An orthopedic surgeon is first and foremost a medical doctor who helps patients get better. Most of the time that doesn't mean actually having surgery. The doctors at Coastal Ortho estimate that for every patient who comes to them with orthopedic problems, less than 1 in 10* will actually have surgery. So what happens to the rest?
Physical therapy, rest, ice, anti-inflammatory medications, changing habits, injection therapy, and stretching are among the most common prescriptions for our patients. It's only when a combination of these more conservative treatments fail that surgery may be suggested. But the simple fact is that most people get better without it.
*Estimate only. Does not include patients who are referred for a surgical consultation, meaning that another doctor has already determined, and that the Coastal Ortho surgeon agrees, that the patient needs a highly trained, expert orthopedic surgeon in order to get the best outcome.