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We found 4 orthopedic surgeons who accept Coventry Pediatric Dental near Lakeland, FL.

Dr. Stuart Drew Patterson, MD
Specializes in Other, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
2000 East Edgewood Drive, Suite 112; Central Fl Ortho Surg Assoc Place
Lakeland, FL
 

Dr. Stuart Patterson's area of specialization is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Patterson include hand problems and musculoskeletal surgery. He has received a 2.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Patterson is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Cape Town Faculty of Health Sciences and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with McMaster University. He speaks Afrikaans. Dr. Patterson's hospital/clinic affiliations include Winter Haven Hospital and Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center. Dr. Patterson is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Sports Health, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Shoulder Problems, Fractures, Arthroscopic Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Chukwuka Chinedum Okafor, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
5050 S Florida Avenue
Lakeland, FL
 

Dr. Chukwuka Okafor works as a spine surgeon and orthopedic surgeon. After attending Boston University School of Medicine, Dr. Okafor completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University. His areas of expertise include the following: spine surgery procedures and spine problems. The average patient rating for Dr. Okafor is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Okafor takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is conversant in Igbo.

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Clinical interests: Spinal Procedures, Spine Problems, Spine Surgery Procedures

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Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
2135 Hardin Boulevard
Lakeland, FL
 

Dr. John Cotton is a medical specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Cotton studied medicine at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Cotton trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Lakeland Regional Health (LRH).

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Specializes in Orthopedic Trauma
3030 Harden Boulevard
Lakeland, FL
 

Dr. Benjamin Miller is an orthopedic trauma specialist. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Miller's education and training includes medical school at Marshall University, Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine and residency at Orlando Health. He is affiliated with Lakeland Regional Health (LRH).

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What is Orthopedic Surgery?

Orthopedic surgeons, sometimes just called orthopedists, are surgical doctors of the musculoskeletal system. They work to keep your body active and in motion by treating problems with your bones, joints, tendons and muscles. The most frequently treated disorder seen by orthopedic surgeons is osteoarthritis, a common “wear-and-tear” problem where the cartilage that cushions the ends of the bones wears down, causing friction and pain. Orthopedic surgeons might also see patients for bone and joint deformities, amputation, infections of the bone and joint, overuse injuries, or nerve compression.

Orthopedic surgeons can order tests such as blood work and x-rays to get a clearer picture of the issue. Depending on the illness or injury, more than one different form of treatment may be used. Treatment may include:

  • Surgery, such as fusing bones together to increase stability, or replacing a joint
  • Medication, such as pain medication or steroids to promote healing
  • Casts, splints, or orthotics (devices such as braces or shoe inserts to support the body)
  • Physical therapy, a kind of treatment using exercise, stretching, heat, and massage to heal the body
  • Exercise, stretching, movement, and use of the affected part

Orthopedic surgeons also work to prevent injuries and slow the progression of disease in their patients. They educate patients on ways to prevent future injuries, and they treat illness in order to prevent further damage to bones or joints that may be affected by disease. The goal of an orthopedic surgeon is to help their patients restore movement and regain an active life.