What is Orthopedics?
Orthopedics is the medical specialty that focuses on injuries and diseases of the musculoskeletal system. This complex, interconnected system has many aspects to it, but can often be simplified as bones and joints. It is the body’s system that allows us to move, work and be active. So, maintaining its overall health is imperative. The aches and pains that come with wear and tear of the human body are exactly what Board-Certified Orthopedic Surgeons like Dr. Sonnenberg aim to eliminate.
What makes up the Musculoskeletal System?
Bones – The structure and support of the entire body, the skeleton
Joints – The cartilage-covered pivot points that allow movement for the entire skeleton
Ligaments – The straps holding the joints together thus adding stability to motion
Tendons – The connections from muscles to joints, which transmit the force necessary to move the joints
Muscles – The driving forces of strength that power tendons to enable motion
Nerves – The transmitters of electrical impulses from the brain that cause the muscles to contract and move joints
The Role of an Orthopedic Specialist
Orthopedic specialists like Dr. Sonnenberg manage special problems of the musculoskeletal system providing:
Diagnosis of joint disorders or injury
Treatment with medication, therapy, injections, or even surgery
Rehabilitation through exercise and physical therapy to restore movement and function
Prevention with information and treatment plans to slow arthritis, avoid injuries, prevent overuse, and alleviate neuropathy
Medications. Therapy. Injections. Surgery.
Dr. Sonnenberg spent 6 years of rigorous training and specialization after medical school to develop the necessary expertise to best Diagnose, Advise, and Implement treatment plans to defeat Arthritis, Injury, Overuse and Neuropathy. As a Board-Certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery (AAOS), Dr. Sonnenberg has logged more that 35 years of experience combating various musculoskeletal maladies. And after working on the Streets of Chicago, including two Tours of Duty in Afghanistan and Iraq, precious little has escaped the Colonel’s portfolio of experience. He has been there and done that and is well equipped to defeat the Horsemen on your behalf.