When it comes to musculoskeletal conditions, a musculoskeletal specialist is an expert in assessing and treating these disorders. Musculoskeletal specialists are typically physicians who specialize in diagnosing, treating, and managing musculoskeletal issues. These specialists may provide medical treatments or procedures such as physical therapy, rehabilitation, injections, acupuncture, joint replacements, or orthopedic surgery. They can also help with pain management strategies such as lifestyle modifications and medications. Many musculoskeletal specialists are board-certified in their specialty areas.
Orthopedic surgeons specialize in issues related to bones, such as fractures, dislocations, sprains, and strains. They also perform surgery when needed to treat these conditions. Rheumatologists also diagnose and treat soft tissue injuries but frequently have expertise in autoimmune diseases, which can affect any part of the body, including the musculoskeletal system. This type of doctor typically has completed additional training in the diagnosis and treatment of these problems. They are often either orthopedic surgeons or rheumatologists, depending on the extent of their specialty training.