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Published on March 31, 2020

Are You A Candidate For Orthopedic Surgery?

Injured ankle

People who are experiencing pain often wonder if they are a candidate for orthopedic surgery. And you may be, as injury and pain are often treated by orthopedic surgeons. For those who may not know, orthopedic surgeons are devoted to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disorders of the bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, and muscles. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), some orthopedists are generalists and treat all areas of the body, while others specialize in particular areas of the body, like hands, feet and ankles, and spines.

The goal of an orthopedic surgeon is to help improve your function and reduce or eliminate pain. This is often done with the assistance of other specialists such as occupational and physical therapists, rehabilitation doctors and pain management specialists to holistically treat the patient. The long-term goal is to reduce pain, increase mobility, and to overall boost quality of life. Because orthopedic surgeons treat such a wide range of symptoms and conditions, a physician’s consult can help you figure out if you are a candidate for orthopedic surgery.

At UNC Lenoir Health Care, we are dedicated to treating your orthopedic issues. Our doctors are uniquely qualified, with decades of experience and access to the latest technologies and treatments. We treat children and teens (who often experience sports injuries) in addition to adults. Our experienced, trusted physicians can assess the situation and advise you on the best treatment for these conditions:

  • Arthritis and osteoarthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Concussions
  • Foot conditions, including Achilles tendonitis, heel bursitis, and plantar fasciitis
  • Fractures and stress reactions
  • Muscle and ligament strains
  • Neck pain
  • Overuse injuries, including carpal tunnel and rotator cuff tendinitis
  • Sciatica and other back pain
  • Sports-related conditions, such as biceps tendinitis, golfer’s elbow, and tennis elbow

While only a physician’s consult can help you know for sure, you may be helped by orthopedic surgery if you’re experiencing pain in your bones, joints, ligaments, and muscles.

If you would like to schedule a consult with one of our physicians, contact us at UNC Orthopedics & Sports Medicine at Lenoir, 252.522.4446. You can also get more information by visiting We are located at 701 Doctors Drive, Suite G in Kinston. We are here and ready to help you with your injury and pain.