Monday, September 7, 2015

When It's Time to See an Orthopedic Surgeon

Experiencing some pain after weekend sports or after overdoing it at the gym isn't automatically a reason to see an orthopedic surgeon in Colorado Springs. When pain becomes progressively worse or doesn't go away after a little rest, however, it helps to know when it makes sense to consult an orthopedic surgeon.

Know When Pain Isn't Normal

Go with your instincts when it comes to gauging your pain. You should have an idea of what aches and pains are normal and what's out of the ordinary. If you do experience an injury, take the following steps:

• Stop what you're doing and avoid the temptation to "play through the pain."
• Apply ice, rest the injured area of the body, or use a compression wrap.
• See your doctor if conservative treatments, such as rest, or OTC medications, don't help.

Referral to an Orthopedic Surgeon

Your primary care physician will refer you to an orthopedic surgeon if needed following an initial exam. Factors likely to be considered in the decision include X-ray results, the severity of joint swelling, the range of motion capabilities, and observed bone or joint deformities (which are confirmed through X-rays, too).

Just because your doctor refers you to an orthopedic surgeon doesn't mean that surgery
  is the only option you have to treat that pain. Following an additional evaluation, you'll be given the information you need to determine if surgery is right for you. Rest assured, though, that should you need surgery, advances in procedures have increased the success rates associated with many common surgical procedures for musculoskeletal pain.

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