We found 3 orthopedic surgeons who accept Great-West Healthcare PPO near Mission Viejo, CA.

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Dr. John Anthony Schlechter, DO
Specializes in Pediatric Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
25982 Pala Drive; Suite 230
Mission Viejo, CA
 

Dr. John Schlechter is a specialist in pediatric orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He works in Orange, CA and Mission Viejo, CA. Dr. Schlechter studied medicine at New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Schlechter trained at Riverside Regional Medical Center and Riverside County Regional Medical Center. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HealthSmart, and more. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Schlechter's professional affiliations include St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, Greater Newport Physicians (GNP), and St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP).

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Clinical interests: Sports Health, Hip Problems, Musculoskeletal Trauma, Elbow Problems, Shoulder Problems, Fractures, ... (Read more)

Dr. Carl R Weinert Jr., MD
Specializes in Pediatric Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Other
25982 Pala Drive; Suite 230
Mission Viejo, CA
 

Dr. Carl Weinert is a specialist in pediatric orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and subsequently trained at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) for residency. He has a special interest in musculoskeletal problems. Dr. Weinert's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Weinert accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and more. His distinctions include: Southern California Super Doctors 2008 and Physician of Excellence OCMA, Multiple years. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA.

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Clinical interests: Musculoskeletal Problems

Dr. Samuel R Rosenfeld, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Spine Surgery, Other
25982 Pala Drive; Suite 230
Mission Viejo, CA
 

Dr. Samuel Rosenfeld's areas of specialization are pediatric orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and spine surgery; he sees patients in Orange, CA and Mission Viejo, CA. His education and training includes medical school at Penn State College of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. Clinical interests for Dr. Rosenfeld include spasticity, spine surgery procedures, and muscular dystrophy. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Rosenfeld accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. His distinctions include: Southern California Super Doctors and Southern California Super Doctors 2008. His professional affiliations include St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA.

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Clinical interests: Musculoskeletal Trauma, Spina Bifida, Musculoskeletal Problems, Spasticity, Spine Surgery ... (Read more)

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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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