Find out how a top orthopedic surgeon from San Jose Orthopedic Center can help you.
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Over 28 million Americans develop musculoskeletal problems every year. Most of the patients complain of joint pain, muscle pain, and long-term tendon pain, among other symptoms. Musculoskeletal problems include:
- Overuse injuries
- Back, knee, and shoulder pain
Many people medicate themselves with over-the-counter medicine. The pain medication works for some time, but most patients can testify that the symptoms keep recurring. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is best to consult with a top orthopedic surgeon to get to the root of the problem.
What Do Orthopedic Doctors Do?
Orthopedic doctors specialize in diseases, injuries, and issues related to the musculoskeletal system. Orthopedic surgeons and doctors play an important function in the prevention, rehabilitation, diagnosis, and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions and injuries. These specialists can be found in hospitals, clinics, and specialized treatment centers. The treatment they provide includes treating infections, joint problems such as arthritis, sports injuries, broken bones, bone tumors, and degenerative and congenital conditions such as osteoporosis. A top orthopedic surgeon is trained and skilled to handle conditions ranging from minor issues such as sprains to complex conditions such as hip surgery.
When Should You See an Orthopedic Specialist?
If you are suffering from pain in the back, neck, hips, shoulders, or knees, you need to see an orthopedic doctor. Some of the common symptoms you may experience include:
- Prolonged pain in the joints, muscles and tendons
- Difficulty in using a certain part of the body
- Difficulty in performing daily routine activities such as carrying groceries, walking, using the stairs, and minor lifting
- Joint pain that intensifies when resting
- Signs of infection such as redness, fever, heat, and inflammation
- Joint deformity
- Limited musculoskeletal abilities, such inability to sit straight or bend
Orthopedic doctors perform surgical procedures as the last resort. They begin by using treatments that involve less invasive methods, such as physical therapy and medication. The patient is monitored to see if the condition improves over time. When these treatments fail, your doctor might recommend surgery. Some of the common surgical procedures include hip replacement and back, ankle, shoulder, and knee surgery. Your top orthopedic surgeon will begin by performing various arthroscopic procedures which enable them to diagnose, visualize, and treat joint problems.
Your initial orthopedic appointment may include medical history examination, physical tests, X-rays, or MRI’s and other diagnostic tests that the surgeon may deem necessary.
A comprehensive medical history is discussed in order to get to the root cause of the problem. Be prepared to explain the kind of pain you are feeling. Describe the intensity of pain you feel when performing tasks such as walking, getting in the car, lifting objects, and lying down. It is also good practice to keep a record of what time of the day or night you experience the pain. You also need to inform the orthopedic doctor if you have had any prior injuries. If you have any x-rays, you can take them with you for the consultation. Your top orthopedic surgeon will also inquire about pre-existing medical conditions such as osteoporosis, anemia, arthritis, hypertension, obesity, and diabetes. These conditions may have a huge impact on the type of medication and treatment that the doctor or surgeon will recommend.
There are various physical tests that orthopedic surgeons use to assess your condition. This can include reflexes, motion capabilities, swelling, and even skin conditions. For instance, if you are experiencing knee pain, the doctor will measure how far your knee can extend both forward and backwards. During the physical tests, your doctor will observe the patient’s ability to stand, walk, sit, climb the stairs, and bend backward and forward. You may also be asked to perform other motion exercises. This information will be used either to confirm or rule out a certain diagnoses.
X-rays and other imaging techniques are used to reveal a myriad of conditions such as change in shape or size of a particular body part. Thickening or narrowing of parts such as the hip joint, knee, neck, and back could point to a cyst, misalignment, or deformity. MRIs are particularly used to detect early stages of various musculoskeletal diseases. The surgeon will assess any previous X-rays and but may insist on a more recent test because deterioration may progress over time. Surgeons may also use a combination of an X-ray and an MRI to assess if there are any complications. Infections and tendon issues may require more than one imaging technique. The tests and evaluations are critical in determining the best treatment to administer. The surgeon will discuss the best treatment option and any risks and complications.
Special attention needs to be taken if you notice that your children have bone structure problems or deformities. In most cases, these complications can be corrected when they are still young. Early treatment is essential when it comes to musculoskeletal issues. Seeking immediate treatment from a top orthopedic surgeon will prevent the issue from getting more severe. In some cases you may find that early intervention will only involve medication and physical therapy.
Whether you have experienced an injury or are noticing symptoms related to orthopedic conditions or diseases, contact our office today to schedule an appointment with a top orthopedic surgeon. We are able to answer any questions you might have about diagnostic procedures or orthopedic surgical procedures and other types of treatments. At our office, our goal is to put your mind at ease when it comes to your medical care, so that you can trust that we handle your orthopedic concerns with your overall wellbeing and health in mind.