When Should You See an Orthopedic Surgeon?

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An orthopedic surgeon is equipped to treat the symptoms and physical effects of joint damage, arthritis, chronic pain, and many different conditions. If a condition such tendonitis, bone spurs, neuroma, sciatica, or carpal tunnel syndrome have become severe enough, a surgeon may be able to provide relief and prevent the condition from getting worse.

There are many circumstances in which you would make an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon. The idea is to know your body. If the level of physical activity you are capable of decreases because of pain or lack of mobility in the knee, hip, hands, or any other part of the body, it may be a good idea to consult with a specialist. A possible injury feels much different than routine aches and pains. If one is suspected, don’t pursue further activity that causes pain and use ice and compression.

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Heed the Warning Signs

Most injuries will start to feel better in a couple of days. A chronic problem will persist and be accompanied by joint swelling, a decreased range of motion, and joint instability. The persistent swelling and other physical issues can cause a deformation of the affected area. Also, the sensations, impairments, and negative impacts on life will not improve, and may get worse over time.

People often aim to prevent future injury to the affected area. This is possible via warm ups and stretches prior to physical activity, and stretching and cooling down afterward. New workout routines should be started slowly. You should also condition your body through muscle strength training, so mobility and flexibility are improved during strenuous activity. Age also plays a role in physical fitness and the risk for injury.

Take Your Physician’s Advice

Primary care physicians can order x-rays and other tests to get a better look at orthopedic problems. They can issue a referral to a specialist if a problem is suspected. This is a good time to see an orthopedic surgeon because they can more accurately diagnose the problem and recommend steps to remedy it.

Neglecting to follow such advice can affect your quality of life. Joint problems can make it hard to walk or stand, or even sit down. There are many ways to correct joint abnormalities; instead of rushing into major surgery, a specialist may recommend physical therapy, injections, or medication. A long-term treatment plan may be established so the doctor can track your progress over time.

In general, if it is difficult to walk stairs or walk at all, a specialist such as Dr. Bill Nordt can provide a thorough assessment of your condition and the recommended best treatments for it. Any injury shouldn’t cause discomfort for more than a few days. After several weeks or months of pain, professional medical care is recommended. If the pain lasts longer than 12 weeks, it is clinically defined as chronic. Seeing an orthopedic surgeon can improve the situation rather than add more pain and hardship, as there are many options available for the wide range of orthopedic problems people experience as they get older.