Often people seek care from an orthopedic physician for neck and back pain or injury, sports injuries, or arthritic joints, and these are only a few of the musculoskeletal conditions that affect many others. An orthopedic doctor diagnoses and treats disorders and diseases of the musculoskeletal system. Additionally, they can help with the prevention of and rehabilitation from injuries. The musculoskeletal system includes nerves and tendons, bones, joints, ligaments, and muscles. If you are wondering when to visit an orthopedic physician, take a look at these guidelines:
- Pain – This can occur from an injury, a fall or accident, or may just progress over time. You may be experiencing any type of pain in joints including your ankles, knees, hips, wrists, elbows or in areas such as the back or neck. There may be pain in muscles or tendons that persists, and even swelling or bruising.
- Posture – Problems can arise from sitting at a desk hunched over a keyboard and increased use of electronics can even cause limited mobility. Shoulder and upper back stiffness and forward head posture can lead over time to anatomical changes in your spine, resulting in neck and back pain.
- Performance – Whether you are an athlete or just having difficulty using certain body parts to perform daily functions such as carrying groceries or climbing stairs, performance can be improved. You may even have limited range of motion, such as an inability to straighten your back or reach behind your back without pain.
- Prevention – Strategies can help to prevent injury, reinjury or immobility.
A good orthopedic physician evaluates each problem carefully before reaching a diagnosis. After coming to an accurate diagnosis, an effective treatment plan can be formulated. A successful treatment may include new technology or methods, along with traditional proven techniques.
When it comes to problems involving your ability to perform everyday activities, an orthopedic doctor can help, using their education, experience and skill to providing caring and effective treatment.
If you are experiencing musculoskeletal symptoms or pain, please call or visit Spine & Orthopedic Center today. Our doctors can help you determine the cause of your pain, and advise you on an appropriate treatment plan to put you on the road to recovery.