• Jace Kim

What is Orthopedics?

If you are trying to pursue a career in the medical field, you might be interested in choosing a certain specialized area of medical studies. There are various fancy specialties such as otolaryngologists, or cardiologists. But, here is the one that could be very attractive more than any other medical specialty: orthopedics.

Orthopedics takes care of the skeletal system and interconnecting parts of our body, which are bones, muscles, joints, tendons, and ligaments. Some subspecialties of orthopedics are sports medicine, spine surgery, joint replacement. People who get injured from strenuous physical activities and sports, or aging are typical orthopedic patients. The patients get diagnosed as having arthritis, bone tumors, fractures, muscle strains, and more. Orthopedics’ methods of treatment usually do not involve surgery. Instead, the injuries are treated with proper medication, rest, therapy, and lifestyle change. A light sprain is one kind of injury that can be cured through resting. For the worst situation of getting severe damage on body parts, such as the situation called fracture orthopedics conduct surgeries to help to recover body parts.

Becoming orthopedics is not simple. First, you have to complete 4 years of undergraduate education and 4 years of medical school. After that, you have to go through 5 years of residency. Fellowship years are optional, but including fellowship years, a total amount of time to become certified orthopedics will take approximately 13 to 15 years. In the middle of this journey of becoming an orthopedic, you have to take the American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons exam and the United States Medical Licensing Examination for 3 years. The course load and amount of things to be learned will be extremely challenging and make you suffer, as other medical specialties do.

Besides the rigorous process, pursuing orthopedics may benefit you in different ways. According to Medical Aid, the job growth of orthopedics is expected to be about 7 percent, with a high annual salary. Regardless of the economic gain from working and keeping life as a doctor, orthopedics can find more inspirational values, while meeting patients. Whenever they help patients to move and go back to their normal life, the orthopedics feel proud and motivated. Those are the moments that help orthopedics keep having responsibilities and happiness in caring for people. The fact that orthopedics can be the most closely related to the most normal life of people will make being an orthopedist attractive.

‘Moving’ is a big part of people’s life. Although we have our brain alive, it might not feel like we are alive unless we have our fingers tapping on the table, feet running around with friends, or muscles trying to grab things. Orthopedics, treating our bones or muscles to function and stay well inside our bodies, make that possible. Therefore, orthopedics can be recommended as one of the intriguing and satisfying fields of study.