An Orthopaedic Surgeon is a medical doctor whose specialized areas of study enables him to diagnose and treat conditions dealing with the musculoskeletal system of the human body. This covers problems dealing with the spine, the joints, the ligaments and tendons, bones, muscles and nervous system, all of which facilitate an individual’s ability to move and be physically active.


When a general practitioner finds that his patient is in need of a bone specialist, a doctor who can provide both orthopaedic surgery as well as non-surgical treatment methods in order to help eliminate the pain and discomfort caused by congenital disorders, degenerative diseases, sports injuries, trauma to the musculoskeletal system, tumors and infections, he will refer him to an orthopaedic surgeon for further examination, diagnosis and treatment.

The medical problems that an Orthopedic Surgeon deals with can exist from birth as a congenital condition, or can be cause by some type of injury or by the aging process. Most orthopedic surgeons specialize in some individual facet of orthopaedics. These range from trauma orthopaedics dealing with patients brought into a hospital emergency room or trauma center, to sports orthopaedics dealing exclusively with injuries caused by athletic activity, to spinal disorders, hand or foot surgery, and pediatric or geriatric orthopaedics, dealing either with the very old or the very young.

An orthopaedic surgeon is charged with determining the best method for treating a chronic or temporary condition affecting the musculoskeletal system. Depending upon the severity of the problem, the orthopaedic surgeon may recommend such non-surgical courses of treatment as physical therapy or traction to alleviate a sprain, strain or dislocation. For more serious issues involving injury, disease or deformity, the specialist may recommend reconstructive surgery, replacement of the joint with an artificial substitute, or in the case of severely damaged limbs that cannot be reconstructed, surgical amputation (also see Operative Techniques in Orthopaedic Surgery).

Providence Orthopaedics, available at, offers first rate treatment and orthopaedic surgery for a variety of issues affecting an individual’s musculoskeletal health and well being. Providence’s specialty is providing minimally invasive surgical treatment techniques that enable a patient to recover more quickly. Providence Orthopaedics provides expert diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation for all injuries and diseases affecting the body’s bones or joints. Whether dealing with sports injuries and fractures, or issues affecting the hips, knees and spines due to accident or aging, patients place their trust in orthopaedic specialist Dr. Siow Hua Ming and his team of dedicated healthcare professionals.