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​​​​ Orthopaedics is the medical specialty that focuses on injuries and diseases of your body's bones and joints, including the ligaments, tendons, muscles, vertebral discs and nerves that support those joints and allow you to move.  


At The Christ Hospital, our orthopaedic surgeons are highly specialized, focusing on either spine conditions or upper and lower extremities, such as the shoulders, elbows, hips, knees and feet. To learn more about orthopaedic care of the upper and lower extremities, click here


Our orthopaedic surgeons who specialize in the treatment of spine conditions are all board-certified in orthopaedic surgery and have received extensive fellowship training in the diagnosis and treatment of spine conditions, making them uniquely qualified to: 

  • Diagnose your injury or condition 
  • Determine the best course of treatment, including medication, exercise, injections or other non-operative care, and surgery 
  • Direct rehabilitation of your condition by recommending exercise or physical therapy 
  • Look for opportunities to prevent future injury or slow the progression of disease.  

It’s important to remember that for most spine conditions and injuries there is more than one form of treatment. Your orthopaedic spine surgeon will help develop a treatment plan, focusing on conservative, non-surgical treatment whenever possible. In fact, we are successfully able to treat 90% or more of our spine patients without surgery.  ​​​

Should I see a neurosurgeon or orthopaedic surgeon? 

If you have a spine condition, you may be wondering if an orthopaedic spine surgeon or a neurosurgeon is right for you. For most types of spine care, both specially trained orthopaedic surgeons and neurosurgeons may be considered.  


In the past, neurosurgeons were primarily responsible for spine surgery. But, in the last 25 years, spine surgery has evolved so that both neurosurgeons and orthopaedic surgeons specialize in spine surgery, and both are now equally qualified for most of the typical spine operations.