If you have an injury or pain in a joint, muscle, or bone, it could be time to seek the expertise of an orthopedic doctor. Orthopedists specialize in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disorders or injuries of the musculoskeletal system, including the bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, and muscles.
Musculoskeletal conditions can affect people of any age and at any time in their life, whether as a result of a sports injury or a wear-and-tear injury such as arthritis. Muscle and joint pain is often short-term and will go away on its own, but it may be a good idea to see an orthopedic doctor if:
- You have pain or discomfort that has lasted more than two weeks
- You have a reduced range of motion in any joint
- Normal daily activities like walking up stairs or lifting are becoming difficult or painful
What Does an Orthopedic Doctor Do?
Orthopedic physicians not only diagnose and treat injuries caused by sports or physical activity, but they can also help manage chronic or progressive conditions such as arthritis or osteoporosis. They also provide preventive care and pain management for overuse injuries or recurring injuries.
Orthopedists most commonly treat conditions including:
- Sports injuries
- Traumatic injuries (e.g., from a car accident)
- Overuse injuries (e.g., carpal tunnel syndrome)
- Back pain
- Spine disorders (ruptured discs, spinal stenosis, etc.)
- Degenerative diseases (arthritis, osteoporosis, etc.)
- Musculoskeletal tumors
- Broken bones
- Torn ligaments (e.g., ACL tear)
- Full or partial joint replacements/reconstruction
Orthopedic doctors always try to implement nonsurgical options first. This can include rest, physical therapy and rehabilitation, medications or injections, and lifestyle changes.
Key responsibilities of an orthopedic doctor include:
- Assessing patients’ orthopedic needs
- Ordering medical and imaging tests
- Prescribing pain-relief medication
- Providing pain-relief injections
- Performing surgery
- Referring patients to other medical specialists as necessary
An orthopedic doctor can help you with more than just an injury or pain. They are also specialists who can advise patients about how to prevent injuries, provide physical therapy plans, and offer long-term treatment beyond surgery.
Who Should See an Orthopedist?
Orthopedic doctors often see patients who have chronic conditions or serious injuries, and some may require surgery. These physicians are qualified to operate on patients who require surgery as part of their treatment, such as by setting broken bones or repairing a torn ligament.
Quite often, if there is a need to see an orthopedic specialist, your primary care doctor can refer you to one. If you visit an urgent care center with a musculoskeletal injury, they will likely refer you to an orthopedic specialist too. But if you have been suffering with pain or discomfort for longer than a couple of weeks, you can always visit an orthopedic doctor to get the treatment you need.
Orthopedic Physician in Macomb County
Movement Orthopedics is a leading orthopedic and sports medicine practice serving Macomb County and the surrounding communities. We treat patients of all ages who are experiencing musculoskeletal dysfunction related to an injury or medical condition. We also specialize in knee and hip conditions.
Our treatments are designed to restore function and mobility while eliminating pain. We utilize cutting-edge procedures, including platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy and stem cell treatment. We also offer joint replacement, joint reconstruction and preservation procedures, joint injections for pain relief, minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery, robotic knee surgery, and hip replacement surgery.
Movement Orthopedics has many on-site conveniences including orthopedic urgent care with extended hours plus a physical therapy practice.
If you need advanced orthopedic care or would like more information about the services we provide, call us today at (586) 436-3785 or request an appointment online now. We look forward to helping you get back in the game!