The end of the year is quickly approaching, which means it’s almost time again for New Year’s resolutions and realigned health goals. However, there is still time before the year ends to make good on the health goals you set back in January. End the year on a high note by seeing one of our Orthopedic Physicians!
A medical specialty people don’t often take advantage of but should, is an orthopedic physician. This blog will explain when to see an orthopedic physician, what conditions orthopedic physicians specialize in, the symptoms that call for orthopedic care and how our specialists can help you. An orthopedic doctor specializes in injuries of the musculoskeletal system — which includes bones, joints, ligaments, nerves, and tendons. They can help you with any of the following symptoms:
- Muscle, joint, or bone pain that began after an injury or accident
- A torn or ruptured tendon
- Instability or dislocation
- Progressive hip or knee pain
- Pain in your hip or knee that is worse during weight bearing activities
- Arthritis in your hip, knees, elbow, or elsewhere
- A diagnosis of osteoarthritis
- Neck or back pain
- Radiating arm or leg pain (pinched nerve)
When to See an Orthopedic Physician
While everyone will likely experience joint pain at some time in their life, any musculoskeletal injury that requires medical attention will land you in the office of an orthopedic physician. Those who play sports, lead an active lifestyle or work in a field that requires prolonged, repetitive movements are also likely to see an orthopedic physician in their lifetime.
What Does an Orthopedic Physician Do?
On top of looking to determine the root cause of your suffering, your orthopedic specialist also aims to do the following:
There are a variety of musculoskeletal injuries that cause pain. An orthopedic physician treats pain in the following areas:
Improve Range of Motion Musculoskeletal injuries from overuse or an accident can lead to a diminished range of motion in those patients. An orthopedic specialist can work to improve your range of motion to allow you to get back to your daily tasks with less pain. From getting dressed, showering, bending over and more, pain and stiffness related to an injury can cause even the most mundane tasks to become difficult.
If pain is stopping you from enjoying your everyday life, reach out to schedule an appointment with our orthopedic doctors. The board-certified professionals will work with you to come up with the best solution for your lifestyle. While some patients do require surgery to return their range of motion to normal again, many see improvements with physical therapy alone.
Prevent and Treat Injuries
Fractures, muscle injuries, broken bones, dislocations, tendon tears or ligament injuries are commonplace at the orthopedic office. Orthopedic physicians work to treat injuries as well as prevent them in patients who are highly active or participate in sports. These prevention plans help patients know what to do in order to avoid a medical injury in the future.
Conditions and Treatment
On top of treating joint pain, orthopedic physicians also treat the following medical conditions:
- Bone Tumors
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Hip Dysplasia
- Muscular Dystrophy
- Runner’s Knee
- Tennis Elbow
If you are looking to start 2023 off on the right foot, don’t delay. Contact us today to book an appointment with an orthopedic specialist who will put your health and wellness first.
Orthopedic Care in Houston – Townsen Memorial
At Townsen Memorial, our family of hospitals, clinics and imaging centers are equipped with the latest in medical technology and orthopedic care strategies. We strive to provide the best patient experience across all Townsen Memorial affiliated sites. Our standard of high-quality care starts at our Emergency Room and carries on through our Imaging Centers, Surgery Centers, and through our Hospital. Our medical sites are located in Houston, TX and the surrounding areas, to provide the best care to patients in and around Harris County. To learn more, visit townsenmemorialhospital.com or call 1-877-494-9487.