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When to See an Orthopedic Physician

  • Category: Orthopedics
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  • Written By: Henry County Hospital

An orthopedic doctor's primary focus is to make sure your bones, joints, ligaments, and tendons are taken care of. Whether a break, tear, strain, or other orthopedic injury occurs, they are here to help you get back to your regular activity while preventing you from further damage or stress.

Not only can an orthopedic physician diagnose your injury but they can also help manage any past injury that has worsened over time or occurs from repetitive motion or activity (known as an “overuse injury”). If you are still unsure when and why you should see an orthopedic physician, here are some common causes below:

Recent Injury

Whether you experience a sprain, strain, fracture, or dislocation, our team of orthopedists are here to give you same-day care. Some other injuries we can help diagnose and treat include:

  • Tendon and ligament injuries
  • Painful or swollen joints
  • Foot or ankle pain
  • Wrist, elbow, hand, and shoulder pain
  • Neck and back pain

If you have suffered an injury that has not improved with rest, ice, compression, elevation, contact your doctor within 48 hours for an evaluation.

A Repetitive Injury

If you find that you are nursing a weak or sprained ankle each time you hit the field or your shoulder always keeps hurting, an early diagnosis can help find an effective treatment so you can reduce pain and prevent your injury from worsening.

Your Range of Motion is Increasing Limited

If you can’t throw a ball like you used to or your knee no longer moves with ease like it once did, orthopedic care can help. Often a specific exercise plan can be created to help increase flexibility and improve your alignment. The sooner you see a specialist, the less chance you have of the injury from worsening.

Instability When Walking or Standing

If you recently find yourself wobbling or shaking while performing daily tasks like walking, or standing, your joints may be to blame. By visiting an orthopedist, you will be asked detailed questions to find the source of your sudden instability, so you can further work on finding a plan to correct it.

Henry County Hospital Orthopedic Clinic

With quick and convenient care and no appointment necessary — we aim to have you back to living life faster than ever. From diagnosis to treatment, we are here to help you with most orthopedic injuries. For more information, call 419.591.3853