An orthopedic doctor, or orthopedist, is a medical professional whose discipline of treatment targets musculoskeletal problems. The focus of an orthopedic surgeon is to prevent, diagnose, operate, and heal bone, joint, ligament, tendon, and muscle issues. Some orthopedists cover a broad overview, known as a general orthopedist, who diagnose patients and then usually refer them to a medical professional with more experience in the particular area of the body diagnosed. The orthopedic professional a general orthopedic refers their patients to is known as an orthopedic specialist. An orthopedic specialist normally has years of experience dealing with orthopedic care in the finger/hand, wrist, elbow, shoulder, hip, knee, or ankle. Some orthopedic specialists may have sufficient experience working with the entirety of the leg or arm as well.