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Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
705 Oak Street; Suite 11
Big Rapids, MI
 

Dr. Melissa Deniel's specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Deniel include arthroscopic surgery, pain, and sports health. She is in-network for Medicare insurance. Her education and training includes medical school at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and residency at Blodgett Memorial Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Knee Problems, Arthroscopic Surgery, Pain, Sports Health, Ankle Problems, Arthritis, Elbow ... (Read more)

Specializes in Orthopedic Trauma, Hand Surgery, Adult Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery, Sports Medicine
705 Oak Street; Suite 11
Big Rapids, MI
 

Dr. James Mueller is a physician who specializes in orthopedic trauma, hand surgery, and adult orthopedic reconstructive surgery. He attended medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School. Dr. Mueller's training includes a residency program at Henry Ford Hospital. He is in-network for Medicare insurance.

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Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
650 Linden Street; Suite 2
Big Rapids, MI
 

Dr. Sudhir Rao works as a hand surgeon and orthopedist in Big Rapids, MI. He accepts Medicare insurance.

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Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
650 Linden Street; Suite 2
Big Rapids, MI
 

Dr. Aleksandar Tosic sees patients in Big Rapids, MI. His medical specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Tosic is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance.

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Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
650 Linden Street; Suite 2
Big Rapids, MI
 

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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.

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