Going to see a doctor is a love-hate relationship (we know!). Literally, some people love it and some people hate it. However, because problems with the bones and joints can be very serious you should definitely not overlook going to see an Orthopaedic doctor in certain situations.
Orthopedic injuries are not limited to elderly people. Orthopedists specialize in issues and injuries of the musculoskeletal system. This includes the bones, joints, cartilage, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. These doctors play a major part in preventing, diagnosing, treating, and aiding in the rehabilitation of issues with the musculoskeletal system. There are many subspecialties within the occupation, meaning that whatever your particular problem is, there is a specialist who can help.
When should you consult an orthopaedic doctor?
The primary reason you should see an orthopaedic specialist is if your injury is not going away on its own.
While some people tend to brush off symptoms as mere aches and pains, bone and joint problems, for example, can become debilitating and painful. In order to avoid this happening, keep an eye out for these signs:
- Pain lasting longer than a few days
- Difficulty using specific body parts (ex: walking up stairs, bending to pick something up, pain when straightening the back)
- Deformity, swelling, or bruising of the joints
- Any signs of infection, such as heat, fever, or redness
- Other unusual symptoms, particularly around injuries
What will the orthopedist do?
The orthopaedic doctor will diagnose and, if possible, treat your injury. Lifestyle changes, physical therapy, and/or medication are recommended and implemented before resorting to surgery. One of the benefits of consulting a surgeon is that, should surgery be necessary, they will be familiar with your entire case and can guide you through the process.
Keep in mind that you are always the final authority on your body and your health. Doctors are responsible for providing you with information and advice, and peace of mind. If you are having any of the issues discussed in this article, please call us at Duval Orthopedic Clinic and we will see how we can help you.