function properly when all of its systems are in sync. The musculoskeletal system is one of the most fascinating systems in the human body. This system is in charge of every movement a person does, from raising an arm to more sophisticated tasks like sprinting, jumping, and effectively landing back on our feet. An individual’s range of motion or ability to move at all can be severely limited when something goes wrong with the musculoskeletal system. Individuals should seek orthopaedic care if this occurs. Orthopaedic care can be used to address a variety of musculoskeletal problems in both non-surgical and surgical ways. The following are some of the most prevalent issues that orthopaedic care treats:

• Musculoskeletal trauma

• Sports injuries

• Degenerative diseases

• Infections

• Tumours

• Congenital disorder

Orthopaedic care is intended to treat a wide range of conditions that affect the musculoskeletal system. As a result, there are a variety of approaches to treating ailments that limit a person’s ability to move freely and enjoy a higher quality of life. Orthopaedic care is not just about damaged bones though. This discipline of medicine also focuses significantly and caring for and healing the tendons and ligaments that connect muscle to bone or give stability for joints. To repair damaged tendons in joints or heal ligaments, both intrusive “open” operations can be performed. Orthopaedic care isn’t solely focused on identifying and treating injuries. Individuals who are born with congenital musculoskeletal abnormalities or who develop degenerative diseases can also seek orthopaedic care from a physician. Orthopaedic care is committed to supporting patients who are afflicted with disorders that limit their ability to operate in order to enjoy a full range of motion and live a pain-free life. Older people with significant degradation of a major joint, such as the knee or hip, can now have their complete knee or hip joint replaced to return to a life of mobility and pain-free movement. The most significant advancements in orthopaedic care have typically occurred on battlefields throughout history.

The writer is Director- Operations, Porvoo Transition Care.